Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child

Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Fit Your Atypical Child

by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson

Authors of Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development

A concise guidebook for parents rethinking their educational choices, Making the Choice discusses how to balance the emotional and academic needs of gifted and 2e children, their parents, and their families. In Making the ChoiceCorin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and Mika Gustavson, MFT, demystify and de-mythify some of the perceived barriers to homeschooling and other alternatives. For those families wondering if alternative education is an option they should consider, Making the Choice offers ideas, guidance, and encouragement to fully evaluate the option.

Available in print at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and for Kindle and Nook. See below for international availability through Amazon!

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: Assumptions and Expectations
  • Chapter Two: Your Atypical Child
    • Gifted Identification
    • Testing 1, 2, 3
    • Levels of Giftedness
    • Twice Exceptional (2e) and Asynchronies
  • Chapter Three: When the Classroom isn’t Working
    • Gifted Programs
    • Bow Tie Model
    • Whose Fault is It?
    • Red Flags and Other Concerns
    • Ignoring the Red Flags
  • Chapter Four: Educational Alternatives
    • The Process
    • The Options
    • Transitioning from the Schoolhouse
  • Chapter Five: Considerations
    • Academic Outcomes (and Getting into College)
    • What about Socialization?
    • Parent-Child Dynamics
  • Chapter Six: Making the Choice
  • Appendix: Now What Do I Do?
  • Endnotes
  • About the Authors


Ann Zeise: A2Z Home’s Cool
“Instead of trying to force your child to fit into school, perhaps it is time to consider finding educational options that fully address your child’s academic and emotional needs.” Read more.

Pam Laricchia, Living Joyfully
“Reading some of their descriptions brought back memories of what life was like when my kids were in school—if this book had been available back then I would have welcomed it with open arms and a heartfelt ‘Thank you!’” Read more.

Jen Merrill, Laughing at Chaos
“If it weren’t for the fact that this house barely holds the four of us plus the OMG she got skunked again dog, I’d be entirely convinced that Corin and Mika were living in my front closet. The description of a 2e kid in a traditional school and its punishing effect on home life is spot on. Frighteningly so. At one point I was crying while reading. In public.” Read more.

Tulsa Book Review
“For parents of gifted children whose needs are unmet by their schools, Making the Choice will provide a welcome wealth of answers.” Read more.

Lisa Conrad, Gifted Parenting Support
“Making the choice to buy and read this book should be one of the easiest decisions you make as the parent of a gifted child.” Read more.

Cara Martin, Homeschooling Hatters: The Adventures of a Gifted, Asynchronous, Eclectic, Homeschooling Family
“This book is absolutely worth every moment you spend with it.” Read more.

Amazon reviews

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