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.
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.
Our Culture Negatively Impacts Bright Students, Especially
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.
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.
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.
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
services offered through the Center include:
consulting and employee
assistance counseling to increase
employee morale and productivity and
improve the quality of relationships in
presentations and public
seminars on gifted issues;
workshops for the gifted.