Parenting Advanced Learners: Understanding Intensity, Feeding Curiosity, and Helping our Children Thrive
Facilitated by Karen Little, MSW
Parenting children who are advanced learners (also known as "gifted") can be wonderfully rewarding. It can also be challenging, frustrating, and exhausting! This session will provide an overview of some common personality traits that frequently accompany giftedness in children of any age. We'll look closely at intensity, which can relate to intellect and imagination (they have a tough time going to bed because they can't stop talking or thinking!), emotions (sad is devastating, happy is rapturous), senses (smells, tastes, sights, sounds, or textures are experienced as enchantingly wonderful or unbearably awful). We'll discuss ways to make adjustments to a child's home and school environment in order to accommodate various types of intensity and help our children to thrive. This session will also include fun ways to nurture our children's insatiable curiosity. We hope you can join us for a lively and enlightening discussion!
Karen Littell, MSW, recently served for four years on the statewide board of the California Association for the Gifted, and has both attended and presented many workshops related to gifted children. She created and chaired the Northern California CAG Symposium, a conference designed to increase the capacity of parents and educators to keep gifted children engaged and challenged at school and thriving at home. Karen delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Humboldt County GATE Academy and continues to present to school districts throughout our region. For the past three years, she has facilitated "Parenting Advanced Learners," a six-session in-depth exploration of gifted parenting at the Child Parent Institute. Herself a parent of two gifted daughters, Karen has many years of experience counseling children and families.