PREVIOUS EVENTS

Developing Talent:

Life Skills That Matter

 

Your bright child has the intelligence necessary to achieve – but what about the soft skills? What abilities must children have to be successful, not just in school but in the world? And how do you support the development of those skills so that your gifted student flourishes into adulthood?

Necessary aptitudes include:

  • Openness to new experiences

  • Self-efficacy

  • Growth mindset

  • Emotional regulation/mood management

  • Recognizing the difference between excellence and perfection

  • Coping skills for stress/anxiety

  • Ability to participate in civil discourse and debate

  • Ability to handle competition and constructive criticism

  • Walking the line between fitting in and demonstrating intelligence

Teens and parents - come and learn more about the importance of growth beyond the classroom!

IS YOUR PRESCHOOLER GIFTED?
 

There is no one profile that characterizes all gifted preschoolers just as there is no “line in the sand” that we can draw to separate bright from gifted children.  


Some gifted preschoolers teach themselves to read at 3 years old. Some gifted children aren’t ready to learn to read until 8 years old. Explore characteristics of gifted learners such as asynchrony, high energy, intensity, and creativity that may prevent them from fitting in with their peers. Learn why ADHD misdiagnoses are common among gifted children. Real world examples will be presented to give an overview of the characteristics of giftedness and the implications for identification.

IF I ONLY KNEW THEN:

PARENTING THE GIFTED CHILD

Learn techniques and strategies to improve parenting, mend relationships, and aid advocacy based on research and experience working with gifted children and families.

  • Facts and tips will be interwoven with personal accounts to demonstrate effective approaches to improve relationships with children and school districts.

  • Real-life stories will be included that show the differences between parenting a typical student and a gifted student.

  • Encourage your child to take risks, take ownership of his/her own learning, and empathize with others.

PREPARING YOUR ADVANCED & ACCELERATED STUDENT FOR COLLEGE:

 

What Schools are REALLY Looking for in Applicants!

 

As your student prepares for next year’s classes, do you wish that someone would be straight with you about what colleges are seeking in an applicant?

If so, come hear from an actual college dean of admissions about the reality of the college entrance experience, and learn how to navigate what has become an increasingly competitive and stressful process.

IS MY CHILD BRIGHT OR GIFTED?

(AND THEN WHAT DO I DO?)

Topics include:

  • Identification methods

  • Why proper identification is important

  • Gifted children: what are they like & what do they need?

  • How to advocate for your child

  • Opportunities available for academic challenge

Anxiety and the Gifted Student

Come hear Andy Mahoney, counselor for the gifted and talented, unravel the complexity between giftedness and anxiety. He will address various aspects of each and offer direction on how to know when it’s a problem for concern and/or an opportunity for growth.

Learn about:

  • Rates of anxiety in the gifted

  • How anxiety manifests at home and at school

  • Developing coping skills

  • When to see a therapist

  • And more!

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