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Thursday, October 13 • 8:30am - 11:30am
PreCon 2: Supporting Wellness in Our Gifted Students

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Giftedness stretches far beyond performance.  These children and youth tend to have specific and intense psychosocial needs and traits that make them vulnerable to misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, behavioral or mental health issues, relational conflicts, and academic underperformance.  In this workshop we will briefly discuss factors contributing to the un-wellness of many of our gifted students, and then spend the majority of our time considering interventions to help them move toward greater wellness.  Specific attention will be given to modulating intensities, understanding and managing anxiety, and understanding and responding to existential depression.  Interventions useful in the classroom, a counselor's office, and at home will be discussed and practiced. 

Outcomes: Participants will be able to...

  • Identify at least 3 factors contributing to psychosocial dysregulation in gifted students

  • Identify and implement at least 3 interventions to help gifted individuals manage anxiety effectively

  • Identify and implement at least 3 interventions to help gifted individuals regulate mood effectively.

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Heather Boorman

Therapist, The Fringy Bit
Heather Boorman is a homeschooling mom and therapist who specializes in supporting families living with the joys and challenges of atypical developmental needs. Additionally, Heather is the author of The Gifted Kids Workbook (August 2018) and writes & podcasts at The Fringy Bit to... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 8:30am - 11:30am CDT
Sandstone Ballroom 3