During most educational and clinical training programs, little or no time is spent on the differing experiences and needs of people who are gifted.  Often, parents of gifted children also lack the information they need to identify and meet the needs of their gifted children.  Presentations and publications developed by Center professionals are designed to meet the needs of specific audiences as these needs are identified and requests are received. 

Generally, presentations take the following forms:

In-service training for school personnel and mental health professionals concerning how to meet the social and emotional needs of their gifted students or clients and how to identify and change patterns of underachievement.

Group presentations for parents to help them learn how to identify and meet the needs of their gifted children.

Differences and Difficulties Involved in Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students
This workshop explores how intellectually and creatively gifted students differ from others of average intelligence and offers recommendations teachers can use to deal with the difficulties these differences may create.

Grappling With Gifted Issues

This presentation identifies and explores social and emotional issues common among people who are gifted and talented. Problems covered include: over-sensitivity, intellectualization, feelings of difference, loneliness and social isolation, lack of trust in authority figures, perfectionism and procrastination, impatience and intolerance of other people's limitations, depression, multi-potentiality, competitiveness, problems related to sex-role stereotypes, and underachievement. Specific strategies that can help to resolve these issues are also presented.

How Our Culture Negatively Impacts Bright Students, Especially Girls
This presentation begins with an overview of messages we receive from media columnists and cartoonists about our current culture. Then, it explores historical precedents and pressures behind what is happening and describes the impact our culture is having on young people today. Finally, it explores what parents and teachers can do to minimize the negative impact such messages and pressures can have on their children.

Identity Issues and the Gifted

This presentation identifies traditional identity issues and explores how the resolution of such issues can be complicated by giftedness and multi-potentiality and can be hindered by other people's reactions to gifted differences throughout life. Strategies for overcoming obstacles to healthy identity development are also presented.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ): What Is It? Why Is It Important? How Can We Increase It?
High IQ plus low EQ can lead to disaster, as it did in Littleton, Colorado. This workshop looks at how deficits in emotional intelligence can occur; how they can affect people's self-concepts, interpersonal relationships, and other important aspects of their lives; and how such deficits can be overcome. 

Let's Talk About Testing
This informal lecture and dialogue session explores how psychological instruments are used to identify learning strengths and weaknesses among school-age children in addition to social-emotional and motivational factors that impinge upon their academic and interpersonal functioning. Special attention is devoted to how test results can be differentially interpreted in accord with the special needs and characteristics of gifted students. Assessment techniques discussed include measures of intelligence, gross neurological screening, academic achievement testing, behavior rating scales, and projective personality assessment. Recommendations for effective interventions addressing common diagnostic constellations are also provided.

Parenting for Achievement

This presentation focuses on techniques and strategies parents can use to foster their children's achievement by serving as positive role models; establishing appropriate goals, limits, and expectations; preparing children for learning; enhancing motivation and giving feedback; and avoiding parenting pitfalls. See publication by Dr. Suzanne Schneider.

Overcoming Underachievement 
This workshop identifies six different patterns of underachievement, focusing on social/emotional issues, and explores specific ways to help students reverse these patterns. See publication by Dr. Suzanne Schneider.

Assertiveness Training
This workshop helps participants define and learn to identify the verbal and non-verbal differences between assertive, non-assertive, passive-aggressive, and aggressive behaviors. Then, using this information, participants practice using effective communication skills through role-playing exercises and processing the interactions. 

Additional services offered through the Center include:
Management consulting and employee
  assistance counseling to increase
  employee morale and productivity and
  improve the quality of relationships in
  the workplace;
Media presentations and public
  seminars on gifted issues;
Special workshops for the gifted.

Copyright 2003 by C. Suzanne Schneider, Ph.D.  All rights reserved.