Category: Poster

66 - Recognizing and Advocating for Gifted Underachievers

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Parents play a vital role in the reversal of gifted underachievement. It is often up to parents to become advocates and coaches for their child in trying to reverse underachievement. This session focuses on evidence-based practices that will inform parents on how to recognize and reverse gifted underachievement. Based on years of experience coaching parents and gifted underachievers, presenters introduce tools and resources that parents can use to advocate for the child’s needs. Participants also learn coaching tools so they can learn how to help their underachieving child. Among other things, presenters talk about stimulating goal-directed behavior and building confidence.

Ophelie Desmet

PhD student
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Ophélie Desmet is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented studies at Purdue University and has worked with gifted and talented kids since 2012 as a counselor and teacher. She co-authored a book on how to deal with gifted underachievement. Her research focusses on educational effectiveness and teacher development related to underachievement, creativity, twice-exceptionality and underrepresented groups.

Alissa Salazar

PhD Student
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Alissa Salazar is a doctoral student at Purdue University in Gifted, Talented and Creative Studies under the advisement of Dr. Marcia Gentry. She currently serves as a Counselor Co-Coordinator for the Gifted Education Resource Institute's Summer Residential program. After graduating from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she taught Kindergarten in Indiana. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked for the GERI program as a teacher and counselor. Her research interests include underserved populations, parental influence, and the effect of resource availability on the development of gifted students.