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Raising Creators of "The Next Big Thing": Helping Children with Entrepreneurial Giftedness Realize their Potential

Saturday, November 11
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 209 A

Is your child an inborn trailblazer – bursting with ideas and innovations, ultimately wanting to enhance the human experience in some inventive way? The signs of entrepreneurial giftedness include vision, leadership, passion, energy, spirit, propensity toward multi-tasking and/or deep-interest-diving, self-belief, determination, desire for transformation or revolution, “negotiating persistence,” and heightened creativity and/or innovation; but these are not always recognized, appreciated, or supported in standard educational programs. How do we help our nascent innovators and future change agents develop fully throughout their lives? Learn from a psychologist, researcher, and parent of two entrepreneurial millennials about the nuts and bolts of raising gifted children with this extraordinary mindset. Specific competencies and evidence-based guidance are provided.

Sue Jackson

Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted

P. Susan Jackson is the Founder and Therapeutic Director of “The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted” in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada and Co-founder (with Miraca Gross, Australia and Vanessa Wood, USA) and Chair of the Board of the INTERNATIONAL GIFTED CONSORTIUM, dedicated to the fullest understanding and optimal development of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted, worldwide.

The DAIMON INSTITUTE supports the learning needs and overall development of the highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted populations. Her clinical work spans 28 years, comprising over 70,000 hours of psychotherapy wholly with this exceptional population. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters in the Gifted Education literature. Her Integral Practice for the Gifted™ model addresses multiple aspects of human functioning – cognitive, emotional, spiritual, physical and talent based dimensions – and explains how advanced cognition influences all of these elements, the Self and the expression of talent.

In 2010 she produced a short documentary entitled Exceptionally Gifted children which has received wide acclaim internationally.

In 2013-2014 the Daimon Institute produced “Rise: the Extraordinary Story of the Exceptionally Gifted” - a 60 minute film on the lives of 12 exceptionally and profoundly gifted persons from all over the globe. RISE has been shown in over 30 countries on five continents and has also received wide acclaim.

Former Chair of both the Parents and Curriculum Networks Communications Committee (National Association to Support Gifted Children), and the Counselling and Guidance Network, she is also a member of the advisory board for SENG. She is recognized as an international expert in the field of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted and regularly presents with other leading experts at international conferences. She is a photographer, poet and nature lover with a passionate interest in advanced development, optimal mental-health and well-being for these extraordinary children and adults.


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