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Giftedness: Characteristics/Behaviors/Identification [clear filter]
Saturday, February 22

2:15pm PST

Welcome to the Real World: Recognizing the Challenges Facing Gifted/2e Teens and Young Adults

The asynchronous development of gifted/2e individuals does not magically disappear at a certain age. Modern living can challenge those who may be advanced in some areas of functioning, but behind in others. Even daily tasks such as personal hygiene, laundry, eating, and managing finances can paralyze them. Rites of passage including getting a driver’s license, introduction to drugs/alcohol, and dating can overwhelm them. This session will explore how asynchrony continues into teen and adulthood.

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Dr. Lisa Hancock

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Summit Center
Dr. Lisa Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist who works at Summit Center where she provides neuropsychological assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She specializes in working with twice-exceptional children, and with individuals who are highly... Read More →

Sharon Duncan

Gifted Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach
Sharon Duncan works with parents and educators to help them understand and meet the social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted children. Sharon consults on a wide range of challenges both at home and in the classroom, as well as provides staff training and assistance in defining... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm PST
Mesquite DE

3:30pm PST

Balancing Developmentally Appropriate Practice with the Needs of the Highly Gifted Child in an Early Childhood Setting

Research continues to show that early identification of a gifted child can be definitive for both the child and his caregivers. Understanding his unique characteristics allows adults to provide appropriate supports for the child as he navigates school, home, and social settings. Educators have a particular responsibility to provide an engaging and differentiated environment in which gifted children are encouraged to develop their individual talents and interests while laying the foundation of academic content. In this session, educators will be challenged to consider the influence of developmentally appropriate practices when considering how to best meet the advanced cognitive needs of the highly gifted early childhood student.

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Heather Brown

Teacher, Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Mrs. Heather Brown has taught for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings across several states. Currently, Mrs. Brown is a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in Arizona in THINK: Higley Unified School District's Highly Gifted Academy. Her professional goal is to be able to... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Mesquite F
Sunday, February 23

11:00am PST

How Can They Be So Smart If They Can't Get Anything Done?

Many of our gifted students have super brain power but lack the valuable resource of organization, time management, and flexibility in their cognitive thinking. This session will describe these three important areas of executive functioning skills, give indicators for each, and practical methods for helping gifted students learn to implement these important traits for themselves.


Stacy Colwell

Head of School, Frontiers Academy
As the Founding Director of The Davidson Academy of Nevada, Stacy went on to transform language immersion schools into strong educational environments with a rich curriculum that many gifted students choose to attend. Currently, at a trilingual immersion school, she has worked with... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Mesquite F

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