In conjunction with the 23rd annual IAGC Convention, we have once again organized a Saturday morning of presentations specifically for parents! This year we feature two keynotes:
9 a.m. If You're So Smart, Then How Come...
11:45 a.m. Parenting For AchievementHave you found yourself saying this session’s title? Giftedness can come with some confounding behaviors. “Analytical Thinking” becomes “The Paralysis of Analysis” (and sometimes shares characteristics with an anxiety disorder). “Attention to Detail” becomes “Unhealthy Perfectionism” or “Procrastination” (and sometimes shares characteristics with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). “Curiosity” becomes the annoying student who asks the questions you don’t know the answers to… (and sometimes leads to Existential Depression, i.e. a mid-life crisis at age 12). “Asynchronous Development” becomes the roller coaster of the 7-yr-old who is reading a chapter book one minute and having a meltdown the next because he can’t tie his shoes. Come learn about and share in a discussion of the double-edged sword of giftedness – including strategies for managing both the downside and the upside.
And in between you can choose two breakout sessions from the list of presentations below:Why do some gifted children tackle school eagerly and succeed academically while others are reluctant scholars, often disinterested and sometimes defiant? In this session Dr. Krisel will examine key traits of high-achieving gifted students and a number of parenting practices that promote an achievement orientation. Together participants will explore the important role parents play in fostering their children's productivity and social-emotional skills.
And a Plenary: Gifted In Illinois: What's New?