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Understanding Social Development in Gifted Children: Why it Can All Fall Apart in 4th Grade and What to Do About It

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 211 B

Social development in the gifted is a sensitive and misunderstood topic. Parents fear that gifted programs may delay their child’s social development. Educators worry about kids who don’t fit in. Gifted adults look back at their childhood and wonder how it might have gone better. Culturally, we firmly believe in diversity. Drawing from Miraca Gross's work and others, we look at the expected trajectory of social development, the asynchronies in gifted social development, the root causes behind the challenges, and what we can do both to prevent problems as well as to address them when they happen. There is good research teasing it all apart, and the takeaways may surprise you.

Austina De Bonte

President
NW Gifted Child Association

Austina De Bonte is the current President of the Northwest Gifted Child Association (www.nwgca.org), the Washington State support and advocacy organization for families with gifted children. Organized in 1963, NWGCA is the oldest gifted organization in Washington state. A dynamic and engaging presenter, Austina speaks regularly at conferences, as well as conducts parent education talks and professional development workshops for educators. She is a parent advocate who is passionate about speaking about the unique social and emotional development of gifted children. Austina's signature style combines her experience as a parent and parent coach along with synthesized research and cutting edge neuroscience. Austina is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator.

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