Speaker Session: Perfection, Anxiety, and Depression in Gifted Children

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Queen Elizabeth High School: Learning Commons

512 – 18 Street NW

Do you walk around on pins and needles sometimes with your child, not knowing how s/he might respond to something you say or do? Gifted individuals live in the world with intensity. Not only does this impact their learning, but also their relationships and self-esteem.  Our discussions will focus on understanding what these behaviours might look like and why they might be happening, the progression of feelings/behaviours, and strategies to help manage these strong responses.

About the speaker:

Dr. Laurie Alisat is a Specialist for Gifted Education with the Calgary Board of Education. She has worked with gifted students as a classroom teacher in both community and specialized settings. As well, she has worked with teachers as a strategist for gifted learners and as an instructor at the University of Calgary in inclusive learning and the development of creativity. Working with Dr. Robert Kelly, she assisted in interviewing and writing “Educating for Creativity: A Global Conversation.” Her recent research focused on the experience of schooling for gifted boys in alternative settings. Laurie is passionate about compassionate relationships serving to develop appropriate, meaningful challenges for students to build confidence and resiliency.

Who can attend? This event is open to all who are interested.

Is there a cost? Suggested donation is $5 if possible. All funds raised this evening will go toward teacher professional development.

What else will happen that evening? The GATE Parent Association will kick off its fundraising drive, which happens only once every five years.

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