Friday, October 16, 2009

Parenting Gifted Children: Chicago Area Parent Talks

I'm reading: Parenting Gifted Children: Chicago Area Parent TalksTweet this!

Two exciting events for parents of gifted children are taking place in the Chicago area.

I am hosting the first one Tuesday night, an evening with Michele Kane, Ed.D., mother, teacher*, counselor**, advocate and president-elect of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children.

Michele will share tips on raising emotionally intense children and advocating for those children at school. She is a treasure trove of information and resources and I'm delighted and incredibly thankful that she volunteered her time for this talk.

*She also has a Master's Degree in Educational Administration
**and Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance

I plan to livetweet the talk under the hashtags #mkane #gifted

I asked my tweeps if they had any questions and here's what came in:

JeanneBernish asked, "How best to educate the educators and admins on best practices for teaching/I.D. #gifted"
and "and how best to encourage the training to percolate down through a PS hierarchy?"
and "finally, how to empower our G/T specialists within their schools to help serve #gifted pop"
(Keep in mind Twitter's 140 character limit; I can see what she's getting at.)

TeachAGiftedKid said, "I would to know how to educate all the parties involved with our gifted too."

If you have questions, leave them below in the comments and I will pass them along to Michele. See this blog next week for answers.

Event number two is The Challenge of Parenting an Artistically Talented Child
by Andy Mahoney at Science and Arts Academy in Des Plaines
Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm
There is no charge for this lecture, but donations will go to benefit the art department of SAA.


Anonymous said...

How do you continue to advocate for your child when a school administrator (let's say the principal) has flat out said the school has neither the capacity nor flexibility to meet your child's needs? How do you get around a roadblock like that?

Thien-Kim aka Kim said...

my 4 yo isn't in the school system yet. any tips for id'ing her as gifted and what to do when she starts school?

Gina said...

Hi Kim. Thanks for putting the call out for questions. Our 5 YO is highly gifted & having serious social issues at his new school. He's gone from an overly happy (& overexcitable) toddler to a depressed kindergartner over the years because he has such a hard time making friends. Just today we witnessed him wandering alone at recess.

As parents, we'd do anything in the world to help him overcome these struggles. But we simply don't know what to do. It breaks my heart that my happy, sweet child has become so unhappy, and often inconsolable even around the home.

So, my question is where do we turn to for help? What resources are available to help with the intense emotions and social struggles that gifted kids often experience?

Thanks again.