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Workshop will discuss social, emotional needs of gifted students

Parents and educators are invited to a free workshop on the needs of gifted youth Oct. 15 and 16 at the Knicely Conference Center.

Ed Amend

Ed Amend

Psychologist Ed Amend will discuss the social-emotional needs of gifted children during the Berta Seminar hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.

On Oct. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Amend will present “The Social and Emotional Aspects of Growing Up Gifted.” There are many myths that do not reflect the true realities of gifted children, and this presentation will focus on the special needs associated with growing up gifted, emphasizing what has been learned from research. Gifted children generally develop in an uneven pattern, with, for example, intellectual development typically outpacing emotional growth. This asynchrony and other characteristics, such as overexcitabilities and perfectionism, can lead to difficulties in a gifted individual’s adjustment. Amend will review the social and emotional aspects of growing up gifted and provide practical advice for parents and educators.

The following day, Amend will present “Addressing the Affective Needs of Gifted Learners,” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The discussion will focus on how the education system can best meet the social-emotional needs of gifted students. While the importance of social and emotional development of gifted youth is being increasingly recognized, it is still sometimes overlooked in schools. Gifted learners should be provided with affective curriculum, differentiated guidance, and counseling services as needed to address their specialized needs.

Julia Roberts, the executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies, believes the Berta Seminar is a valuable opportunity for a variety of audiences.

“The Berta Seminar provides the opportunity to enhance understanding of the social-emotional development of children and young people with gifts and talents,” she said. “This professional development will benefit counselors, teachers, principals and parents.”

This workshop is offered at no cost to participants thanks to a generous gift from Kathleen and Vince Berta. Registration is available on The Center’s website.

A Lexington-based clinical psychologist, Amend specializes in the social, emotional and educational needs of gifted and talented youth, adults and their families. He has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings, as well as in consulting positions with clinics, hospitals, schools and other organizations. Additionally, he has co-authored two award-winning books: “A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and Misdiagnosis” and “Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression and Other Disorders.”

The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU serves gifted children, their educators and parents through educational opportunities, professional development and a variety of other resources and support.

Contact: Sam Oldenburg, 270-745-3014, samual.oldenburg@wku.edu


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