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Resources for Professionals

Numerous resources are available today that provide information and advice about gifted education and gifted kids; it can be daunting to select only one or two. We have listed those resources which we have personally found to be useful in living and working with gifted individuals.

Tutoring


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Mastery Quest Academy
(323) 898-5649

Mastery Quest Academy is a learning framework to engage students in an immersive role-play experience, where they are the heroes of an epic tale. Students use their growing understanding of subject related knowledge, and physical fitness to save the world from darkness economically,politically and socially. As students complete missions involving the sciences, mathematics, and language arts, their "powers" and influence growgiving them more command of their environment.


Tara C. Woods

B.A. Wellesley College, physics and astronomy, Math and Science Cirriculum Developer, 1992-2002, Science and Math tutor, 2005-present, Currently working in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

I enjoy working with kids to help them develop their strengths and gifts, as well as to help them methodically compensate for their weaknesses. For many reasons, gifted children often have a difficult time dealing with shortcomings, and I strive to help them feel confident with the fact that everyone has weaknesses (even me!), and I use joking and laughter to create a safe space where they can ask questions, make mistakes and grow.

 

Schools


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Advanced Academy of Georgia

State University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA


Alverno High School (Assistant Head of School - Cam Werley-Gonzales)
(626) 355-3463

Cam Werley-Gonzales is the Assistant Head of School at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California and oversees the Accelerated
Honors Academy (AHA) for Gifted Girls.  The AHA provides a very unique social environment where gifted students thrive.  The program has accepted qualified
students as young as eleven and those entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to bypass the remainder of their middle school studies and attend
Alverno High School as full-time high school students. It also allows typical high school aged students to progress at a faster pace through curriculum as
needed or pursue opportunities for a more in-depth experience of curriculum.

Speaker Special Topics: Accelerated Gifted Education


Alverno High School (Assistant Head of School - Cam Werley-Gonzales)
(626) 355-3463

Cam Werley-Gonzales is the Assistant Head of School at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California and oversees the Accelerated
Honors Academy (AHA) for Gifted Girls.  The AHA provides a very unique social environment where gifted students thrive.  The program has accepted qualified
students as young as eleven and those entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to bypass the remainder of their middle school studies and attend
Alverno High School as full-time high school students. It also allows typical high school aged students to progress at a faster pace through curriculum as
needed or pursue opportunities for a more in-depth experience of curriculum.

Speaker Special Topics: Accelerated Gifted Education


Alverno High School (Assistant Head of School - Cam Werley-Gonzales)
(626) 355-3463

Cam Werley-Gonzales is the Assistant Head of School at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California and oversees the Accelerated
Honors Academy (AHA) for Gifted Girls.  The AHA provides a very unique social environment where gifted students thrive.  The program has accepted qualified
students as young as eleven and those entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to bypass the remainder of their middle school studies and attend
Alverno High School as full-time high school students. It also allows typical high school aged students to progress at a faster pace through curriculum as
needed or pursue opportunities for a more in-depth experience of curriculum.

Speaker Special Topics: Accelerated Gifted Education


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com


Bard High School Early College (BHSEC)

New York, NY


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


The Clarkson School

Clarkson University Potsdam, NY


The Davidson Academy of Nevada

Reno, NV


Fusion Academy
(310) 376-5139

Fusion Academy is a unique alternative, college-prep private school for grades 6-12 that offers class sizes as small as they come: one student, one teacher. Fusion Academy offers full-time, part-time and tutoring programs and is open year round. Personalization and customization are key elements of our Fusion programs, so we can meet the interests and strengths of gifted students. The curriculum meets state standards, but the classes are self-paced and taught in a way that considers each student’s individual interests, strengths, and learning style. We also offer flexible scheduling and allow students to begin a class at any time during the year. What’s more, Fusion Academy students do not take their homework home with them, but complete it under teacher supervision in the Homework Café® before they leave for the day. Going beyond academic support, Fusion Academy trains our teachers to also be mentors and how to work with various types of learning styles and differences. We strategically partner with outside therapeutic professionals and programs to support students’ emotional health and create a balance between learning and life. Each campus is also equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio and a full mixed-media art studio to provide students with opportunities for creative expression. Fusion Academy has campus locations near San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Texas, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC and Virginia.


Fusion Academy
(310) 376-5139

Fusion Academy is a unique alternative, college-prep private school for grades 6-12 that offers class sizes as small as they come: one student, one teacher. Fusion Academy offers full-time, part-time and tutoring programs and is open year round. Personalization and customization are key elements of our Fusion programs, so we can meet the interests and strengths of gifted students. The curriculum meets state standards, but the classes are self-paced and taught in a way that considers each student’s individual interests, strengths, and learning style. We also offer flexible scheduling and allow students to begin a class at any time during the year. What’s more, Fusion Academy students do not take their homework home with them, but complete it under teacher supervision in the Homework Café® before they leave for the day. Going beyond academic support, Fusion Academy trains our teachers to also be mentors and how to work with various types of learning styles and differences. We strategically partner with outside therapeutic professionals and programs to support students’ emotional health and create a balance between learning and life. Each campus is also equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio and a full mixed-media art studio to provide students with opportunities for creative expression. Fusion Academy has campus locations near San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Texas, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC and Virginia.


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL)
(800) 888-5966

Founded in 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) is recognized worldwide for innovative programs that help students with learning differences to succeed at the college level. Each IAL student is assigned to a learning advisor who, in conjunction with the institute’s support team, develops an Individualized Learning Plan — a completely integrated, comprehensive roadmap for the student’s progress through college. The ILP draws from the institute’s extensive menu of services, determining which will benefit and support the student’s learning process. It is a living and evolving document that changes regularly as a result of ongoing consultation between the student, their learning advisor and the student’s course instructors.


Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL)
(800) 888-5966

Founded in 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) is recognized worldwide for innovative programs that help students with learning differences to succeed at the college level. Each IAL student is assigned to a learning advisor who, in conjunction with the institute’s support team, develops an Individualized Learning Plan — a completely integrated, comprehensive roadmap for the student’s progress through college. The ILP draws from the institute’s extensive menu of services, determining which will benefit and support the student’s learning process. It is a living and evolving document that changes regularly as a result of ongoing consultation between the student, their learning advisor and the student’s course instructors.


The Mary Baldwin College Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG)

Staunton, VA


Reid Day School/Lisa Reid, Ed.D.
(949) 680-9592

Dr. Lisa Reid is an upper elementary curriculum and instruction specialist for twice-exceptional students, and the founder of Reid Day School. She possesses an extensive background in education where she has served as a researcher, a teacher and an administrator.

Holding a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Gifted Education, Reid has spent nearly a decade in the K-12 teaching system. Prior to founding RDS, she was a learning specialist for twice exceptional students at Los Angeles’ Bridges Academy.


Reid Day School/Lisa Reid, Ed.D.
(949) 680-9592

Dr. Lisa Reid is an upper elementary curriculum and instruction specialist for twice-exceptional students, and the founder of Reid Day School. She possesses an extensive background in education where she has served as a researcher, a teacher and an administrator.

Holding a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Gifted Education, Reid has spent nearly a decade in the K-12 teaching system. Prior to founding RDS, she was a learning specialist for twice exceptional students at Los Angeles’ Bridges Academy.


Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS)

University of North Texas Denton, TX


University of Washington Transition School and Early Entrance Program

Seattle, WA


Worldspeak
(310) 441-5222

WorldSpeak elementary and preschool feature a full-immersion French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian language program that focuses on a child’s unique “window of opportunity” to absorb a new language naturally. Children are exposed to a second language 100% of the time through music, games, and arts. They have fun, make friends and at the same time they learn how to speak in another language.


Worldspeak
(310) 441-5222

WorldSpeak elementary and preschool feature a full-immersion French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian language program that focuses on a child’s unique “window of opportunity” to absorb a new language naturally. Children are exposed to a second language 100% of the time through music, games, and arts. They have fun, make friends and at the same time they learn how to speak in another language.

Gifted Friendly Service Providers


Oak Crest Academy
(805) 200-3087

Oak Crest Academy is a JK-12 fully accredited school specifically designed toaddress the needs and learning styles of gifted children; a bringing together of highly trained faculty, carefully designed and award-winning gifted curricula, and like-minded peers; a community of enthusiastic learners who share a passion for intellectual inquiry, creativity, and discovery.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Hilary Beech, PhD MBA MSEE (Licensed Psychologist)
(415) 688-4608

Dr. Beech is a licensed, SENG-certified psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, serving gifted, professional, and creative adults.  She helps clients appreciate their giftedness, develop resiliency in dealing with a world that frequently misunderstands or disappoints them create satisfying relationships, parent their gifted children, and attain professional fulfillment.  She has additional expertise in internet addiction, creativity blocks, navigating transitions, and gender and sexuality.  She holds a Stanford MBA and Berkeley MSEE, and worked for 25 years in senior roles in engineering, marketing, economic policy research, and academic administration.  She has published research on songwriting as a transformative practice.  Office located at : 582 Market St. Ste. 2004, San Francisco, CA 94104


Hilary Beech, PhD MBA MSEE (Licensed Psychologist)
(415) 688-4608

Dr. Beech is a licensed, SENG-certified psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, serving gifted, professional, and creative adults.  She helps clients appreciate their giftedness, develop resiliency in dealing with a world that frequently misunderstands or disappoints them create satisfying relationships, parent their gifted children, and attain professional fulfillment.  She has additional expertise in internet addiction, creativity blocks, navigating transitions, and gender and sexuality.  She holds a Stanford MBA and Berkeley MSEE, and worked for 25 years in senior roles in engineering, marketing, economic policy research, and academic administration.  She has published research on songwriting as a transformative practice.  Office located at : 582 Market St. Ste. 2004, San Francisco, CA 94104


Bea Braun, Au.D. (Educational Audiologist) - Auditory Processing Center
(626) 793-8711

Dr. Braun is a licensed clinical and credentialed educational audiologist with 19 years experience providing comprehensive audiological
evaluations and (central) auditory processing evaluations for children and adults.  She is passionate about accurately identifying each client's
specific auditory processing subtype and recommending deficit specific remediation.

Special topics: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss


Bea Braun, Au.D. (Educational Audiologist) - Auditory Processing Center
(626) 793-8711

Dr. Braun is a licensed clinical and credentialed educational audiologist with 19 years experience providing comprehensive audiological
evaluations and (central) auditory processing evaluations for children and adults.  She is passionate about accurately identifying each client's
specific auditory processing subtype and recommending deficit specific remediation.

Special topics: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M. Ed

Ms. Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed.,provides organizing and consultation services for gifted adults, children and families. She offers on site step-by-step supportive coaching with emphasis on cognitive and behavioral techniques. She is a SENG Model Parent Support Group facilitator, a certified facilitator trainer, and the Northern California SENG Liaison.


Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M. Ed

Ms. Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed.,provides organizing and consultation services for gifted adults, children and families. She offers on site step-by-step supportive coaching with emphasis on cognitive and behavioral techniques. She is a SENG Model Parent Support Group facilitator, a certified facilitator trainer, and the Northern California SENG Liaison.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


The Davidson Academy of Nevada

Reno, NV


Davidson Young Scholars Program (DYS Program)

Davidson Young Scholars Program (DYS Program)

Cal J. Domingue, MFT
(415) 377-0544

Cal Domingue, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice;
he has been seeing clients for over 15 years. His office is in San
Francisco's Noe Valley on 24th St, convenient from public transit. His
training is in Social/Clinical psychology with a multicultural emphasis, and
he has completed extensive further education on the unique emotional and
psychological needs of the Gifted population. He is in frequent demand as a
consultant and trainer on these topics.

Special topics: Giftedness and development; Giftedness across the LifeSpan; Giftedness in the Workplace; Working with your Gifted Child’s School; Parenting Gifted Children

 


Cal J. Domingue, MFT
(415) 377-0544

Cal Domingue, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice;
he has been seeing clients for over 15 years. His office is in San
Francisco's Noe Valley on 24th St, convenient from public transit. His
training is in Social/Clinical psychology with a multicultural emphasis, and
he has completed extensive further education on the unique emotional and
psychological needs of the Gifted population. He is in frequent demand as a
consultant and trainer on these topics.

Special topics: Giftedness and development; Giftedness across the LifeSpan; Giftedness in the Workplace; Working with your Gifted Child’s School; Parenting Gifted Children

 


Susana Dornberg, OTR/L, HTC, Sensory Integration Certified
(310) 920-2302

I received my Bachelors degree from the University of Southern California (1996).  Throughout my professional life I've received advanced training in Hand Therapy and also trained in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice from USC.  In my practice I incorporate Neurofeedback, The Listening Program, Intearctive Metronome, InTime, TAVS, Rhythmic Movements, Handwriting Without Tears, Cogmed, Orton-Gillingham (certified) to help my clients reach their full potential. It is my goal to work in cooperation with parents, doctors and all caretakers to achieve the highest level of success. I believe every child has a gift to offer the world and I want to be part of that discovery.


Susana Dornberg, OTR/L, HTC, Sensory Integration Certified
(310) 920-2302

I received my Bachelors degree from the University of Southern California (1996).  Throughout my professional life I've received advanced training in Hand Therapy and also trained in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice from USC.  In my practice I incorporate Neurofeedback, The Listening Program, Intearctive Metronome, InTime, TAVS, Rhythmic Movements, Handwriting Without Tears, Cogmed, Orton-Gillingham (certified) to help my clients reach their full potential. It is my goal to work in cooperation with parents, doctors and all caretakers to achieve the highest level of success. I believe every child has a gift to offer the world and I want to be part of that discovery.


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Sharon Duncan
(909) 802-0199

Sharon Duncan consults with parents and educators, to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children. Her services include assisting parents with school options and decisions (including homeschooling), finding enrichment opportunities and like-minded peers, as well as providing educational advocacy.  Partnering with teachers, she helps develop creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of classroom challenges common to gifted students and provides staff training about giftedness so educators can practice their craft most effectively. Sharon also works with mental health professionals to coordinate the incorporation of therapy goals into a child’s educational journey.


Sharon Duncan
(909) 802-0199

Sharon Duncan consults with parents and educators, to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children. Her services include assisting parents with school options and decisions (including homeschooling), finding enrichment opportunities and like-minded peers, as well as providing educational advocacy.  Partnering with teachers, she helps develop creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of classroom challenges common to gifted students and provides staff training about giftedness so educators can practice their craft most effectively. Sharon also works with mental health professionals to coordinate the incorporation of therapy goals into a child’s educational journey.


Sharon Duncan
(909) 802-0199

Sharon Duncan consults with parents and educators, to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children. Her services include assisting parents with school options and decisions (including homeschooling), finding enrichment opportunities and like-minded peers, as well as providing educational advocacy.  Partnering with teachers, she helps develop creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of classroom challenges common to gifted students and provides staff training about giftedness so educators can practice their craft most effectively. Sharon also works with mental health professionals to coordinate the incorporation of therapy goals into a child’s educational journey.


Timothy Gunn, Psy.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
(909) 989-4055

Dr. Gunn is a licensed clinical psychologist. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, in Orange, California. His primary rotation was on the Oncology floor, with additional specialization in pediatric neuropsychology, and completed rotations in neurology and psychopharmacology. Dr. Gunn has taught doctoral level classes on child therapy, assessment/psychometrics and psychobiology; and has been employed as the associate clinical director of a multi-disciplinary neurodevelopment
clinic that provided giftedness and neuropsychological assessments for children and young adults. He is currently the owner of a group private practice, Gunn Psychological Services, with offices in several cities throughout southern California. Dr. Gunn's group practice provides giftedness evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations and independent educational evaluations (IEEs). Location: 10470 Foothill Blvd, Suite 116, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.


Timothy Gunn, Psy.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
(909) 989-4055

Dr. Gunn is a licensed clinical psychologist. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, in Orange, California. His primary rotation was on the Oncology floor, with additional specialization in pediatric neuropsychology, and completed rotations in neurology and psychopharmacology. Dr. Gunn has taught doctoral level classes on child therapy, assessment/psychometrics and psychobiology; and has been employed as the associate clinical director of a multi-disciplinary neurodevelopment
clinic that provided giftedness and neuropsychological assessments for children and young adults. He is currently the owner of a group private practice, Gunn Psychological Services, with offices in several cities throughout southern California. Dr. Gunn's group practice provides giftedness evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations and independent educational evaluations (IEEs). Location: 10470 Foothill Blvd, Suite 116, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.


Timothy Gunn, Psy.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
(909) 989-4055

Dr. Gunn is a licensed clinical psychologist. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, in Orange, California. His primary rotation was on the Oncology floor, with additional specialization in pediatric neuropsychology, and completed rotations in neurology and psychopharmacology. Dr. Gunn has taught doctoral level classes on child therapy, assessment/psychometrics and psychobiology; and has been employed as the associate clinical director of a multi-disciplinary neurodevelopment
clinic that provided giftedness and neuropsychological assessments for children and young adults. He is currently the owner of a group private practice, Gunn Psychological Services, with offices in several cities throughout southern California. Dr. Gunn's group practice provides giftedness evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations and independent educational evaluations (IEEs). Location: 10470 Foothill Blvd, Suite 116, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.


Joanna Lee Haase, Ph.D, MFT
(626) 799-7907

Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with over 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. As both a professional psychologist and the mother of two twice-exceptional children (children who have both high ability and a disability), she was frustrated by the difficulties of finding support for these individuals. In addition to working with gifted individuals, and speaking to parents and educators about gifted issues, she is the co-founder of both the California Gifted Network and Gifted Research and Outreach. Her work for CGN includes teacher in-service training; parent education; teacher and parent presentations; and program consultation, evaluation, and design. Her work for GRO contributes to the comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.


Joanna Lee Haase, Ph.D, MFT
(626) 799-7907

Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with over 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. As both a professional psychologist and the mother of two twice-exceptional children (children who have both high ability and a disability), she was frustrated by the difficulties of finding support for these individuals. In addition to working with gifted individuals, and speaking to parents and educators about gifted issues, she is the co-founder of both the California Gifted Network and Gifted Research and Outreach. Her work for CGN includes teacher in-service training; parent education; teacher and parent presentations; and program consultation, evaluation, and design. Her work for GRO contributes to the comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Cynthia Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P.
(805) 407-1742

Cynthia Z Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P specializes in the support of gifted and talented learners -ages 7 to 97-  with executive function delays, dyslexia and unique learning profiles. In addition to being a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, Ms. Hansen is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, a consultant to public and private schools, and the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the Gifted. (Tri-County GATE Council).  Ms Hansen received her Masters of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA and earned her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education at UCSB.

Speaking topics include: 

"When LaZy Doesn't Make Sense" Twice-Exceptional; Struggles of Creative Learners; Multiple Perspectives of GATE Attributes


Cynthia Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P.
(805) 407-1742

Cynthia Z Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P specializes in the support of gifted and talented learners -ages 7 to 97-  with executive function delays, dyslexia and unique learning profiles. In addition to being a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, Ms. Hansen is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, a consultant to public and private schools, and the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the Gifted. (Tri-County GATE Council).  Ms Hansen received her Masters of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA and earned her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education at UCSB.

Speaking topics include: 

"When LaZy Doesn't Make Sense" Twice-Exceptional; Struggles of Creative Learners; Multiple Perspectives of GATE Attributes


Cynthia Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P.
(805) 407-1742

Cynthia Z Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P specializes in the support of gifted and talented learners -ages 7 to 97-  with executive function delays, dyslexia and unique learning profiles. In addition to being a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, Ms. Hansen is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, a consultant to public and private schools, and the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the Gifted. (Tri-County GATE Council).  Ms Hansen received her Masters of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA and earned her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education at UCSB.

Speaking topics include: 

"When LaZy Doesn't Make Sense" Twice-Exceptional; Struggles of Creative Learners; Multiple Perspectives of GATE Attributes


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Academy-After-school and weekend enrichment classes offered year-round for gifted 2nd-8th graders Apprenticeship-Internship program for 9th-11th graders Yunasa-Summer Camp for the gifted ages 10-14 held in Michigan and Colorado.


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Academy-After-school and weekend enrichment classes offered year-round for gifted 2nd-8th graders Apprenticeship-Internship program for 9th-11th graders Yunasa-Summer Camp for the gifted ages 10-14 held in Michigan and Colorado.


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Ms. Jones, President of the Institute for Educational Advancement, has been an educator, researcher and administrator of educational programs for over 20 years. She holds a master's degree in special education from the University of Southern California and has completed doctoral work in the field of educational policy and learning theory. Ms. Jones served as the Associate Director of The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Director of the Western Region for ten years prior to assuming her current position.


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Ms. Jones, President of the Institute for Educational Advancement, has been an educator, researcher and administrator of educational programs for over 20 years. She holds a master's degree in special education from the University of Southern California and has completed doctoral work in the field of educational policy and learning theory. Ms. Jones served as the Associate Director of The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Director of the Western Region for ten years prior to assuming her current position.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Melanie Brown Kroon, MFT
(818) 623-7023

Melanie Brown Kroon, MFT
(818) 623-7023

Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Jeannie M. Lopez, PhD
(925) 858-0615

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and
educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit
Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with
the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths
within society. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths
based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their
lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an
eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and
cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and
yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports
for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities
and Celiac Disease.


Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC
(925) 954-6229

Dr. Grace Malonai is an interactive and strengths based psychotherapist who
has been serving children, adults, couples, parents and families in the San
Francisco area since 1998. She specializes in gifted development and high
sensitivity at her private practice, TheraThrive. She
holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. in Nutrition
Science, and has intensive training in family systems, human development and
narrative therapy.
In addition to her private practice, Grace teaches at St. Mary’s College of
California, is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, co-founder of
the Gifted Identity Project (www.giftedidentity.com), and a homeschooling
parent. She has presented at SENG, HSC, California Association for Licensed
Professional Counselors conferences, the Global Center for Gifted and
Talented Children, and others.


Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC
(925) 954-6229

Dr. Grace Malonai is an interactive and strengths based psychotherapist who
has been serving children, adults, couples, parents and families in the San
Francisco area since 1998. She specializes in gifted development and high
sensitivity at her private practice, TheraThrive. She
holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. in Nutrition
Science, and has intensive training in family systems, human development and
narrative therapy.
In addition to her private practice, Grace teaches at St. Mary’s College of
California, is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, co-founder of
the Gifted Identity Project (www.giftedidentity.com), and a homeschooling
parent. She has presented at SENG, HSC, California Association for Licensed
Professional Counselors conferences, the Global Center for Gifted and
Talented Children, and others.


Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC
(925) 954-6229

Dr. Grace Malonai is an interactive and strengths based psychotherapist who
has been serving children, adults, couples, parents and families in the San
Francisco area since 1998. She specializes in gifted development and high
sensitivity at her private practice, TheraThrive (www.therathrive.com). She
holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. in Nutrition
Science, and has intensive training in family systems, human development and
narrative therapy.

In addition to her private practice, Grace teaches at St. Mary’s College of
California, is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, co-founder of
the Gifted Identity Project (www.giftedidentity.com), and a homeschooling
parent. She has presented at SENG, HSC, California Association for Licensed
Professional Counselors conferences, the Global Center for Gifted and
Talented Children, and others.
Please tell us a little about your experience and interest in working with
gifted individuals:
I have lived in the world of giftedness my entire life, homeschooled my own
gifted child, have studied the literature, conducted my own a research about
parents of gifted children, and have explored every aspect of giftedness I
could find. I understand the quirkiness, the immense talent, and the many
challenges associated with giftedness.

What is most fascinating about working with the gifted population is that the
very traits, attributes or experiences that seem most challenging and
difficult are quite often directly related to unique strengths and
creativitiesy. I am interested in giftedness throughout the lifespan, and
have discovered that it is quite rewarding to work with people of all ages,
from toddlers to super-senior-adults. I work with people individually, in
pairs, in families or groups.


Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC
(925) 954-6229

Dr. Grace Malonai is an interactive and strengths based psychotherapist who
has been serving children, adults, couples, parents and families in the San
Francisco area since 1998. She specializes in gifted development and high
sensitivity at her private practice, TheraThrive (www.therathrive.com). She
holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. in Nutrition
Science, and has intensive training in family systems, human development and
narrative therapy.

In addition to her private practice, Grace teaches at St. Mary’s College of
California, is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, co-founder of
the Gifted Identity Project (www.giftedidentity.com), and a homeschooling
parent. She has presented at SENG, HSC, California Association for Licensed
Professional Counselors conferences, the Global Center for Gifted and
Talented Children, and others.
Please tell us a little about your experience and interest in working with
gifted individuals:
I have lived in the world of giftedness my entire life, homeschooled my own
gifted child, have studied the literature, conducted my own a research about
parents of gifted children, and have explored every aspect of giftedness I
could find. I understand the quirkiness, the immense talent, and the many
challenges associated with giftedness.

What is most fascinating about working with the gifted population is that the
very traits, attributes or experiences that seem most challenging and
difficult are quite often directly related to unique strengths and
creativitiesy. I am interested in giftedness throughout the lifespan, and
have discovered that it is quite rewarding to work with people of all ages,
from toddlers to super-senior-adults. I work with people individually, in
pairs, in families or groups.


Mastery Quest Academy
(323) 898-5649

Mastery Quest Academy is a learning framework to engage students in an immersive role-play experience, where they are the heroes of an epic tale. Students use their growing understanding of subject related knowledge, and physical fitness to save the world from darkness economically,politically and socially. As students complete missions involving the sciences, mathematics, and language arts, their "powers" and influence growgiving them more command of their environment.


Mastery Quest Academy
(323) 898-5649

Mastery Quest Academy is a learning framework to engage students in an immersive role-play experience, where they are the heroes of an epic tale. Students use their growing understanding of subject related knowledge, and physical fitness to save the world from darkness economically,politically and socially. As students complete missions involving the sciences, mathematics, and language arts, their "powers" and influence growgiving them more command of their environment.


Mastery Quest Academy
(323) 898-5649

Mastery Quest Academy is a learning framework to engage students in an immersive role-play experience, where they are the heroes of an epic tale. Students use their growing understanding of subject related knowledge, and physical fitness to save the world from darkness economically,politically and socially. As students complete missions involving the sciences, mathematics, and language arts, their "powers" and influence growgiving them more command of their environment.


Mastery Quest Academy
(323) 898-5649

Mastery Quest Academy is a learning framework to engage students in an immersive role-play experience, where they are the heroes of an epic tale. Students use their growing understanding of subject related knowledge, and physical fitness to save the world from darkness economically,politically and socially. As students complete missions involving the sciences, mathematics, and language arts, their "powers" and influence growgiving them more command of their environment.


Mastery Quest Academy
(323) 898-5649

Mastery Quest Academy is a learning framework to engage students in an immersive role-play experience, where they are the heroes of an epic tale. Students use their growing understanding of subject related knowledge, and physical fitness to save the world from darkness economically,politically and socially. As students complete missions involving the sciences, mathematics, and language arts, their "powers" and influence growgiving them more command of their environment.


Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT
(408) 887-7133

Ms. Matthews provides supportive and practical child and family therapy for gifted and twice exceptional children and their families in private practice. Parent coaching and consulting services are available for parents seeking resources for enrichment or testing and evaluation. She offers talks for parents and teachers in public, private and charter schools across Santa Clara Valley about social, emotional and motivational needs of gifted children. She is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and the Parent Representative for California Association for the Gifted Region 5 (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties).


Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT
(408) 887-7133

Ms. Matthews provides supportive and practical child and family therapy for gifted and twice exceptional children and their families in private practice. Parent coaching and consulting services are available for parents seeking resources for enrichment or testing and evaluation. She offers talks for parents and teachers in public, private and charter schools across Santa Clara Valley about social, emotional and motivational needs of gifted children. She is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and the Parent Representative for California Association for the Gifted Region 5 (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties).


Mary Beth Norris, San Bernardino County Unified School District
(909) 886-6592

I have been a teacher of special education, GATE education and elementary education for 35 years. I have been a teacher trainer and team leader for my school. I am currently the GATE coordinator.


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.


Palos Verdes Family Vision Optometry
(310) 544-3411

James H. Hawley, O.D., Terry W. Hawley, O.D., and Linda Luong, O.D.

Palos Verdes Family Vision has been serving the Palos Verdes Peninsula for 28 years. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the most comprehensive vision and eye health services available, using state of the art technology, enhanced by our personal attention and patient service. We practice developmental optometry, testing and diagnosing not only the clarity of your eyesight, but the efficiency of your visual system. Good visual efficiency and visual information processing skills can greatly enhance an individual's performance in school, sports and other activities of daily living.


Palos Verdes Family Vision Optometry
(310) 544-3411

James H. Hawley, O.D., Terry W. Hawley, O.D., and Linda Luong, O.D.

Palos Verdes Family Vision has been serving the Palos Verdes Peninsula for 28 years. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the most comprehensive vision and eye health services available, using state of the art technology, enhanced by our personal attention and patient service. We practice developmental optometry, testing and diagnosing not only the clarity of your eyesight, but the efficiency of your visual system. Good visual efficiency and visual information processing skills can greatly enhance an individual's performance in school, sports and other activities of daily living.


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Adriane Ransom, MA, OTR/L, SWC (Pediatric Occupational Therapist)
(310) 529-2411

Adriane is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Early Intervention, Feeding Challenges, Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children, Handwriting Difficulties, Premature Birth and Sensory Processing Disorders. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration and Practice and is Sensory Integration Certified. Adriane also holds and Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention (SWC). She is trained in DIR®/Floortime™, Therapeutic Listening®, SENG-Model Parent Groups and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI®). Adrian believes in using a holistic approach in caring for children and their families, working closely with pediatricians, speech therapists, physical therapists, teachers and other childcare professionals. Adriane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh and her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.


Adriane Ransom, MA, OTR/L, SWC (Pediatric Occupational Therapist)
(310) 529-2411

Adriane is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Early Intervention, Feeding Challenges, Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children, Handwriting Difficulties, Premature Birth and Sensory Processing Disorders. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration and Practice and is Sensory Integration Certified. Adriane also holds and Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention (SWC). She is trained in DIR®/Floortime™, Therapeutic Listening®, SENG-Model Parent Groups and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI®). Adrian believes in using a holistic approach in caring for children and their families, working closely with pediatricians, speech therapists, physical therapists, teachers and other childcare professionals. Adriane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh and her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.


Adriane Ransom, MA, OTR/L, SWC (Pediatric Occupational Therapist)
(310) 529-2411

Adriane is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Early Intervention, Feeding Challenges, Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children, Handwriting Difficulties, Premature Birth and Sensory Processing Disorders. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration and Practice and is Sensory Integration Certified. Adriane also holds and Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention (SWC). She is trained in DIR®/Floortime™, Therapeutic Listening®, SENG-Model Parent Groups and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI®). Adrian believes in using a holistic approach in caring for children and their families, working closely with pediatricians, speech therapists, physical therapists, teachers and other childcare professionals. Adriane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh and her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.


Reid Day School/Lisa Reid, Ed.D.
(949) 680-9592

Dr. Lisa Reid is an upper elementary curriculum and instruction specialist for twice-exceptional students, and the founder of Reid Day School. She possesses an extensive background in education where she has served as a researcher, a teacher and an administrator.

Holding a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Gifted Education, Reid has spent nearly a decade in the K-12 teaching system. Prior to founding RDS, she was a learning specialist for twice exceptional students at Los Angeles’ Bridges Academy.


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Douglas W. Stephey, OD, MS
(626) 332-4510

208 West Badillo St., Covina, CA 91723

Dr. Stephey is a highly trained doctor of optometry who has a passion for helping children (and adults!) overcome barriers to learning. After graduating from Illinois College of Optometry, he went on and received a MS in education from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Stephey provides assessments, vision therapy and tutoring. He is also available to speak on visual aspects of learning, cognition motor planning and reading.


Douglas W. Stephey, OD, MS
(626) 332-4510

208 West Badillo St., Covina, CA 91723

Dr. Stephey is a highly trained doctor of optometry who has a passion for helping children (and adults!) overcome barriers to learning. After graduating from Illinois College of Optometry, he went on and received a MS in education from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Stephey provides assessments, vision therapy and tutoring. He is also available to speak on visual aspects of learning, cognition motor planning and reading.


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples


Yen Walter, MA CCC-SLP (Speech Pathologist)
(888) 268-0269

Yen Walter, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a ASHA certified Speech and Language pathologist and owner of Foundation for Communications, a developmentally based pediatric speech and language therapy clinic. Yen graduated with her M.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1996 and her B.Sc degree from Miami University in 1994. She has also trained providers of EArly Intervention at the state level for Early Start (0-3 years) on how to facilitate communication in children with speech and lnaguage disorders using an Infant Mental Health approach. Yen also works with twice exceptional children using relationship based approaches in therapy to support the social emotional needs of the child while helping them develop effective communication skills.


Yen Walter, MA CCC-SLP (Speech Pathologist)
(888) 268-0269

Yen Walter, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a ASHA certified Speech and Language pathologist and owner of Foundation for Communications, a developmentally based pediatric speech and language therapy clinic. Yen graduated with her M.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1996 and her B.Sc degree from Miami University in 1994. She has also trained providers of EArly Intervention at the state level for Early Start (0-3 years) on how to facilitate communication in children with speech and lnaguage disorders using an Infant Mental Health approach. Yen also works with twice exceptional children using relationship based approaches in therapy to support the social emotional needs of the child while helping them develop effective communication skills.


Tara C. Woods

B.A. Wellesley College, physics and astronomy, Math and Science Cirriculum Developer, 1992-2002, Science and Math tutor, 2005-present, Currently working in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

I enjoy working with kids to help them develop their strengths and gifts, as well as to help them methodically compensate for their weaknesses. For many reasons, gifted children often have a difficult time dealing with shortcomings, and I strive to help them feel confident with the fact that everyone has weaknesses (even me!), and I use joking and laughter to create a safe space where they can ask questions, make mistakes and grow.

 

Books


A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children
Author:
James Webb, Ph.D., et al

Used in SENG groups


A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children
Author:
James Webb, Ph.D., et al

Used in SENG groups


Being Smart About Gifted Children: A Guidebook for Parents and Educators
Author:
Joanne Foster, Ed.D

Being Smart About Gifted Children: A Guidebook for Parents and Educators
Author:
Joanne Foster, Ed.D

Dreamers, Discoverers and Dynamos
Author:
Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D.

Gifted Child Today Magazine

Gifted Child Today Magazine

Gifted Children
Author:
Ellen Winner

Gifted Children
Author:
Ellen Winner

Gifted Education Communicator Magazine

Journal for Educators and Parents Available with membership in California Association for the Gifted at www.cagifted.org


Gifted Education Communicator: Journal for Educators + Parents

Available with membership in California Association for the Gifted at www.cagifted.org


Gifted Education Communicator: Journal for Educators + Parents

Available with membership in California Association for the Gifted at www.cagifted.org


Gifted Grown Ups: The mixed blessings of extraordinary potential
Author:
Marylou Streznewski

Gifted Grown Ups: The mixed blessings of extraordinary potential
Author:
Marylou Streznewski

Gifted Students with Disabilities
Author:
Terry Friedrichs, Ph.D

Gifted Students with Disabilities
Author:
Terry Friedrichs, Ph.D

High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
Author:
Kiesa Kat, et al

High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
Author:
Kiesa Kat, et al

High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
Author:
Kiesa Kat, et al

Living With Intensity
Author:
Susan Daniels, Ph.D. and Michael Peichowski, Ph.D.

Living With Intensity
Author:
Susan Daniels, Ph.D. and Michael Peichowski, Ph.D.

Making & Keeping Friends: Ready-to-Use Lessons, Stories, and Activities for Building Relationships (Grades 4-8)
Author:
John J. Schmidt, Ed.D

Making & Keeping Friends: Ready-to-Use Lessons, Stories, and Activities for Building Relationships (Grades 4-8)
Author:
John J. Schmidt, Ed.D

Making & Keeping Friends: Ready-to-Use Lessons, Stories, and Activities for Building Relationships (Grades 4-8)
Author:
John J. Schmidt, Ed.D

On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children: Issues and Factors in Their Psychological Development
Author:
Tracy L. Cross

On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children: Issues and Factors in Their Psychological Development
Author:
Tracy L. Cross

Parenting for High Potential Magazine

Available with membership in National Association for Gifted children at www.nagc.org


Parenting for High Potential Magazine

Available with membership in National Association for Gifted children at www.nagc.org


Parenting Gifted Kids
Author:
James R. Delisle, Ph.D.

Parenting Gifted Kids
Author:
James R. Delisle, Ph.D.

Re-Forming Gifted Education
Author:
Karen Rogers, Ph.D.

Re-Forming Gifted Education
Author:
Karen Rogers, Ph.D.

Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, & Giftedness
Author:
Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D

Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women, & Giftedness
Author:
Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D

Smart Talk: What Kids Say About Growing Up Gifted (ages 4-12)
Author:
Robert A. Schultz, Ph.D. & James R. Delisle, Ph.D.

Smart Talk: What Kids Say About Growing Up Gifted (ages 4-12)
Author:
Robert A. Schultz, Ph.D. & James R. Delisle, Ph.D.

Some Of My Best Friends Are Books
Author:
Judith Wynn Halsted

Some Of My Best Friends Are Books
Author:
Judith Wynn Halsted

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom
Author:
Susan Winebrenner

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom
Author:
Susan Winebrenner

Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging (Ages 4-9)
Author:
Joan F. Smutny et al

Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging (Ages 4-9)
Author:
Joan F. Smutny et al

The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens: Ready-to-Use Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More
Author:
Jean S. Peterson, Ph.D

The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens: Ready-to-Use Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More
Author:
Jean S. Peterson, Ph.D

The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Hanbook (ages 13+)
Author:
Judy Galbraith, M.A. & Jim Delisle, Ph.D.

The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Hanbook (ages 13+)
Author:
Judy Galbraith, M.A. & Jim Delisle, Ph.D.

The Mislabeled Child
Author:
Brock Eide, MD., MA and Fernette Eide, MD.

The Mislabeled Child
Author:
Brock Eide, MD., MA and Fernette Eide, MD.

The Price of Privilege
Author:
Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

The Price of Privilege
Author:
Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What do we know?
Author:
Maureen Neihart et al

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What do we know?
Author:
Maureen Neihart et al

Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner
Author:
Linda Silverman, Ph.D

Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner
Author:
Linda Silverman, Ph.D

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers
Author:
Jim Delisle, Ph.D., and Judith Galbraith, M.A

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers
Author:
Jim Delisle, Ph.D., and Judith Galbraith, M.A

Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It
Author:
Sylvia Rimm

Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It
Author:
Sylvia Rimm

Work Left Undone: Choices & Compromises of Talented Females
Author:
Sally Morgan Reis

Work Left Undone: Choices & Compromises of Talented Females
Author:
Sally Morgan Reis

Colleges


Advanced Academy of Georgia

State University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA


Advanced Academy of Georgia

State University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com


Bard High School Early College (BHSEC)

New York, NY


Bard High School Early College (BHSEC)

New York, NY


The Clarkson School

Clarkson University Potsdam, NY


The Clarkson School

Clarkson University Potsdam, NY


Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL)
(800) 888-5966

Founded in 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) is recognized worldwide for innovative programs that help students with learning differences to succeed at the college level. Each IAL student is assigned to a learning advisor who, in conjunction with the institute’s support team, develops an Individualized Learning Plan — a completely integrated, comprehensive roadmap for the student’s progress through college. The ILP draws from the institute’s extensive menu of services, determining which will benefit and support the student’s learning process. It is a living and evolving document that changes regularly as a result of ongoing consultation between the student, their learning advisor and the student’s course instructors.


The Mary Baldwin College Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG)

Staunton, VA


The Mary Baldwin College Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG)

Staunton, VA


Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS)

University of North Texas Denton, TX


Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS)

University of North Texas Denton, TX


University of Washington Transition School and Early Entrance Program

Seattle, WA


University of Washington Transition School and Early Entrance Program

Seattle, WA

Speakers


Alverno High School (Assistant Head of School - Cam Werley-Gonzales)
(626) 355-3463

Cam Werley-Gonzales is the Assistant Head of School at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, California and oversees the Accelerated
Honors Academy (AHA) for Gifted Girls.  The AHA provides a very unique social environment where gifted students thrive.  The program has accepted qualified
students as young as eleven and those entering the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to bypass the remainder of their middle school studies and attend
Alverno High School as full-time high school students. It also allows typical high school aged students to progress at a faster pace through curriculum as
needed or pursue opportunities for a more in-depth experience of curriculum.

Speaker Special Topics: Accelerated Gifted Education


Vula Baliotis, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)
(310) 963-2724

Dr. Baliotis is SENG-certified to work with gifted individuals (private practice, Santa Moncia and Torrance). She trains psychologists and parents in the following areas of giftedness: cognitive, social, developmental, and emotional needs; emotional regulation through reflective parenting; and special considerations in raising girls or boys. She helps parents understand youth development, characteristics of gifted youths, and parenting approaches. She helps gifted individuals come to terms with who they are, foster meaningful relationships, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and understand their emotional experiences. Dr. Baliotis also conducts assessments and holds special interest in working with gifted adults; creative individuals; and gifted, professional women.

Special topics: Regulating Emotions, Reflective Parenting, Raising Gifted Girls, Raising Gifted Boys, social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive characteristics and needs of gifted youths and adults.


Hilary Beech, PhD MBA MSEE (Licensed Psychologist)
(415) 688-4608

Dr. Beech is a licensed, SENG-certified psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, serving gifted, professional, and creative adults.  She helps clients appreciate their giftedness, develop resiliency in dealing with a world that frequently misunderstands or disappoints them create satisfying relationships, parent their gifted children, and attain professional fulfillment.  She has additional expertise in internet addiction, creativity blocks, navigating transitions, and gender and sexuality.  She holds a Stanford MBA and Berkeley MSEE, and worked for 25 years in senior roles in engineering, marketing, economic policy research, and academic administration.  She has published research on songwriting as a transformative practice.  Office located at : 582 Market St. Ste. 2004, San Francisco, CA 94104


Bea Braun, Au.D. (Educational Audiologist) - Auditory Processing Center
(626) 793-8711

Dr. Braun is a licensed clinical and credentialed educational audiologist with 19 years experience providing comprehensive audiological
evaluations and (central) auditory processing evaluations for children and adults.  She is passionate about accurately identifying each client's
specific auditory processing subtype and recommending deficit specific remediation.

Special topics: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss


Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M. Ed

Ms. Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed.,provides organizing and consultation services for gifted adults, children and families. She offers on site step-by-step supportive coaching with emphasis on cognitive and behavioral techniques. She is a SENG Model Parent Support Group facilitator, a certified facilitator trainer, and the Northern California SENG Liaison.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Cal J. Domingue, MFT
(415) 377-0544

Cal Domingue, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice;
he has been seeing clients for over 15 years. His office is in San
Francisco's Noe Valley on 24th St, convenient from public transit. His
training is in Social/Clinical psychology with a multicultural emphasis, and
he has completed extensive further education on the unique emotional and
psychological needs of the Gifted population. He is in frequent demand as a
consultant and trainer on these topics.

Special topics: Giftedness and development; Giftedness across the LifeSpan; Giftedness in the Workplace; Working with your Gifted Child’s School; Parenting Gifted Children

 


Sharon Duncan
(909) 802-0199

Sharon Duncan consults with parents and educators, to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children. Her services include assisting parents with school options and decisions (including homeschooling), finding enrichment opportunities and like-minded peers, as well as providing educational advocacy.  Partnering with teachers, she helps develop creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of classroom challenges common to gifted students and provides staff training about giftedness so educators can practice their craft most effectively. Sharon also works with mental health professionals to coordinate the incorporation of therapy goals into a child’s educational journey.


Joanna Lee Haase, Ph.D, MFT
(626) 799-7907

Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with over 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. As both a professional psychologist and the mother of two twice-exceptional children (children who have both high ability and a disability), she was frustrated by the difficulties of finding support for these individuals. In addition to working with gifted individuals, and speaking to parents and educators about gifted issues, she is the co-founder of both the California Gifted Network and Gifted Research and Outreach. Her work for CGN includes teacher in-service training; parent education; teacher and parent presentations; and program consultation, evaluation, and design. Her work for GRO contributes to the comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Cynthia Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P.
(805) 407-1742

Cynthia Z Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P specializes in the support of gifted and talented learners -ages 7 to 97-  with executive function delays, dyslexia and unique learning profiles. In addition to being a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, Ms. Hansen is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, a consultant to public and private schools, and the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the Gifted. (Tri-County GATE Council).  Ms Hansen received her Masters of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA and earned her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education at UCSB.

Speaking topics include: 

"When LaZy Doesn't Make Sense" Twice-Exceptional; Struggles of Creative Learners; Multiple Perspectives of GATE Attributes


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Academy-After-school and weekend enrichment classes offered year-round for gifted 2nd-8th graders Apprenticeship-Internship program for 9th-11th graders Yunasa-Summer Camp for the gifted ages 10-14 held in Michigan and Colorado.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC
(925) 954-6229

Dr. Grace Malonai is an interactive and strengths based psychotherapist who
has been serving children, adults, couples, parents and families in the San
Francisco area since 1998. She specializes in gifted development and high
sensitivity at her private practice, TheraThrive. She
holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. in Nutrition
Science, and has intensive training in family systems, human development and
narrative therapy.
In addition to her private practice, Grace teaches at St. Mary’s College of
California, is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, co-founder of
the Gifted Identity Project (www.giftedidentity.com), and a homeschooling
parent. She has presented at SENG, HSC, California Association for Licensed
Professional Counselors conferences, the Global Center for Gifted and
Talented Children, and others.


Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT
(408) 887-7133

Ms. Matthews provides supportive and practical child and family therapy for gifted and twice exceptional children and their families in private practice. Parent coaching and consulting services are available for parents seeking resources for enrichment or testing and evaluation. She offers talks for parents and teachers in public, private and charter schools across Santa Clara Valley about social, emotional and motivational needs of gifted children. She is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and the Parent Representative for California Association for the Gifted Region 5 (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties).


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.


Dan Peters, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Dr. Peters is available to speak to parents and educators.  Special topics include: gifted, twice exceptional, anxiety, parenting the gifted, creativity and over-excitabilities


Lesli J. Preuss, Ph.D.
(917) 697-2227

Dr. Lesli Preuss is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families.  She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at Bridges Academy in Studio City, CA and has a private practice for child and family psychology with locations in Studio City and Agoura Hills.  Dr. Preuss is also the founder and director of Buddy Building, LLC a summer day camp for twice-exceptional children in New York City.

Speaker Special Topics: Parenting a 2e child, teaching 2e children, development in the 2e population, childhood anxiety, adhd and disruptive mood
dysregulation disorder


Reid Day School/Lisa Reid, Ed.D.
(949) 680-9592

Dr. Lisa Reid is an upper elementary curriculum and instruction specialist for twice-exceptional students, and the founder of Reid Day School. She possesses an extensive background in education where she has served as a researcher, a teacher and an administrator.

Holding a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Gifted Education, Reid has spent nearly a decade in the K-12 teaching system. Prior to founding RDS, she was a learning specialist for twice exceptional students at Los Angeles’ Bridges Academy.


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Dale Stuart, Ph.D., Sc.D.
(310) 371-3543

Dr. Stuart has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a private practice in Torrance, CA. She works with gifted individuals and couples as her specialty—helping them understand the implications of their giftedness and its influence on their lives and relationships. Dr. Stuart is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and understands the unique difficulties gifted individuals experience in relationships. She received her first Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and had a successful career in Aerospace, then a successful career as an athlete before returning to the field of psychology.

Special spekaing topics inlcude: Social & Emotional Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Individuals; Unique Difficulties for Gifted Couples

Online Learning


Azusa Pacific University College

We would like to let you know about an amazing opportunity. Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is allowing gifted students of ANY AGE to take on-line college courses for FULL UNIVERSITY CREDIT. Gifted Identity Project, The Gifted Education and Support Center and The California Gifted Network are working with APU to develop a cohort so that these younger gifted students can be clustered in the same classes, creating a sense of community. We will be working with the student success counselors and professors to better understand and address issues specific to highly and profoundly gifted young students. Fall offerings include: Philosophy, Introduction to Business, Critical Thinking, Literature, US History, World Civilization, Public Communications and Art. The deadline for fall enrollment is August 3, 2014. If you are interested in joining this cohort, please contact us for further information at: azusapacificgiftedcohort1@gmail.com


Duke TIP

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY Program)

Stanford University’s Education program for Gifted Youth (EPGY Program)

Other


Bea Braun, Au.D. (Educational Audiologist) - Auditory Processing Center
(626) 793-8711

Dr. Braun is a licensed clinical and credentialed educational audiologist with 19 years experience providing comprehensive audiological
evaluations and (central) auditory processing evaluations for children and adults.  She is passionate about accurately identifying each client's
specific auditory processing subtype and recommending deficit specific remediation.

Special topics: Auditory Processing, Hearing Loss


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.

Associations


California Association for the Gifted (CAG)

Greater Los Angeles Gifted Children's Association

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Summer Programs


Davidson Young Scholars Program (DYS Program)

Duke TIP

Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Academy-After-school and weekend enrichment classes offered year-round for gifted 2nd-8th graders Apprenticeship-Internship program for 9th-11th graders Yunasa-Summer Camp for the gifted ages 10-14 held in Michigan and Colorado.


Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY Program)

Stanford University’s Education program for Gifted Youth (EPGY Program)

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG Program)
(866) 303-4744

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), the program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented, where we put our beliefs into practice, has expanded our services to now include students from 5 to 17 years of age. We offer not only our long standing residential summer programs, but we have expanded to day, and commuter summer programs as well as SIG Beyond: Online programs that run during the academic year and summer. Additionally, we have many residential locations, including UCLA, UC Berkeley, Princeton, and U of Chicago, as well as a wide array of day program locations across the country. Come see what is exciting and new at www.giftedstudy.org!


THINK Institute (Davidson Institute)

Talent Searches


Davidson Young Scholars Program (DYS Program)

Duke TIP

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY Program)

THINK Institute (Davidson Institute)

Special Education Attorney


Mastery Quest Academy
(323) 898-5649

Mastery Quest Academy is a learning framework to engage students in an immersive role-play experience, where they are the heroes of an epic tale. Students use their growing understanding of subject related knowledge, and physical fitness to save the world from darkness economically,politically and socially. As students complete missions involving the sciences, mathematics, and language arts, their "powers" and influence growgiving them more command of their environment.