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CAGT is excited to announce our new
FaceBook Live – Conversations with CAGT

Each Tuesday at 5:00 pm MDT, we will live stream a 20 – 30 minute presentation, followed by a Q&A with a local or national expert on a topic current and relevant to our GT community. Please join us for these informational conversations!

Last Tuesday, Ed Amend presented The Importance of Accurate Assessment for Gifted Students: Issues with Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis. Dr. Amend shared how misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis of gifted individuals is a mismatch between a gifted student’s educational needs and the perception of those needs by others. This may occur when professionals mistakenly view specific social and emotional characteristics of gifted individuals as signs of pathology, when gifted strengths obscure weaknesses, or when problematic behaviors are minimized because one is gifted. Dr. Amend also discussed disorders that may be subject to either misdiagnosis or missed diagnoses and the impact on gifted students, and took questions about the social and emotional implications of giftedness and diagnosis. If you missed this CWC or want to rewatch it, please check out our Resource page under Conversations with CAGT. If you missed any of our other “conversations” you can find them on our Resource page as well, or on CAGT’s FaceBook page or our YouTube channel. Enjoy!

This coming Tuesday, April 20th, Barbara (Bobbie) Gilman will be representing Recognizing Twice Exceptional Children: Observable Characteristics. This is a must-see session for anyone who needs more information and support with identifying our 2e children. Parents, educators, counselors and psychologists are quick to notice anomalies in conceptually advanced children. The sophisticated conversationist with poor written expression or the creatively gifted child who can’t meet performance expectations is telegraphing that something is wrong, despite grade-level performance. Yet, inferring specific weaknesses is risky when symptoms of common disabilities/disorders overlap; e.g., inattention and auditory processing disorder. Learn how the “Checklist for Recognizing Twice Exceptional Children” (Silverman, L.K., Gilman, B.J., Lovecky, D.V.; Maxwell, E., 2019) can clarify observable characteristics and guide further exploration—helping all move beyond hypotheses that the child is “lazy” or “unmotivated.” Concerned parents benefit by learning what to explore, psychologists appreciate the checklist’s questions for professional referrals, and GT teachers can provide the checklist as a service to all parents of the gifted, with resources for further evaluation. Bobbie will share this invaluable tool which you can take back to your colleagues to better recognize these unique children! We hope to see you this coming Tuesday on our next FB Live at 5:00!

COVID-19 Update / Resources

During this difficult time of CDC and statewide precautions due to Covid-19 CAGT wants you to know that we are continuing our work advocating for the needs of our gifted children. Normal operations are still in place except for any in person activities. Plans for our fall conference have begun and we are following all legislative issues that may impact our GT students. We remain committed to supporting our community of gifted learners through this challenging time and to help families who must remain home throughout the rest of the school year. Below are some links from our national organization and other expert sources on how to support your gifted children’s needs at home.

The following is provided for your information and does not constitute a recommendation nor endorsement from CAGT. Adults are responsible for determining the appropriateness of any activity or website for their children.

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