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Ten Essential Tips for Parenting your Twice-Exceptional Child

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 207 D

Twice-exceptional students present with strengths and areas of challenge, which can be confusing and frustrating to families. Parents may be unsure of how to help their child reach his or her potential and lead a happy, productive life. In this presentation, attendees learn ten essential strategies for helping their twice-exceptional child succeed in and out of school. Themes center on increased understanding, advocacy, home-school communication, assessment, and application of effective interventions. The recommendations provided are best practices based on applied research and extensive experience providing psychological services to twice-exceptional youth.

Alissa Doobay

Supervisor of Psychological Services, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
University of Iowa

Dr. Alissa Doobay received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2010. She is currently a licensed psychologist and Supervisor of Psychological Services at the Belin-Blank Center Assessment and Counseling Clinic at the University of Iowa. She provides clinical assessment, therapy, and consultation services for gifted and twice-exceptional students (e.g., high ability students with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders). Her research focuses on the characteristics and needs of high ability students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Joyce Goins

Licensed Psychologist
Belin-Blank Center/The University of Iowa

Dr. Joyce Goins is a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Goins currently works at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development in their Assessment and Counseling Clinic at the University of Iowa. Dr. Goins works with twice-exceptional students. She administers comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations and conducts therapy with this population. Dr. Goins is also an adjunt professor with the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Iowa. Dr. Goins earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Goins' specialty area includes attention and learning concerns in twice-exceptioanl children and adolescents. Dr. Goins is also a member of the Iowa Psychological Association and she is an active member of their finance committee.

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Megan Foley Nicpon

Associate Professor / Associate Director for Research and Clinic
University of Iowa

Megan Foley-Nicpon is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Iowa and a licensed psychologist and researcher at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Dr. Foley-Nicpon’s research and clinical interests include assessment and intervention with twice-exceptional students, particularly gifted students with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and emotional/learning difficulties, and the social and emotional development of talented and diverse students. She has over 40 referred articles and book chapters in the areas of gifted, counseling psychology, and twice-exceptionality, and numerous presentations at international, national, and state professional meetings. Awards include the NAGC Early Scholar Award, AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent Path Breaker Award, AERA Division E Outstanding Research Award in Human Development, and, twice, the MENSA Research Award, MENSA Education & Research Foundation.

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