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The chapter titles in this book are all active, because bright kids and theadults in their lives—and the relationships between them—are continuallydeveloping. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 11, and 12 are about adults' involvement.Chapters 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 focus primarily on social and emotionaldimensions of bright kids' lives as they actively develop. Chapter 5 is aboutboth kids and adults, because both have reason to be optimistic even whilemotivation to perform ebbs and flows.
Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., is professor emerita and former director ofschool counselor preparation at Purdue University. In addition to herconsiderable clinical work with gifted youth, she has conducted workshopsand presented keynote addresses internationally on their social andemotional development, with topics related to academic underachievement,prevention- and development-oriented small-group work, listening skills,bullying, and trauma. Dr. Peterson has authored more than 140 books,journal articles, and invited book chapters, and her articles have appeared inall major gifted-education journals as well as in the Journal of Counseling & Development, Professional School Counseling, and International Journalof Educational Reform. She has received ten national awards forscholarship, including the 2020 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, as well as twelve awards atPurdue for teaching, research, or service. She was a state teacher of the yearin her first career as a classroom teacher. She lives in Indiana. Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D., is cofounder and executive director of the SummitCenter. He has devoted his career to the assessment and treatment ofchildren, adolescents, and families, specializing in overcoming worry andfear, learning differences such as dyslexia, and issues related to giftednessand twice-exceptionality. Dr. Peters is the author of Make Your Worrier aWarrior, its companion children's and teen's guide, From Worrier toWarrior, and the Warrior Workbook. He contributed to Twice Exceptional:Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with LearningDifficulties and toughLOVE: Raising Confident, Kind, Resilient Kids,coauthored Raising Creative Kids, and has authored many articles on topicsrelated to parenting, family, giftedness, twice-exceptionality, dyslexia, andanxiety. He cofounded and codirects Camp Summit, a camp for giftedchildren, and hosts the Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan. Dr. Peterswas recognized as the 2018 Mental Health Professional of the Year bySupporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) and received the 2013Distinguished Service Award from the California Association for Gifted. Helives in Northern California.