Podcasts: Not Just for the Adults

Podcasts: Not Just for the Adults

Let's just start with this; I love podcasts. Over the past few years, podcasts have become my main source entertainment/learning. I used to read . . . a lot, but since having kids I find that I have neither the time nor energy to get into a book. This is usually how it goes:

1.) Begin to read, fall asleep 5 minutes in.2.) Get really excited to start a new book, read the first chapter, repeat every three months.3.) Misplace all of your precious books as a result of shelf space being dedicated to Dr. Seuss and about 20 board books all covering the same material.

New ways to connect with Gifted Counseling St. Louis in 2016

New ways to connect with Gifted Counseling St. Louis in 2016

I always try and stay ahead of the game when it comes to current trends in technology, but generally therapists tend to be a bit more traditional.   So, since it's 2016 I'm introducing two new ways to connect with Gifted Counseling. I hope they will make it even easier for your family to get the support they need to fulfill their true potential.

Talking to your kids about race as a white parent

Talking to your kids about race as a white parent

Today is Martin Luther King Day and for many of us it will be just a fun day off school. What if this year we used the opportunity to help our kids understand their world better and develop empathy along the way. Race has become part of the national conversation in a way that it hasn't since the Civil Rights Movement which brought Dr. King to prominence. It's possible that the Black Lives Matter protests are the start of a new civil rights movement. It may be that talking to your children about race and discrimination feels like walking into a minefield. However, one of the best ways we can become allies and advocates for equality is by raising children who are educated, empathic and want to make the world a better place for everyone. Here are a few steps to get you started.

The Gifted Child Toolbox

The Gifted Child Toolbox

I've noticed that while there are some great gifted education programs here in the St. Louis area there are not very many opportunities for parents and professionals to connect and share experiences and resources. So, I've started The Gifted Child Toolbox Facebook Group

This is a place for you! Whether you're looking for activities, information on gifted programs, or a place to find support for raising a twice exceptional child, this is your place. I am a counselor who works with gifted children and will be posting articles and resources that I think will be helpful. However, I really hope that this will become your place, a place to connect and share.

There is no test to get in! So, if your child is smart and creative, but not currently in a gifted program you are welcome. Please invite and share with other parents, teachers or professionals you know to help make this an awesome community. 

Thanks for connecting and I look forward to seeing you in The Gifted Child Toolbox.

Activities for Gifted Children: Kings, Queens and Castles

Activities for Gifted Children: Kings, Queens and Castles

Last weekend I got a chance to explore the World Chess Hall of Fame's new exhibit "Kings, Queens and Castles" with the kids. If you didn't know, St. Louis is chess central holding the world hall of fame, top tournaments and the largest chess piece in the world. The Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center are located in the Central West End just down the street from my office. We love chess at our house and this was a perfect opportunity to make it an immersive experience.

How to: Hour of Code

How to: Hour of Code

If you didn’t know, don’t feel bad I didn’t either, this week December 7th-13th is Computer Science Education week. Now, if that doesn’t sound like the most exciting awareness event in the world, consider that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, 4.6 million of 9.2 million science, technology, engineering and math jobs will be in computing. That is a huge growth for an industry that wasn’t even in existence 70 years ago. One of the most noteworthy events of Computer Science Education week is the Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a campaign to introduce people all over the world to computer programming by spending an hour learning the basics of coding.

Gifts for Gifted Children: Code Monkey Island

Gifts for Gifted Children: Code Monkey Island

The holiday season is upon us and that means taking on the challenge of finding gifts for your children that are both fun and enriching. If your child is gifted this can be particularly difficult because they might not be interested in they typical toys. Luckily for us we have shopping options beyond Target and Walmart. I wanted to share with you a few toys and games over the next few weeks that are perfect for gifted children.