“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
— Rene Descartes
Intelligence has its Advantages
However, if you have a child who is gifted you know that it's not always easy. Gifted children often have certain senstivities, also known as overexcitabilities that are related to their talents in many ways and as we grow into adults they don't necessarily go away. Many creatives are more vulnerable to mental health issues like anxiety and depression, which are often brought on by stress. Counseling can help you manage these symptoms letting you make the most of your intelligence and creative process.
If you are parenting a child who is not meeting their full potential
How can gifted children in St. Louis benefit from therapy?
It may come as a surprise to some, but if you are gifted or have a gifted child, school and work can be difficult. Gifted persons often experience a range of symptoms like distractibility, perfectionism, anxiety, difficulty in social situations and depression. Stress can keep you from operating at your highest potential and interfere with your creative process.
SYMPTOMS OF GIFTED CHILDREN TO LOOK FOR:
Poor Social Skills
Poor Self Esteem
THESE SYMPTOMS OFTEN GET MISDIAGNOSED AS:
AD/HD or Attention Deficit Disorder
Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression
Aspergers or Autism Spectrum
OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Maybe your child's brain just works differently.
People are often concerned that medications will effect their thinking and performance, Psychotherapy provides a safe and effective alternative that actually supports intellectual development and creative process.
We spend so much money on products to treat our symptoms, tutoring, weight loss, organization, self-help books, etc.
Psychotherapy has the potential to actually change your brain and create new ways of thinking and being.
Find out how to make your child's brain work for them
If you or anyone you know has been unable to access counseling for their child for financial reasons, Gifted Counseling St. Louis is offering a Summer Clinic. We will have reduced fee sessions and daytime hours available. Spots are limited. Please share with anyone who could benefit. Thanks! www.giftedcounselingstlouis.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gifted children have specialized needs just like children with learning disabilities; however, the resources available to them are not as readily available. This leaves the responsibility for getting proper support to the parents. If you have concerns about your child or are unsure if they are living up to their true potential don't be afraid to seek help. Please follow this blog for more information about gifted children, gifted school programs and tips for academic success.
When we talk about giftedness the meaning is somewhat unclear. Does gifted mean IQ? Creativity? Skill? Performance? What's also unclear is where does giftedness come from and why is it often associated with emotional or social difficulties? Theses combinations of talent and difficulties are often referred to as Overexcitibilities, a term coined by Polish psychologist/psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski. One neurobiological phenomenon, cognitive disinhibition, may shed some light on these questions.