Beyond Giftedness XXIV Parent Conference

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM MST

This year's parent conference will again be a thread within the general conference and both parents and educators may choose to attend either parent-focused or educator-focused sessions that are presented simultaneously. Parents are also welcome to come early for Nadia Webb's 8 AM Keynote: Whole Brain, Whole Child, and to stay past the parent mini-conference for the Silverman/Betts Keynote and Mental Health Panel.

9:00 AM – Registration, Exhibits

9:25 AM – Sessions begin. Parent-focused Sessions:

9:25 AM - 10:25 AM
Who Am I and Why Does it Matter?: The Existential Dilemma:
So often, we hear gifted youth of all ages, lamenting the fact that no one “gets” them…sharing their frustration with peers who do not seem concerned at all with the questions that plague them, confused by their peers’ preoccupation with what they perceive to be meaningless things. The isolation that so often results from these feelings can not only lead to periods of depression, but can also prevent youth from fully engaging in their lives due to the fears and doubts they carry. This presentation and discussion will focus on how we can support our youth in their quest for answers, helping them learn how to cope with the questions, and manage the discomfort of the unknown. Jenny Hecht, clinical social worker and certified yoga instructor.

10:35 AM - 11:35 AM
Supporting Gifted Kids Growth and Well-being In and Out of the Classroom
: Gifted children thrive when they live well-balanced lives. The session will explore practical tools for encouraging and creating holistic growth in the life of your gifted students and children. We will discuss mindfulness techniques, and ways to facilitate personal and intellectual growth. In addition, we will share practical exercises that have been developed and successfully implemented by experts in the fields of gifted to enhance students’ personal growth, focus and self-confidence. Our hope is that these tools will support families at home, and students inside the classroom. Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden with Elizabeth Jones, President of Institute of Educational Advancement

11:35 AM – Lunch

12:15 - 1:30 PM Keynote: Overexcitabilities: Myths, Realizations and New Research

Please be sure to drop off your survey and pick up your complimentary copy of Linda Silverman's book, Counseling the Gifted and Talented, on your way out!


times & sessions subject to change