Author of “A Parent’s Guide To Gifted Children” Tells Audience How To Help Gifted Kids Search For Meaning In Their Life
Dr. Jim Webb spoke to a large, very interested audience at a BVGT presentation. Webb’s talk centered on his latest, and he says “my final book”: Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. Webb is one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education and has written or co-authored 17 books. You can buy Webb’s books on gifted from Great Potential Press. He’s pictured here with BVGT co-President Cindy Outlaw before his BVGT presentation. See more photos on our Facebook page.
You can see the slides from his presentation, including 13 Healthy Coping Styles for gifted individuals who are “Searching For Meaning”.
April/May Workshops For Parents: Learn How To Make The Most Of This Summer For You And Your Gifted Children
BVGT wants you to know about four evening workshops for the gifted community. All events are in April and May starting at 6pm at Boulder’s Mackintosh Academy. Info or RSVP to amy @ mackintoshacademy
- “Mastering Summer Nutrition: How To Best Support Summer Activities and Developing Brains Through Nutrition” with Susan Kracklauer, Certified Nutritionist, April 29.
- “Strategies for Summer: From boredom To Overscheduling, How To Best Serve the Gifted Child Over Summer” with Kerri Honaker, MS, MA, LPC, BCN, and Charity Finch, MS, LPCC, BCN, May 6.
- “Beyond Sports: Lessons Gifted Kids (and Their Parents) Can Learn Through Youth Sports” with Todd Barto, Youth Sports Coach and member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, May 8.
- “Transitions: How to Help Gifted Child With Closure of the School Year and Segue Into Summer” with Catherine Zakoian, MA, LPC, May 13.
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BVGT Presentation Addresses Gifted Children And Friendship
A recent BVGT presentation by Annette Sheely shed light on helping the gifted make and keep friends. Childhood friends are important because if a child hasn’t had at least one close friend by age 12, it’s much more difficult for the child to develop close relationships later in life, according to Sheely. With gifted children often being sensitive, intense, sometimes with unusual interests, and a smaller group of like-minded peers, it can be more difficult to make and keep friends. To discover what parents and teachers can do to help with building friendships, see the slides from “Friends For Life” here.
Gifted Children Want Help To Discover Their Golden Center
Dr. Patty Gatto Walden spoke to an audience of over a hundred parents and educators at a recent BVGT event titled “What Gifted Kids Want You To Know: Understanding Your Gifted Child from the Inside Out”. Part of what Dr. Patty spoke of was the “golden center” within each gifted individual. Educators and parents need to help children discover and nurture their “golden center.” She encouraged people to slow down and listen to the children. Read more about Dr. Patty Gatto Walden’s bio and current work. See our Facebook photos.
Jackson Encourages Parents To Think Of The Whole Person First
Susan Jackson, MA, RCC, the founder of Canada’s Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted, spoke to about 120 people at a BVGT presentation at Fairview High School. Her talk, “Resilient, Calm and Deeply Engaged: 27 Strategies to Promote Optimal Well-Being in Our Brilliant, Intense, and Asynchronous Kids”, focused on “the whole person first; before academics, before talent development. We have to honor and acknowledge all aspects of the whole child and help them find balance,” said Jackson. See the slides of Susan Jackson’s presentation here.