Resources for helping Gifted Students Adjust to a new Year by M2H14i0


									Resources for
helping Gifted
Students Adjust
to a new Year
Local Resources
Local Resources
• Las Cruces Public Schools/AES
   – Shannon Garrison, AES Lead
   – Judy Peckhum, Special Ed. Coordinator
   – Glenda Rodriguez, Director of Special Education
   – Steven Sanchez, Associate Superintendent for Learning,
     Teaching and Research
   – Stan Rounds, Superintendent of Schools
Parents and Advocates of
Gifted Education
PAGE Speaker Series
SENG Model Parent Groups
  SENG Model Parent Groups are structured to bring together 10 to 20
    interested parents of gifted and talented children to discuss such
    topics as motivation, discipline, stress management, and peer
    relationships. The co-facilitators of the group, though they are
    knowledgeable about parenting and about educating gifted/talented
    children, do not attempt to give expert advice to particular
    families. Instead their facilitation provides a non-judgmental and
    nurturing atmosphere. The parents of the high ability children are
    themselves a rich resource of information, and they are able to get
    fresh ideas from other parents and from A Parent’s Guide to Gifted
    Children, the book around which the sessions are organized. The
    groups meet weekly for a set number of weeks – usually 10 weeks.
State Resources
State Public Education
• NM PED – Gifted
• PED Gifted Technical Assistance
New Mexico Association
for the Gifted
• NMAG Resource Guide
  For Parents and Educators of Gifted
NM Gifted Advisory
• GAC PED Contact
  – Carolyn Brownrigg,
• Recommended links
• Recommended articles
• Recommended information about tests
National Resources
National Association for
Gifted Children
• NAGC Home
• NAGC Parents Page
• NAGC’s free Webinars on Wednesdays
• Parenting for High Potential
NAGC- Mile Marker Series


• Mile Marker #1: Discovering Differences
  Do you have questions about your child’s exceptional abilities and
  differences? This Mile Marker includes information about
  characteristics and identification of giftedness as well as dispels
  some common myths.

• Mile Marker #2: Exploring the World of G/T
  If you have a good understanding of the "basics" of giftedness
  and talent development, here is more targeted information about
  particular areas, such as social and emotional issues, keeping a
  child challenged, developing organizational skills, and ways to
  support high achievement at home and at school.
NAGC Mile Marker Series
• Mile Marker #3: Asking for Directions
  If you are ready for expert advice about what to expect in a
  school – including down-to-earth discussions of different
  instructional methods, and the vocabulary used by educators -
  you'll find that here.

• Mile Marker #4: Enlisting Support
  You’re at this marker when need to reach out to others in
  exploring and explaining what might work best for your child.
  You’ll find suggestions for communicating clearly with your school
  as you become an effective advocate for your child.

• Mile Marker #5: Making a Difference
  Are you ready to build support for the education of gifted children
  in your community, state, and nation? Here you’ll find resources
  to help you organize a local parent group, as well as learn about
  other opportunities to build advocacy efforts.
Supporting Emotional
Needs of the Gifted
• SENG Home
• Parenting the Gifted Articles
• SENG Audio Library
Davidson Institute for
Talent Development
• Davidson Home
• Article Library
Hoagies Gifted
• Hoagies – Home
• Hoagies Parent Page
Other links for parents:
• The Association for the Education of
  Gifted Underachieving Students
• Identification,
  Encouragement, and Development
• Gifted Child Society
• National Foundation for Gifted Creative
• American Association for Gifted Children
• The Association for Gifted Children
• National Research Center on the Gifted and
Publishers specializing in
Parenting of the Gifted
• Great Potential Press/Parents
• Free Spirit/Parents
• Prufrock Press/Parents
What are the issues:
• Identification of fears or anxieties, real or
• Identify issues regarding pecking order
• Identify issues of separation from friends
  that they may be leaving behind
• Identify issues revolving around
  developing new friendships.
Strategies to help
• Naming the fear gives you control over it.
• Use humor.
• Help the student gain perspective. It’s not an
  all or nothing world.
• Pair students who are going through the same
• Seek out other parents of gifted to see what is
  working for them.
• How can I help my perfectionistic child become more
  comfortable with being less than perfect to be
  excellent and sometimes just “good enough”?
• Twice Exceptional
• Preparing for college
      • Scholarships
      • Types of classes
      • AP vs. Duel Credit
• Left Brain – Right Brain
   – How to train you brain to develop non-dominant side of the
• Acceleration - what is appropriate?
Questions cont.
• Gilt form knowing “all the answers” in class. How do we deal with
• Overexcitabilities
• Anxiety from taking on to many projects, activities, advance
  courses, etc.
• Performance anxiety of gifted but shy kids.
• What activities can we do with our kids to enhance their lives?
• How do I help my child deal with “Gifted Melt-Downs”
   –   Transitioning
   –   Less/More Structure
   –   Boredom
   –   How melt-downs are related to “giftedness”

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