Consulting and advocacy for Parents

My goal is to meet the needs of gifted people and the people who care about them, especially when many of their needs are not being met by their current academic institutions. I use my experience as a parent of gifted children, an educational psychologist, an instructor, and researcher to find the most appropriate information and practices that will fit each person’s situation. 


my Services Include:

  1. Providing resources and advice to individuals or families.
  2. Presenting to or conducting a workshop for a group, organization, medical or psychology practice, or school.
  3. Conducting a book club for a parent group. 
  4. Facilitating a group discussion for parents about parenting gifted children. I am a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator.  
  5. Facilitating parent/teacher meetings.                                              
  6. Supporting the development of parent support groups for gifted programs and parent affiliate groups for state gifted organizations. 

Common questions:

How do I know if my child is gifted?  Why is my child different?  What can I do to support her/him?  How do I help my child understand and celebrate who she/he is?

My child is so different from me.  How do I communicate with her/him?

How do I help my child find his/her strengths and interests? 

My child has a hard time making friends.  How do I help her/him?

I think my child is twice-exceptional.  What can I do to support her/him?  

How can I help my child's doctor understand what it means to be gifted?




Past Presentations


Advocating for Gifted and High-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB

Although accountability is emphasized by No Child Left Behind, research studies provide evidence that high-achieving students are not making the gains in performance that are seen with low-performing, at-risk students.  Equip yourself with talking points from national research supporting advocacy for gifted services required by many state regulations and rules, but which may have been de-emphasized by schools struggling to meet the requirements of NCLB. 

Affective Curriculum - Molding Education to Fit Your Culturally, Linguistically, Ethnically, or Talent Diverse Child 

Many children from certain populations are still greatly under-represented in gifted programs, including those who are culturally, linguistically, or ethnically diverse, those who are gifted in non-traditional or non-academic areas, and those who are twice-exceptional.  Learn about affective/social-emotional curriculum and what parents can do to support their children in being recognized and served appropriately in the classroom.

  The Importance of Individual Creative Experiences in Programs for Talented Students

In examining the creative experiences of visual art students and their teachers at a fine arts magnet school, the results of a qualitative study revealed important physical, curricular, psychological, and emotional aspects of the program that enhanced and supported their creativity.  Many of these aspects are supported by research in visual arts education and could be developed by other visual arts programs. 

Gifted Military-Connected Students

Gifted students in military families face many challenges in seeking appropriate services in schools, compounded by issues due to relocation and deployment of a family member.  Family transitions, in general, can lead to loss of achievement that is associated with college attrition.  Participants will examine these challenges in light of current research and discuss resources for families, schools, and communities. Finding appropriate support for gifted military-connected students has implications for all gifted students experiencing transitions. 

A Parent's Guide to Differentiation:  What's Really Happening in My Child's Classroom?

Differentiation strategies have been embraced by the field of education, but often appear to be complex and confusing.  Participants will be introduced to basic differentiation practices and their connections to talent development through a framework of questions that parents can use to reveal what’s happening in their children’s classrooms.  They will also discuss ways to support the individual needs of their children and the efforts of teachers who may be struggling with implementing research-based strategies.




Past Book Clubs

Smart Boys and Smart Girls

Book club met once a week for six weeks to discuss Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, and the Search for Meaning by Barbara Kerr, Ph.D. & Sanford Cohn, Ph.D.  and Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, and Giftedness by Barbara Kerr, Ph.D.

When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers 

Book club met for 1 1/2 hours, once a week, for seven weeks to discuss When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers:  How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs , by Jim Delisle, Ph.D. and Judy Galbraith, M.A.