Resources for Gifted and 2E Learners
This is the third part of a blog series on gifted learners. You can find part one here, and part two (about music therapy and gifted learners) here. Today's post is about some local and online resources for gifted learners.
It's been a crazy week here at Aim High Music Therapy; but we've finally opened registration for our social skills groups! The first groups will be starting on August 2nd, but if enough people are interested I am hoping to make it an ongoing program. If you have a child or know a child who could use help developing social skills in a safe and fun environment, check out our webpage for more information. You can also see updates on our Facebook Event Page. While not gifted/2e specific, these groups do focus on skills that 2e and gifted kids struggle with (such as self-regulation) and are open to kids of all levels of cognitive ability. I'm really excited about this, and I hope you are too!
Now, let's talk resources!
The UAGC is a state organization that provides training and resources for parents and teachers of gifted children, as well as advocating for their needs among community leaders and policy makers. The UAGC has a conference every summer (I presented at this year's conference on music therapy and gifted learners), as well as seminars and other opportunities. They also have an amazing facebook group to which many helpful articles and community events are regularly posted.
SENG is a national organization dedicating to supporting the emotional needs of gifted children and adults. While they provide a number of trainings and resources for dealing with issues such as depression, emotional intensity, misdiagnosis, one of the biggest services they offer are parent training groups. These local groups allow parents to meet and learn strategies for helping their children, not to mention the support that comes from meeting other families in similar circumstances. These groups are available throughout the country; you can find a list of facilitators here. I happen to know the facilitators in Utah and they are wonderful people to have on your side.
Hoagie's is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn more about gifted learners. The website has resources for parents,
educators, counselors and professionals, children, and teenagers-- including books, websites, conference information, definitions, and movie recommendations.
The Utah Virtual Academy (UTVA) is an online public school that is designed with gifted learners in mind. Students are able to take classes at their level (meaning, for example, that a gifted learner with asynchronous development could be taking a high school english class and an elementary school math class, or vice versa), and the teachers are very willing to work with students' unique needs. Classes are held online, with an emphasis on self-directed projects. In addition, students have regular in-person get togethers to hang out and play games.
This school does have a waiting list and an application process, but there is no cost of tuition and the school has computers available for students to borrow.
Verywell is a website with articles and newsletters related to various health and wellness topics-- and they have an excellent page on gifted kids with articles on everything from the science of giftedness to strategies for dealing with bullying.
Gifts for Learning is a blog by Carol Bainbridge, who has been educating and advocating for gifted children for well over thirty years. You will find articles by her on many of the other websites I've mentioned; this blog has many helpful articles and other resources.
OGTOC is a facebook community for parents of gifted kids. They describe themselves as being the place for "any parent who's child didn't come with instructions". OGTOC frequently shares ideas for activities, news articles, and other information related to raising gifted learners.
The University of Utah Continuing Education Department offers several summer programs for children, including camps and summer school classes. One of the programs they offer is the Youth Academy of Excellence, a series of week-long classes that are targeted toward gifted and high achieving learners. These are some really fun classes-- when I was in college I actually worked as a teacher's assistant there as a summer job-- with projects like making robots, trying different styles of painting, and making films. YAE classes are offered for children ages 7-15.
That's a wrap for now! Next we're planning on looking at sensory processing issues.
If you know of a resource we missed, or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment! You can also find our contact information by clicking "contact" in the menu bar at the top of the page. We'd love to hear from you!
Have a wonderful weekend, and see you soon!