Gifted Resources for Families in Lancaster County, PA

Below you’ll find lists of recommendations for books and websites that fellow gifted families have found helpful!

Gifted Resources:

Please reach out to us directly with any questions or recommendations. We are always happy to answer questions and help fellow Lancaster County parents navigate the world of gifted education! Simply email:

Books for Gifted Children

  • The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
  • Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School
  • The Puzzling World of Winston Breen
  • Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat
  • The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 and Under
  • Research Ate My Brain: The Panic-Proof Guide to Surviving Homework
  • The Research Virtuoso: Brilliant Methods for Normal Brains
  • More Than a Test Score: Teens Talk About Being Gifted, Talented, or Otherwise Extra-Ordinary
  • The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything

Books for Parenting Gifted Children

  • Parenting the Gifted
  • Parenting Gifted Children
  • Living with Intensity
  • Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults
  • Helping Gifted Children Soar
  • The Sensory Child Gets Organized
  • From Worrier to Warrior
  • Failure is Not an Option
  • Excellence Gaps in Education
  • Perfectionism: What’s Bad about Being Too Good?
  • The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens
  • College Planning for Gifted Students
  • Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing “Never Good Enough”
  • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Developing Math Talent

Helpful Websites for Gifted Families

PAGE (Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education) has put together a great resource for parents navigating this process: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Education in Pennsylvania

The following websites are helpful in beginning to learn more and gain a better understanding of your gifted child:

We also highly recommend that you read through the important document below!

In Pennsylvania, special education for gifted students is mandated in Chapter 16 under the Public School Code. Chapter 16 outlines the definition of giftedness, screening of students, qualifications for gifted education, evaluations, procedures for the educational planning process, types of specially designed instruction, and rights and responsibilities.

This document will give you a solid foundation to help your child through this process: PA Dept of Ed Gifted Education Guidelines

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