Services 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.
I am a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator.
Information about SENG Model Parent Groups can be found here.
my Services Include:
- Providing resources and advice to individuals or families.
- Presenting to or conducting a workshop for a group, organization, medical or psychology practice, or school.
- Conducting a book club for a parent group.
- Facilitating a group discussion for parents about parenting gifted children.
- Facilitating parent/teacher meetings.
- Supporting the development of parent support groups for gifted programs and parent affiliate groups for state gifted organizations.
Common issues and topics of interest for parents include:
- Understanding the nature and needs of my gifted child: 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?
- Communicating with my gifted child.
- Meeting the needs of my twice-exceptional child.
- Helping my gifted child, teen, or young adult explore his/her strengths, learning preferences, and interests.
- Supporting my child in developing friendships and relationships with peers (both same-age and same- mental-age peers).
- Finding enrichment activities, clubs, and weekend or summer programs.
- Facilitating my child's search for and development of mentorships.
- Supporting my child's academic team.
- Promoting successful parent/teacher relationships.
- Understanding my state's requirements for gifted programs and what I can look for in my child's classroom.
- Finding educational alternatives, when that is the most appropriate choice for my child.
- Helping my child's pediatrician, physician, or counselor understand what it means to be gifted.
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.