Supporting Your Gifted Child

Family of four walking hand in hand down the streetPartnering With Parents group

Partnering with Parents is a seven-week guided discussion and support group for parents of gifted and talented children lead by trained facilitators. Each week, a new topic relevant to raising gifted children will be the focus. 

The objectives of the group are - - 

  1. Establish an environment in which parents of gifted children can receive support, guidance, and professional advice through discussion with other parents and trained leaders.
  2. Develop parenting skills to nurture self-concept and emotional development of gifted children and their families.

Contact Kirstan Morris (kirstanm@psdschools.org) for more information on upcoming parent support.

Session Topics for the PWP Group:

  • Introduction and Characteristics

  • Motivation and Discipline

  • Perfectionism and Stress Management

  • Peer Relationships

  • Idealism, Unhappiness, and Depression

  • Sibling and Parent Relationships

  • Communication of Feelings

Advocating for your gifted child at school

Classroom Advocacy Tip Sheet for Parents of Gifted Learners (NAGC 2016)

Teaching Your Gifted Student to Self-Advocate Tip Sheet (NAGC 2018)

 

The unique social and emotional needs of GT students

As Ian Byrd, a nationally-known gifted education presenter said, "Although we often define gifted students by their intelligence, it is their social and emotional needs that are often the biggest challenge.  By having a better understanding of gifted students' needs beyond pure academics, we can better serve as their (parents), teachers, and mentors."  Follow this link to Ian's easy-to-read article that goes over GT learners' unique social and emotional needs.

 

Twice-exceptional (2e) information for parents 

"Some students with learning and thinking difference have outstanding skills in certain areas.  These kids are often called "twice-exceptional (or 2e) learners.  They are exceptional in two ways.  They are gifted, and they have learning differences" (Morin 2014).

For more parent information regarding your 2e learner, please click on one of these following links:

CDE one-pager 2e document for parents (2016)-- English version OR Spanish version

Remote Learning Tips for 2e Students (2020) - - This is a great list of practical ideas!

Advocating for your 2e Child

"7 Myths About Twice-Exceptional (2E) Students" (2014)

12 Questions to Ask the School About 2e Students (2014)

Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children (2020)

Preparing Your 2e Child for the Transition to College (2010)