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Resources for Gifted Children and Their Families

by Kathe Oliver

April, 2008

Whenever the parents of intellectually gifted children gather, at some point the conversation turns to finding resources to help meet their children’s special needs. Bookstores and teacher’s supply stores rarely have much to offer the parents of gifted children. However, there are specialty catalogs which can be very helpful.

Here is a list of catalogs which have been recommended by teachers, Gifted Children’s Coordinators, and parents of Young Mensans. Many of the catalogs have websites which offer free information and e-mail newsletters. The contact information was accurate as of March, 2008.

Book Catalogs:

These catalogs primarily offer books and workbooks. However, some also sell other products.

Bright Ideas for the Gifted and Talented, A.W. Peller & Associates, Inc., 116 Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 106, Hawthorne, NJ 07507-0106. 800-451-7450, FAX 973-423-5569.

Critical Thinking for Gifted Kids, PO Box 1610, Seaside, CA 93955-1610. 800-458-4849, FAX 831-393-3277.

Dover Publications, Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501-3582. 516-294-7000, FAX 516-294-9758.

Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 217 Fifth Avenue North, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1299. 800-735-7323 or 612-338-2068 (to order), FAX 1-866-419-5199.

Great Potential Press, Inc., P.O. Box 5057, Scottsdale, AZ 85261. 877-954-4200, FAX 602-954-0185.

Prufrock Press, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813.
800-998-2208, FAX 800-240-0333.

Zanca, 351 Concord Road, Northfield, NH 03276.
800-397-4156.

The Zephyr Catalog, 814 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3109. 800-232-2187, FAX 312-337-5985.

Game, Toy, and Puzzle Catalogs:

Constructive Playthings, 13201 Arrington Road, Grandview, MO 64030-2886. 800-832-0572 (to order), 800- 448-7830 (customer service), FAX 816-761-9295.

Highlights, 1800 Watermark Drive, P.O. Box 269, Columbus, OH 43216-0269. 800-422-6202 (to order), 888-876-3810 (customer service), FAX 888-285-7110.

Intelligence Outfitters (Not Currently Available), 401 Broadkill Road, Milton, DE 19968.800-804-6785 (to order), 302-684-1547 (customer service), FAX 302-684-1593.

Mindware, 2100 County Road C West, Roseville, MN 55113.800-999-0398 (to order), 800-274-6123 (customer service), FAX 888-299-9273.

Young Explorers, P.O. Box 3338, Chelmsford, MA 01824-0938. 800-239-7577, FAX 800-866-3235

Zometool, Inc., 7475 West 5th Avenue, Suite 204, Lakewood, CO 80226. 303-297-3387, 888-966-3386, FAX 303-297-3487.

Twice exceptional:

Integrations, Solutions for kids with learning and sensory differences, P.O. Box 922668, Norcross, GA 30010-2668. Orders: 800-850-8602, Customer Service 800-850-8603,
FAX 800-845-1535

Salt of the Earth Weighted Gear: Weighted aids for children with autism, PDD, ADHD & other sensory disorders. 414 Rd. D1050, Henderson, NE 68371. 800-345-0579.

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