Our Gifted Kids Podcast

Our Gifted Kids

This Podcast is about sharing the journey of parenting gifted kids and connecting with advice and support so we have everything we need for every member of our family to thrive. It's a place to get together, share our knowledge, and celebrate our quirky community. If you’d like to be a part of this conversation, get in touch at www.ourgiftedkids.com because this is all about building community! Subscribe & Review Don’t want to miss out?! you can subscribe to the podcast and to help others find the podcast by leaving a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com and by signing up to our email list you can get podcasts delivered right to your inbox! Connect Get in touch with us through Facebook or Instagram! Talk to you soon - on the Our Gifted Kids Podcast!

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Today I’m speaking with Dr Joanne Foster, gifted education specialist and multi-award-winning author, about how to motivate our gifted kids. In this episode we talk about motivation, effort, how to motivate and support the best possible learning experiences for our gifted kids and more. Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “The lesson here is that if you can help children find something that makes it their own, that they can take responsibility for and feel independent about and connect with other people with it as well… if someone really feels that the activity or the task is meaningful and that it suits their ability level and they can make it more interesting for themselves, they will be motivated.” – Dr Joanne Foster “The word potential is really tough. Nobody knows anybody else's potential really. I mean, we don't have tea leaves. We don't have crystal balls. We  have to move forward without trying to put anybody into a box around what their potential may or may not be because it develops over time with the right opportunities to learn and with the kinds of encouragement and support that kids need in order to thrive.” – Dr Joanne Foster Resources Dr Joanne Foster The Creativity Post The Creativity Post article on Tenacity The Creativity Post article on Laziness Joanne’s Books First Time Parent online magazine Knackered: tired, exhausted, British slang. Scunnert : General state of boredom and fed-up ness. Used when you really cannot be bothered, also when you have just accomplished a big task that has knackered you. Used mainly in the northeast of Scotland. BIO Joanne Foster, Ed.D. is a child development and gifted education specialist, and multi award-winning author. She writes guest blogs and book chapters, and her articles are featured in many publications including The Creativity Post and First Time Parent Magazine. Dr. Foster taught for several years at the University of Toronto, and continues to work as an educational consultant advising parents, teachers, school boards, and advocacy groups. She offers presentations, webinars, and workshops on learning, creativity, motivation, and children's well-being. Her books include: Recently released – a fully revised third edition of Being Smart About Gifted Learning: Empowering Parents and Kids Through Challenge and Change co-authored with Dona Matthews ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids, Beyond Intelligence - Secrets for raising happily productive kids, Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate (IBPA Silver Benjamin Franklin Award), and Not Now, Maye Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Nov 25

38 min 59 sec

Do you think you’re a fraud and one of these days someone is going to discover it?! Then you need this episode as Dr Matt Zakreski takes us through what is imposter syndrome, how does it make us feel and how can we move through it! Go to www.ourgiftedkids.com/podcast to download Dr Matt Zakreski’s slides on Imposter Syndrome! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “Doing the thing is the biggest antidote to imposter syndrome, right? Because imposter syndrome is anxiety and anxiety just wants us to stand still. Anxiety wants us to do nothing. That loud voice in my head is screaming, you're an imposter, you're an imposter, you're an imposter, but you know what? I put some paint on a canvas today. I ran today. I practice my oboe today. I surfed today. I filled out my own application for uni today. I did those things today. It doesn't untangle, it doesn't make imposter syndrome go away, but every time you take a concrete action, its grip on you gets a little bit less. And that's a very cool thing.” – Dr Matt Zakreski Resources Dr Matt Zakreski Dr Matt Zakreski Bio Psychologist, Gifted Expert, International Speaker Matthew Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinician who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his clients.  He specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as their families, in providing therapy and conducting psychological evaluations.  Dr. Matt is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor at the university level, and a researcher and author on his specialty, Giftedness.  Dr. Matt thrives in supporting young people in understanding, developing, and celebrating their unique brains and ways of operating in their world. He is best known for his work with Gifted individuals and in being an advocate for implementing high-level supports and understanding of Gifted needs.  He is a board member of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education and active in multiple Gifted organizations around the country. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Nov 11

34 min 22 sec

Lynda, Principal of Dara School, maths & science teacher, (previously nurse & midwife!) joins us to talk about the impact of rules and regulations on opening a school for gifted kids (a topic she has just finished researching for her Phd building on her vast experience and masters of gifted ed) and you'll be surprised about what the biggest challenge was (or maybe not). Check out our 5 PODCASTS over 5 DAYS for GTN Awareness Week and all the FREE events on this week! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote "I think it's about perseverance. There are so many times I wanted to give up, but I didn't. Why didn't I? because there were people around me, and it was about the vision." – Lynda McInnes Resources The G Word Gifted Talented Neurodiverse Awareness Week Dara School #019 What is Gifted? With Lynda McInnes BIO Lynda began her professional career as a nurse and midwife where she worked for many years as a remote area nurse. During this time, she taught Health at the local school. She then followed her passion for science by completing a bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry and then a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught high school maths and science and realised her own children and many other gifted childrens’ needs were not being met in the regular classroom. She studied a master’s degree in education with a focus on gifted education, worked in Gifted Education as an Assistant Principal, while becoming increasingly aware that there was much more that needed to be implemented for gifted children. In late 2013, a group made up people passionate about Gifted Education was formed, and regular meetings focused on establishing a specialist school dedicated to the education of gifted students commenced. The concepts and ideas that emerged formed the philosophical basis of Dara School and four years later the doors finally opened to our first group of gifted students. Throughout the establishment phase of starting Dara School, Lynda has been working as a doctoral student at Flinders University, writing an auto-ethnography thesis (which she has just finished), as she believes it is important to tell the story of establishing Australia’s first, full time specialist school for gifted students. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 28

32 min 11 sec

Today’s Gifted Talented & Neurodiversity Awareness Week guest has more than 35 years of experience in education and giftedness, is an author, formerly the CEO of Potential Plus UK, currently a trustee of Potential Trust UK and MBE recipient(!). Denise talks to us about high potential, hidden potential, mental health challenges of gifted, and the importance of looking after ourselves. Check out our 5 PODCASTS over 5 DAYS for GTN Awareness Week and all the FREE events on this week! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote "If I had one plea for the parents and carers and the professionals on here, it would be to look after yourself; your own mental health and wellbeing so that you can support other people to be the best that they can be." – Denise Yates MBE Resources The G Word Gifted Talented Neurodiverse Awareness Week Potential Plus UK Potential Trust UK The School Handbook for Dual and Multiple Exceptionality: High Learning Potential with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities by Denise Yates BIO Denise Yates has worked in education and training for over thirty five years to enable all individuals to maximise their potential. Over the years, this has included ex-offenders, children with moderate learning difficulties, adults with numeracy and literacy problems and in inner-city areas working with young people at risk of offending. For ten years, Denise was Chief Executive of the national charity, Potential Plus UK (formerly The National Association for Gifted Children). In 2017, Denise left to pursue her passion which could be summarised as ‘hidden potential’; children and young people with Dual and Multiple Exceptionality, those with mental health problems and those who have been failed by the system, for whatever reason. A Cambridge economist, Denise is currently, amongst other things, a Trustee of The Potential Trust, a charitable trust which supports more able children from low-income backgrounds, a non-executive Director of Nisai Education Trust which is interested in exploring different models of education and a member of the Above and Beyond group which looks to work in partnership with organisations in the UK, in whatever sector, for the benefit of children and young people with gifts and talents (including those with DME). Denise is a Fellow of the RSA, a consultant on issues related to inclusion and also a trained Adviser with Citizens Advice and spends time practically helping individuals and families in her community.  In 2020, with Adam Boddison, she wrote The School Handbook for Dual and Multiple Exceptionality and in 2020 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to children and young people. In early 2022 her second book about DME, written for parents and carers, will be published. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 27

54 min 1 sec

Gifted Talented Neurodiversity Awareness Week wouldn't be the same without talking about #actuallygifted Adults. Heather and our host, Sophia Elliott, talk about being a gifted adult, being identified as a child or as an adult (as gifted & Neuro-diverse) and the highs and lows of those journeys! Check out our 5 PODCASTS over 5 DAYS for GTN Awareness Week and all the FREE events on this week! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote "Because everything had come so easy up until that, in all of my subjects, when things started to get hard, then I started to say, well, I'm not interested in that, and I don't want to do that anymore. That permeated everything and yeah, I found it very difficult because all of my peers had learned how to persist with things at a younger age because things had been tricky for them. So they had to try work these things out. Whereas I hadn't had to do that." – Heather Cox Resources The G Word Gifted Talented Neurodiverse Awareness Week James & Susie The Power of Different by Gail Saltz BIO Heather Cox Heather Cox is a data analytics student (self-confessed data nerd), Rubik's cube addict, resident volunteer historian of our heritage listed school, with passions and experience in motorsport, IT, furniture design, all kinds of history, critical thinking, programming and recently, microcontrollers. She loves the patterns of linguistics, has studied widely and uses random foreign expressions to get the attention of her kids. Heather has three gifted kids, volunteers as the parent committee convenor at their school and was identified as gifted as a child. She shares her personal journey with giftedness. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 26

1 hr 12 min

We dive into home-schooling (& maths!) with GHF's (Gifted Home schoolers Forum) president (and founder of Mr Gelston's One Room School House), Barry Gelston, as a part of our 5 PODCASTS over 5 DAYS for Gifted Talented Neurodiversity Awareness Week! Woo! Barry teaches gifted & 2e students maths so we didn't miss the chance to talk about that too! Check out our 5 PODCASTS over 5 DAYS for GTN Awareness Week and all the FREE events on this week! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote "Having these conversations and speaking to all of us is letting other people know that they're not alone and that they can hear their stories in other people's conversations and knowing that they can be okay. There is a way to make it through."- Barry Gelston. Resources The G Word Gifted Talented Neurodiverse Awareness Week GHF Learners Mr Gelston’s One Room School House BIO Barry Gelston, M.Ed. is the Board President of GHF whose mission is to empower every gifted family to make strategic, proactive, and intentional educational choices. Currently, Mr. Gelston is a Doctoral student at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education whose focus is on supporting gifted and 2e families. Barry holds a Masters’ Degree in Education from Cambridge College focused on Middle School Mathematics Education and has also completed graduate level coursework in Research, Measurement, and Quantitative Analysis in Behavioral and Educational Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University. Professionally, Mr. Gelston is a private math teacher who works with Gifted & 2e homeschool students who struggle with learning math in traditional settings. His practice supports families from around the world, working online in zoom and using other online assistive technology. After spending 10 years working exclusively teaching math to Gifted and 2e learners, Mr. Gelston has focused solely on the needs of this community. In addition to using core math education tools taking a constructivist approach, his focus has been on allowing 2e learners the space to learn. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 25

47 min 10 sec

What’s on in Gifted Talented & Neurodiverse Awareness Week? It is Gifted Talented & Neurodiversity Awareness Week! In this episode we talk about all the FREE events brought to you by The G Word and Our Gifted Kids, as well as heaps of partners. Check out our 5 PODCASTS over 5 DAYS for GTN Awareness Week and all the FREE events on this week! Hit play and let’s get started! Resources The G Word Gifted Talented Neurodiverse Awareness Week ourgiftedkids.com Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 24

8 min 30 sec

We talk to Marc about the State of Giftedness and the inspiration behind Gifted Talented & Neurodiversity Awareness Week as a part of our 5 PODCASTS over 5 DAYS for GTN Awareness Week! Woo! Marc is the multi-award-winning independent filmmaker, director and visionary behind The G Word and a growing community gathering to change the face of giftedness. Check out our 5 PODCASTS over 5 DAYS for GTN Awareness Week and all the FREE events on this week! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote "I saw an opportunity for our movie... to try to bring people together... it's five days of virtual programming. All of it is free. People are registering for it on our website and showing up every day for webinars and other kinds of online events." – Marc Smolowitz Resources The G Word Gifted Talented Neurodiverse Awareness Week GRO – Gifted Research Outreach #027 Gifted is more than High IQ, Lets talk about the Brain! #024 Sexuality & Gender – Tips for parents Andrew Solomon, ‘Far from the Tree’ (book) #019 What is Gifted? BIO Marc Smolowitz is a multi-award-winning independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. With three decades of experience in the film and media business, Smolowitz is a director, producer, and executive producer who has been significantly involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the entertainment industry. In 2016, he received one of the prestigious IFP Fellowships to attend the Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network and Marche du Film marking him as one of USA’s most influential independent film producers. Learn more about Marc's work here: https://www.13thgenfilm.com/  Marc's IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0810625/   Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 21

55 min 28 sec

Helen Finlay, Principal of St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School, joins us today to talk about her new initiatives for gifted education at SPW. Helen talks to us about the importance of meeting the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional students and how they are doing that at SPW, including inquiry-based learning, explicit instruction, new teacher training options and new gifted education programs. What I love is that Helen has not only improved understanding and the offerings around gifted education at SPW but she’s opened up training opportunities and a conversation for teachers and leaders locally to help improve understanding in the sector. Big love to Helen for being the change we need. The 25th – 29th of October is Gifted, Talented & Neurodiversity Awareness Week, powered by The G Word and as a partner we’re super excited to support it and be involved in raising awareness. We will be doing daily podcasts for the week so register at The G Word and get involved in all the FREE webinars and podcasts! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “It’s hard to view those children [gifted children] through a lens of vulnerable learners, but they are vulnerable learners. They run the risk of feeling disenfranchised, they run the risk of disengaging from school, and in fact, we know the research tells us that if children learn that school is not somewhere where they are engaged from reception through to year 1 and 2 you may have lost them for the rest of their schooling journey, that’s how crucial it is.” – Helen Finlay, Principal  Resources St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School University of NSW, GERRIC: gifted education Gifted, Talented, Neurodiversity Awareness Week powered by The G Word – Register HERE! Bio Helen Finlay is the current Principal of St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School in Glenelg, commencing her tenure there in October 2020. Most recently Helen was the Head of Junior School, St Philip’s Christian School, Gosford, and Director of Teaching and Learning across the whole school (Reception – Year 12). She has previously been an education consultant for the NSW Association of Independent Schools, and taught at St Luke’s Anglican School Bayview and Oxford Falls Grammar School. Helen holds a Master of Education from the University of NSW, Certificate of Gifted Education from the University of NSW, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from Macquarie University, and is currently completing her Masters of Education Leadership at Macquarie University. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!  

Oct 18

25 min 46 sec

In this episode we’re talking to Dr Alan D. Thompson about intuition and giftedness. We ask what is intuition? We talk about intuition in science, the research behind intuition, imaginary friends, intuition in very high IQ children, how to foster intuition and imagination in our kids, why it’s so important and more… Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “Well, if we look at intuition as this innate process - everyone's got it. It gives people the ability to know things without analytic reasoning. Let's call it the opposite of science - it's knowing without knowing how we know. I think it scares people. It maps to somewhere that we're not comfortable going.” – Dr Alan D. Thompson “I think one of the triggers for me writing this was noticing how many of my high ability clients from seven, eight years old had imaginary friends. And I thought that was fascinating… We've got the research that 34% of high ability or gifted girls have imaginary friends a little bit less for high ability or gifted boys.” – Dr Alan D. Thompson “That can be as simple as lying in bed and talking about dreams in the morning. So, what dream did you have? What dream did the child have? Not with any sense of needing to interpret it, but what is flowing through the subconscious at night?” – Dr Alan D. Thompson Resources Connected – Intuition & Resonance in Smart People by Dr Alan D. Thompson Dr Alan D. Thompson – Life Architect Bio Dr Alan D. Thompson is a world expert in the fields of AI, intelligence, high performance, and personal development. He consults to families with special needs children including Bolshoi ballerinas, chess masters, abstract artists, and those with a mental age up to twice their chronological age. Alan advises international media in the fields of exceptional ability and personal development, consulting to the award-winning series Decoding Genius for GE, Making Child Prodigies for ABC (with the Australian Prime Minister), 60 Minutes for Network Ten/CBS, and Child Genius for Warner Bros. Alan’s dissertation was adapted into a book featuring Dr Rupert Sheldrake, Connected: Intuition and Resonance in Smart People. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Sep 29

47 min 13 sec

Today I’m speaking with Dr Geraldine Townend from UNSW about her research on self-concept of gifted, Twice Exceptional (2E), children and the lifelong impacts. We also talk about an awesome project she is supporting which is an educational screener for parents which is in its research phase and a great opportunity for you to get involved! In the episode you’ll hear: What is self-concept and why it is so important Tools and strategies to address negative self-concept A new education screener for parents called Ed Screening How to get involved in the Ed Screening pilot program (see below) Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “Because our twice exceptional students do have things that get in the way of their ability to learn and build some of those core skills, their self-concept starts to go down because they are seeing the world or seeing themselves as less than by comparison. So they do start to build a negative self-concept.” – Dr Geraldine Townend “And she said, I'm trying to develop, , a screener that is going to be available at a really affordable cost for all the parents and the teachers out there. We'll screen all those things like autism, ADHD… dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, all the specific learning disorders and so on. So the parents know in a moment who they need to go to next, which waiting list they need to get on for formal diagnosis… research based and really powerful.” – Dr Geraldine Townend Resources Ed Screening The pilot is currently open and needs a couple of hundred parents to fill out the survey about their child. It takes about 20 mins, it’s FREE during the pilot phase and when the data is crunched, you’ll get a free report. Eventually, it will be instant and low cost. This helps to create an educational screener, backed by research, that will provide direction for parents quickly and help them to know what professionals to see and what strategies to use in the meantime. Things like autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, all the specific learning disorders, and so on. It will save months, if not years, of being on waitlists that don’t turn up a diagnosis and potentially hundreds of dollars for parents by helping them to figure out who it is they need to see. Parents from anywhere in the world can participate. Especially if you have concerns or questions about your child’s learning needs or neuro-diversity. UNSW - GERRIC Check the website for books on neurodiversity! Gifted with Learning Disability Australia Bio Geraldine Townend is a published academic with over a decade of experience in the field of gifted education, having expertise in the area of twice-exceptionality. Geraldine lectures and conducts research in GERRIC (Gifted Education Research and Resource Information Centre) in the areas of gifted education, gifted with learning disability, and special learning needs. Her research interests focus on supporting gifted and twice-exceptional students to aspire to their potential in education, which includes the development of positive academic self-concept. Geraldine advises government around curriculum and education and has been featured on national TV. She has been currently working in an advisory capacity with the Department for Education, New South Wales. Geraldine conducts professional development for schools in the identification of, and support for, gifted underachievers, and has featured on Australian National television. She also provides advice for parents and families of gifted and twice-exceptional students, and works closely with State, National and International Associations. Subscribe & Review Don’t want to miss out?! you can subscribe to the podcast and to help others find the podcast by leaving a review. We love to hear your stories and feedback and reviews help us spread the word and help other parents too. Thank you! You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com and by signing up to our email list you can get podcasts delivered right to your inbox! Connect If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest uh-huh moment! Get in touch with us through Facebook or Instagram and let me know!

Sep 9

38 min 40 sec

Gifted is more than High IQ, Let’s talk about the gifted brain! Today we’re talking about a body of research about the gifted brain from Gifted Research Outreach (GRO), who are a non-profit based in the USA. This research helps us understand why gifted kids have high IQ’s and how the behaviour of your gifted child is impacted by the way their brain is wired. In the episode you’ll hear about the 6 key differences in the gifted brain compared a neurologically typical brain: Increased regional brain volumes Greater connectivity across brain regions Brains operate more efficiently & Expanded brain areas that respond more actively to challenges Greater Sensory Sensitivity Expanded brain areas dedicated to emotional intelligence Tune in to hear more! Hit play and let’s get started! About GRO “In the the first phase of research, GRO is reviewing existing peer-reviewed studies on the physiological differences in the gifted brain. Our review is revealing that many studies provide a potential physiological rationale for the intensities commonly experienced by gifted individuals including intellectual, emotional, motor and sensory processing. These differences also help explain gifted traits and behaviors that parents report their child experiencing, but professionals often dismiss or misdiagnose. While GRO believes that this is just the beginning of understanding how the physiology of gifted individuals differs from the norm, as it progresses in its mission, we will not only have a better understanding of the physiology of this group of outliers, we will contribute to the better understanding, diagnosis, and the development of better medication and treatment protocols for ALL individuals.” - GRO Resources Gifted Research Outreach Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Aug 26

41 min 12 sec

We’re excited to be talking to Julie Skolnick today about 2E, giftedness, what is creating agency for your children, how and why you should! Julie gives us heaps of tips that will help with validation, expectations, focusing on strengths, discussing why we do things, executive function and more! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “How many people out there think that they're the frontal lobe for their kids? You're the one who sets up all the stuff. The checklist, the double checks, the making sure the do this, do that. That's not agency. That's taking agency actually away. The opposite of that is agency where the child actually is doing the stuff for themselves, that they're making the decisions for themselves. And sometimes that's super scary for parents of gifted and 2E kids... “ – Julie Skolnick Resources com Let’s Talk 2e! virtual conferences WithUnderstandingComesCalm.com Facebook: WithUnderstandingComesCalm Let’s Talk 2e – Parents Let’s Talk 2e – Teachers’ Lounge Instagram: @LetsTalk2e Twitter: @JulieSkolnick LinkedIn: Julie Rosenbaum Skolnick YouTube: Let’s Talk 2e BIO Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC, passionately guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, trains educators and advises professionals on how to bring out the best and raise self-confidence in their 2e students and clients. Julie serves as Secretary to the Maryland Superintendent’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, is an advisor for the Masters of Education Program for the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity, is the Maryland liaison for Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), is a Committee member for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and serves as an advisor to “The G Word” feature documentary currently in production. A frequent speaker and prolific writer, Julie is also the mother of three twice exceptional children who keep her on her toes and uproariously laughing. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Jun 21

39 min 6 sec

Why would a parent choose a selective school? After reflecting on the intense effort required to navigate the education system for her academically gifted children, Deb returned to university to explore the current thinking in this field. Her research investigated the reasons why parents chose to enrol their gifted children in a selective school.  Deb now runs Nurture Connect, a service offering support and practical advice to gain positive outcomes for students and families. Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “They had all started out their children at mainstream, so they did know how mainstream worked for their child and each one of them had decided that they needed something different. They all found that their child was actually underperforming. There were school absences. One parent couldn't get her child to school previously. One child was made to repeat year one which is crazy. There was disruptive behaviour. One child would do their work in the morning and then nap in the afternoon. And children were disengaged. When they chose, so they were really looking for something, they had really unhappy children and they were feeling quite traumatized themselves.” – Deb Nurton “I was surprised at the lengths that parents had gone to. I don't know that school is the local school for any of the parents that I interviewed. Obviously, it's closer for some parents than others. The one thing that did surprise me was that parents were traumatized by their experiences. And in fact, what that did for me was made me remember my traumatic experiences.” – Deb Nurton Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Jun 11

45 min 45 sec

Today is Part 2 of a conversation about sex education for parents of gifted kids that we started earlier this year with Dr Matt Zakreski. In this episode, we talk about gender and sexuality as they relate to the gifted population. As parents of gifted kids, we especially, need to be open to accepting, knowing and understanding sexuality and gender issues and we talk about why. We define sexuality, gender, CIS gender, gender fluid, transgender and all the letters in LGBTQ+ and why it is important to understand this language. We provide tips for parents if your child starts talking about sexuality, or questioning gender, or comes out to you, or wants to talk about sex. Not to mention, how to talk about consent as an ongoing conversation. This podcast is full of tips and how-to’s for parents to navigate what can be uncomfortable and complex conversations. Continue the conversation in our Facebook Group or check out our NEW 'What is Gifted' page with a huge FREEBIE - Part 1 of Parent effectively by learning about the gifted brain. 🤩 Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “What we're doing is, we are normalizing these conversations. We are taking this out of the bedroom, out of the closet, and shining the light of day on it. And, to those of you who are out there, who are engaging with this, keep engaging with it.” – Dr Matt Zakreski “What we want is to create an environment where it's safe for people to come out and share all aspects of ourselves. And that starts very much with the language we use…we want to use gender neutral terms as best we can.” – Dr Matt Zakreski “So the number one thing you say when someone comes out to you is thank you because they are choosing to do a brave thing and they have identified you as a brave person.” – Dr Matt Zakreski Resources Dr Donna Ford Dr Matt Zakreski The G Word Film Mark Smolowitz Dr Matt Zakreski Bio Psychologist, Gifted Expert, International Speaker Matthew Zakreski, PsyD is a high-energy, creative clinician who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his clients.  He specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as their families, in providing therapy and conducting psychological evaluations.  Dr. Matt is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor at the university level, and a researcher and author on his specialty, Giftedness.  Dr. Matt thrives in supporting young people in understanding, developing, and celebrating their unique brains and ways of operating in their world. He is best known for his work with Gifted individuals and in being an advocate for implementing high-level supports and understanding of Gifted needs.  He is a board member of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education and active in multiple Gifted organizations around the country. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

May 30

1 hr 2 min

Today I’m speaking with psychologist Kate Plum about the assessment journey for gifted kids. In this episode we talk about when an IQ Test is helpful, what steps are involved, the pros and cons of assessment, the nuances of cognitive tests for gifted kids, the components of the test and much more. If you’re a parent considering whether you need to get your child assessed, this is the episode for you! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quotes “It's very important that, that the parents. Get what they came for really? It's not a yes or no scenario. Are they gifted? Yes or no? It's yes, but, or no, but there's always a, but, and, and that's where that, that value, I think in the assessment lies.” – Kate Plum “The assessment is the beginning. It's not the end. A lot of parents think let's get an assessment and find out once and for all. The assessments, just the beginning, the assessment is where we all know what that next step is. And then I provide what that next step is.” – Kate Plum “We're all highly trained in psychometric assessment. I think there is,  a widespread lack of understanding when it comes to how nuanced giftedness can be. It's not just an IQ score. It's part of it, but it's not all of it that just tells us what that baseline potential is. It doesn't show us what the child's actually doing.” – Kate Plum Resources Kid Psychology Bio Kate Plumb has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a variety of issues in children and combines her dual qualifications of psychologist and teacher to develop specific and individualised intervention plans based on each child’s unique need. Kate conducts a range of assessments for ADHD, Autism (including the ADOS), psychometrics (IQ) & learning difficulties (dyslexia) for any age. Kate provides support for kids and families of primary school age. Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

May 21

50 min 43 sec

Today I’m speaking with Dr Colm O’Reilly, Director of the Centre of Talented You at Ireland’s Dublin City University, about their awesome program. In the episode, you’ll hear all about the program CTYI offer, why they offer it and who get’s to attend. We also talk at length about tips for parents of gifted kids. The CTYI engages about 6000 and has operated for 30 years so I was keen to know what Dr Colm O’Reilly has learned about gifted kids and parenting gifted kids during this time! Hit play and let’s get started! Dr Colm O’Reilly “Sometimes with bright kids. You need to relax that a little bit because they're obviously doing quite well up to now. Sometimes you can be overly focused on what they're getting in scores and exams and tests and stuff, because we're constantly using that as a metric to judge them as to how well they're doing when the passion and the interest and what they believe and what they like is very important, too.” – Dr Colm O’Reilly Dr Colm O’Reilly has worked in the area of gifted education for decades, is a published academic and Director of the CTYI. Dr O’Reilly engages internationally with gifted education and is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Resources Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

May 11

1 hr 6 min

Welcome to our new series of the Our Gifted Kids Podcast! We’re starting this series by reflecting on our first 20 episodes. I’ve managed to select 12 of my biggest parenting aha moments and themes that have come from all of the words of wisdom of our guests. It’s been such a privilege to talk to such generous and knowledgeable people, so committed to gifted kids that, out of respect and in thanks, I wanted to pause and reflect on some of the personal lessons I took away from our first series. Thank you, sincerely, to all of our guests so far and we’re really looking forward to getting into this new series with many more awesome guests! Stay tuned! Hit play and let’s get started! Resources You can find all the episodes at ourgiftedkids.com Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

May 3

44 min 49 sec

A holiday replay of our most popular episodes! This holidays we have replayed our most popular episodes so it's a great chance to catch up on any you've missed before we return with new episodes next week! In this episode I talk to Samantha, mum of a number of gifted kids and a big part of their journey is perfectionism. For more info about how you can help your gifted child with perfectionism, check out these other episodes as well: #010 Growth Mindset with Big Life Journel Founder Alexandra Eidens #017 What is a gifted Assessment with Amanda Drury Blog - How I learnt to Chill Out as a Parent of Gifted Kids More blogs and podcasts at www.ourgiftedkids.com and subscribe so you don't miss out! Find show notes at: https://ourgiftedkids.com/blog/perfectionism/

Apr 9

48 min 25 sec

Tune in for our first holiday replay of our most popular episodes! This episode talks about What is Gifted?!? with Lynda McInnes, Principal of Australia's first school for gifted kids. For more info about what gifted is all about check out our blogs and podcasts at www.ourgiftedkids.com and subscribe so you don't miss out! This week and next week we will be replaying our most popular episodes so it's a great chance to catch up on any you've missed!! Find show notes at: https://ourgiftedkids.com/blog/what-is-gifted-podcast/  

Apr 9

43 min 24 sec

Today I’m speaking with Kate Donohue from Dynamic Parenting about the intersection of giftedness and autism. In the episode, we talk about highly and profoundly gifted children, what autism looks like in gifted children, the intersection of giftedness and autism, and what we need to look out for. Kate has been working in the disability sector for more than 20 years. She has been a DIR Floortime therapist, kindergarten and schoolteacher, service leader mentor, support worker, and workshop presenter. Kate's learning journey really began when she became a parent to 2 neurodivergent girls. Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quotes “They need to be able to comprehend our children. Some people just cannot comprehend how diverse our kids are because the giftedness skews all of the disability. So, the disabilities don't present the way they're doing the textbooks.  .. the clinician needs to have an understanding of the interplay between the disability and the giftedness and sometimes multiple disabilities and giftedness. So, it's this really unique profile.” - Kate “It's not about the behaviours on the outside. It's not about somebody who looks autistic or doesn't look autistic. It's about what the gaps in development are, or what their sensory system is doing, what they need to know to understand other people, and then supporting them to get the supports that they need.” – Kate “While they're concentrating so hard on fitting in and understanding others and not making mistakes and not being found out and not being ridiculed. There's so much anxiety going on. It's really hard for them to learn. And it's really hard to have joy and freedom and expression and to become that authentic version of themselves. So masking does have a high cost to people who do mask.” - Kate Resources Dynamic Parenting Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Apr 7

35 min 44 sec

Today I’m speaking with Amanda Drury from Gifted 2E Support Australia as we delve into what is in a gifted assessment and a bunch of other quirks of giftedness. In this episode you’ll hear: The different subsections of WISC (one type of IQ assessment) The hidden messages in IQ assessments 3 types of masking 2 types of ADHD Red flags that help identify gifted & 2E kids in the classroom and at home 2 types of perfectionism, and What is a melt-down? Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quotes “Dysfunctional perfectionism comes up a lot in twice-exceptional children that, that essentially that refusal to do any work because you're too scared to fail.” - Amanda “When I asked her, how is he reading novels he can't when he can't phonetically spell?... She said because he's remembering the shape of the word. He's remembering them as pictures.” - Amanda “They might be distressed or ashamed of their anxiety or their depression, or maybe they're scared of it…They will spend the whole day masking their anxiety putting up a persona… over the top of their anxiety because they don't want anyone to know that they're anxious and then they go home and they completely lose it. And it's bad, it's back to back meltdowns for the whole afternoon.” - Amanda Resources Gifted 2E Support Australia Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Mar 29

36 min 25 sec

Today I’m speaking with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz about his upcoming documentary, The G Word Film. The film is currently in post-production with an expected release date in early 2022. The G Word Film is the first major documentary on giftedness and asks the question, Who Gets to be Gifted In America? The shorts released so far describe a scenario that is seen globally. In the episode, we talk about trauma, hope, and empowerment, gender and sexuality, identity, and more! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “Trauma is a huge theme in every story. But I'm not here to beat you up. That's just not my, I don't believe that's my job. I believe my job is actually more about giving you hope or leaving you with a sense of possibilities, prospects for change prospects, for making things better. I've dealt with, all kinds of traumatic stories and, trauma is, one side of the story. The other side is empowerment.” – Marc “I had a sense of being other in the world.” -Marc Resources The G Word Film #MyGiftedStory Learn more about Marc's work Marc's IMDB page Unleash Monday Podcast Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe, and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook! Introducing Marc Smolowitz Marc Smolowitz is a multi-award-winning independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. With three decades of experience in the film and media business, Smolowitz is a director, producer, and executive producer who has been significantly involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the entertainment industry. The combined footprint of his works has touched 200+ film festivals and markets on 5 continents, yielding substantial worldwide sales to theatrical, television, and VOD outlets, notable box office receipts, and numerous awards and nominations. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Chicago, Palm Springs, AFI Docs, IDFA, DOC NYC, CPH: DOX, Tokyo, Melbourne, Viennale, Krakow, Jerusalem, among others. His film company -- 13th Gen -- works with a dynamic range of independent film partners globally to oversee the financing, production, post-production, marketing, sales, and distribution efforts of a vibrant portfolio of films and filmmakers. Founded in 2009, the company is known widely for being active on some 10-15 concurrent projects, both independent and inside Hollywood, and it has successfully advanced Smolowitz's career-long focus on powerful social issue films and filmmaking across all genres. In 2016, he received one of the prestigious IFP Fellowships to attend the Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network and Marche du Film marking him as one of USA’s most influential independent film producers. Join in the social media campaign! #MyGiftedStory

Mar 22

49 min 4 sec

Today I’m speaking with Dr Matt Zakreski about sex education for gifted kids. Dr Matt uses a  lifespan sex education model with a gifted education lens to talk about sex to our gifted kids. In the episode you’ll hear: Looking at sex education through the gifted perspective. What gifted traits you need to consider during the sex education talks and puberty. What to talk about during each phase of your child growing up. 3 Biggest tips for parents – own the awkward, it’s a series of conversations, you don’t have to go it alone! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “Most schools, if they have sex ed at all is in eighth grade right before they go to high school. And at that point, you're probably at least two years into puberty, maybe three… So can you imagine… let's use driving the car. You start driving the car and three years later, I'm going to teach you how to do it.” – Dr. Matt “We're going to change, start wearing deodorant, or we start having to shave, maybe wearing makeup, wearing a bra, does a bra have underwire, right? These are all sensory things that we have to consider.” Dr. Matt “Then we get to that emotional overexcitability... All those emotions are going to be felt to like 14, on a one to 10 scale, which means when our kids crush. They're going to crush hard and they might get a little obsessive. They might have their hearts broken and that is something we need to anticipate as adults.” – Dr. Matt Resources Dr. Matt Zakreski Website Dr. Matt Zakreski Facebook Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Mar 15

1 hr 3 min

Today I’m speaking with Amanda Drury from Gifted 2E Support Australia about her journey and what 2 E is all about.   We've talked about what is twice-exceptional? How can you be 2E? Masking 2E, masking giftedness. The importance of strengths-based learning. Hit play and let’s get started! Resources Gifted 2E Support Australia GTCASA Kids Like Us Facebook Groups – try Our Gifted Kids! GLD Australia Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Mar 10

44 min 3 sec

Today I’m speaking with Jocelyn Brewer, creator of the Digital Nutrition concept. We’re talking about screen time and a new way parents can look at this challenging topic!  Jocelyn helps us stay human in a digital world. In the episode you’ll hear: A new concept for managing screen time - Digital Nutrition. Gaming and computer games – an opportunity to show a growth mindset and connect! Using technology (games) to build on our weaknesses. Communication and understanding. How to win a spot in Jocelyn’s Engaging (Tech Obsessed) Adolescents course! Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “Actually having a person sitting next to you with the controller and having that easy cool presence while engaging is like a digital super food.” – Jocelyn “You don't have to be a gamer and I guess this is what I encourage parents to really look beyond. We wouldn't say, oh, I'm not much of a booker. If you could just go over there and do your booking and like, just, don't ask me to want to know anything about what you're doing with your books. We wouldn't have that same kind of attitude. And so this is what I mean about curiosity.” – Jocelyn “What we noticed with young people, especially around relationships or thinking they know everything is that they're walking through this big dark, I usually call it a warehouse of their life, with a match. What they can see is only as far as that match gives them insight and they think, oh wow, I can see everything. Whereas the process of brain development and the experiences of life, start  throwing on bigger and better light bulbs.” - Jocelyn Resources Enter Competition to win a spot in Jocelyn’s Course, Engaging (Tech Obsessed) Adolescents here! Digital Nutrition – Jocelyn Brewer’s Website The Quest for Digital Super Foods – Jocelyn Brewer Introducing Virtual Vitamins – Jocelyn Brewer Taming Gaming Website PAX Aus Gaming Conference Parent Shop Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Mar 1

31 min 15 sec

Today I’m speaking with Nadja Cereghetti host of the Unleash Monday Podcast. It was so much fun to find a kindred spirit, she’s on a mission to create space for gifted adults with her awesome podcast! In the episode you’ll hear: Nadja talking about her journey of discovering she was gifted as an adult Her immense relief in finally understanding herself What it means to be a multipotentialite or generalist The diversity of giftedness Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quotes “I started reading these checklists and I read books and it was quite an emotional process. I was crying. It was this kind of relief of finally having an answer to so many unanswered questions, but also frustration. Why didn't anybody see this?” - Nadja “After a little while embracing this it was very empowering. I got this empowerment that I wished for my friends. I got it for myself and it gives me more self-confidence in what, who I am and what I do. And so I thought I need to share this.” - Nadja “There's too much interesting stuff. I cannot just focus on one thing and knowing about this [giftedness], it really gives me, personally, permission to just do and not having to justify to anybody else.” - Nadja “We recognize greatness in other people, whatever they do. But for ourselves, we always feel like we need a certificate. We need a diploma, we need some sort of proof, but you don't.” - Nadja Resources Unleash Monday Unleash Monday on Instagram Unleash Monday on Twitter Multipotentialite Ted Talk The G Word Film Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Feb 22

38 min 18 sec

Today I’m speaking with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz about his upcoming documentary, The G Word Film. The film is currently in post-production with an expected release date in early 2022. The G Word Film is the first major documentary on giftedness and asks the question, Who Gets to be Gifted In America? The shorts released so far describe a scenario that is seen globally. In the episode you’ll hear: The journey from idea to reality and how it all started. Marc’s journey with giftedness and activism. Giftedness as identity. Gifted trauma. The G Word is more than just a film – it’s making an IMPACT! How to get involved #mygiftedstory Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quotes “When I looked out into the world, I saw that there hadn't really been a significant documentary that was ever made or publicly or widely released on this topic. So that immediately piques my interest because if no one's ever done it, maybe I could be the first to do it.” – Marc Smolowitz “One of the kind of beliefs of this movie is that giftedness is like an identity. And then it functions in very similar ways. You can either be empowered or it can be traumatic, and that there's a sort of a continuum that the child experiences around that journey with perceiving themselves as smart or  not right.” – Marc Smolowitz “I want this movie to be one of the most significant education documentaries of this decade of the 2020s.” – Marc Smolowitz “There's all these assumptions of a high achieving gifted person. And we know that exists. We know there are just really freaking smart people out there.  The G Word is going to show you people who you're going to expect, who are rightly have obviously at the table, but because of different complex aspects of who they are and where they were raised.” – Marc Smolowitz “When we first launched in 2016, we immediately, out the gate, were hearing from people all over the world. I would say, from Switzerland to Singapore, we were getting emails and these emails were often quite chilling, because they would be from parents who are struggling. “– Marc Smolowitz Resources The G Word Film #MyGiftedStory Learn more about Marc's work Marc's IMDB page Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook! Marc Smolowitz Bio Marc Smolowitz is a multi-award-winning independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. With three decades of experience in the film and media business, Smolowitz is a director, producer, and executive producer who has been significantly involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the entertainment industry. The combined footprint of his works has touched 200+ film festivals and markets on 5 continents, yielding substantial worldwide sales to theatrical, television, and VOD outlets, notable box office receipts, and numerous awards and nominations. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Chicago, Palm Springs, AFI Docs, IDFA, DOC NYC, CPH: DOX, Tokyo, Melbourne, Viennale, Krakow, Jerusalem, among others. His film company -- 13th Gen -- works with a dynamic range of independent film partners globally to oversee the financing, production, post-production, marketing, sales, and distribution efforts of a vibrant portfolio of films and filmmakers. Founded in 2009, the company is known widely for being active on some 10-15 concurrent projects, both independent and inside Hollywood, and it has successfully advanced Smolowitz's career-long focus on powerful social issue films and filmmaking across all genres. In 2016, he received one of the prestigious IFP Fellowships to attend the Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network and Marche du Film marking him as one of USA’s most influential independent film producers. Join in the social media campaign! #MyGiftedStory

Feb 15

36 min 22 sec

Growth Mindset with Big Life Journal Founder, Alexandra Eidens Today I’m speaking with Alexandra Eidens about all things Growth Mindset! Alexandra is the CEO and Founder of the Big Life Journal website and it was lovely to catch up and talk. In this episode you’ll hear: What is a growth mindset? What is the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset? How can we encourage our children to have a growth mindset (and us!). What the best thing we can do as parents. Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “What are the automatic thoughts? What do they immediately start thinking If something doesn't go their way?… We can help our children rewire their brain to replace those thoughts with positive ones or the encouraging empowering ones.” – Alexandra “If you can influence their brain structure and how the brain is wired, and you can literally set them up for success in life.” - Alexandra “We like to say that children are not born with a certain level of potential, their potential is unlimited. And your job as a parent is to first, make sure they know that. And second, help them develop their potential.” - Alexandra Resources Big Life Journal USA Big Life Journal Australia The Big Life Kids Podcast Dr Carol Dweck Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Feb 7

26 min

In this episode, I talk about my own story discovering my children are gifted and how that ended in the creation of Our Gifted Kids and the community we're building! "Parenting gifted kids is really tough and you can feel very alone and it's easy to think that you're slightly bonkers… you feel like there's not necessarily a bunch of people out there who are going to understand what you're going through. And there is." - Sophia Resources Our Gifted Kids Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Feb 1

42 min 36 sec

In our final episode of the year, let’s talk about Santa! All those questions! How does Santa fly around the world in one night? Where do all the gifts come from? As parents, it is hard to know what to say about Santa so in this episode we share one way of having the ‘Santa’ conversation that is sure to work! Hit play and let’s get started! Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe, and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Dec 2020

17 min 47 sec

Talking parenting and Megan’s (Twice) Exceptional Life Today I’m speaking with Megan about parenting twice-exceptional children and the very important community we need around us as parents. In the episode you’ll hear: Megan’s journey of uncovering her son’s giftedness and twice exceptionality The challenges of parenting 2e children – those intense melt downs How praise and perfectionism are big challenges How intense anxiety is a daily struggle Why we all need a community to support us Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quotes “I remember thinking something isn’t quite right here. As he grew up, he continued to have massive meltdowns, big, big multiple hour-long meltdowns over tiny things.” -Megan “If it’s not me that is going to support my child 100% and understand them as well as I can then who else is going to?” -Megan “Who is my child? Meet him where he is, this is what he is capable of right now.” – Megan “In the past year where I have had this new awakening to him and his needs, my relationship has flourished, he trusts me. Our relationship has this new understanding.” – Megan “We have had a great year and I think that’s due to my patience with him and my demeanor. I want to understand him and connect with him.” – Megan “Giftedness is not easy and there is a real myth that gifted kids are just a breeze. They are amazing but it’s also really challenging as a parent.” -Sophia “Finding other people was a game-changer for me.” - Megan Resources This (Twice) Exceptional Life Website This (Twice) Exceptional Life Instagram Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Dec 2020

38 min 27 sec

Is Montessori a good match for giftedness? – Selena’s Story Today I’m speaking with Selena about uncovering her child’s giftedness and her experience of Montessori in the early years. In this episode you’ll hear about: Accepting her son is gifted and trying not to be that parent Her son hiding himself when his needs were not met in early years learning Re-learning how to learn at school when he did find the right place Why the assessment was so helpful One child and different Montessori experiences in the early years Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quotes “School became about play and social stuff - it wasn’t about learning it was about hanging out with your mates… it’s kind of sad because they are hungry for something and they aren’t getting that at school.” – Selena “He hid…. He was very quiet, he was very introverted. He learned that when you’re in the classroom you shut up, you don’t ask questions, you don’t get involved and then playtime is when you come alive… and that did a lot of damage.” - Selena   “Now he’s at the right school, now he’s at Dara where they actually understand his brain and how it works and can meet his needs [but] it’s taken a couple of terms to re-learn that school was where we learnt.” - Selena “I think he just wasn’t able to be himself and he was managing that by shutting down at school and then getting vivaciously hungry for whatever he could get outside of it.” – Selena “It’s not about the label… but it’s about the information that that report gives… and it helped me so much to understand my son.” - Selena Resources Edufolios Dara School Edufolios Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Dec 2020

48 min 45 sec

Starting Over. Tennille’s brave decision to move her son interstate to find friends. Today I’m speaking with Tennille about discovering her son is gifted and moving interstate to find like-minded friends and a school that worked for him. In the episode you’ll hear: Tennille’s journey of figuring out her son was gifted. The challenge of figuring out your first/only child is gifted. Her decision to move interstate to find the right school. The challenges of finding friends and peers for gifted kids. A gifted child who actually sleeps! They do exist! The challenges of getting emotional and social needs met. Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “I always thought he was pretty special, he just got things very quickly, but I didn’t think it was any different, certainly not outstanding in any way.” - Tennille “I started thinking about it [gifted] on his second birthday when he picked up a board book but just sat on my nan’s lap and read the board book to her.” - Tennille “He couldn’t handle more than five minutes with one kid and he was regulating his own social [situation] so there was never any complaints, he was managing it,  but he wasn’t getting what he needed and we just hadn’t seen the affects yet. And that’s when I knew this is going to be a social, emotional, problem.” - Tennille “He said to me “these guys get me” and I’m like, what, I didn’t even noticed that he had known the difference but he saw some of these other Dara kids saying stuff and he understood them and they were saying stuff that he felt that I didn’t know he felt.” - Tennille “I had my car shipped across, and we each had two suitcases, and that was all we brought with us. We started fresh and it was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, it was massive. We have no family here, we’d never visited the school.” - Tennille Resources Dara School Mensa Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!  

Nov 2020

42 min 42 sec

Today I’m speaking with Gloria and Peter van Donge about their series of picture books written especially for gifted kids. In the episode you’ll hear: Gifted kids having very specific challenges that Gloria’s book address: Loving to learn, being creative thinkers, emotional sensitivity Finding it hard to fit in Perfectionism, camouflaging behaviours The books are for parents, grandparents and teachers and come with resources to help you use them that are linked to the Australian curriculum & early years framework The books have been published in many countries and by councillors and psychologists Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “The underlying theme of the series is of acceptance and it really is ok to be gifted.” – Gloria “It’s ok to be creative and innovative and enjoy the results of successful negotiations” - Gloria “Its ok to be curious, to have a desire to learn.” - Peter Resources Gifted Kids Zone Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 2020

20 min 16 sec

Today I’m speaking with Samantha about her gifted kids who are now all grown up. In the episode you’ll hear: Going from primary through to high school as gifted with her, now grown up, gifted kids How giftedness expresses itself differently in her three children The crippling effects of perfectionism Different challenges of each child Mental health issues and challenges of high school Wanting to drop out of school Hiding at school and not wanting to stand out Living up to expectations of themselves and others Being crippled by testing and schooling Changing direction to find their happy place The importance of finding peers to connect with Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quotes “The worst moment is when you can’t help them because they are feeling do desperate and disappointed in themselves. The perfectionism is so destructive. The depression and the anxiety that goes along with this; that’s the thing that as parents we need help with the most.” - Samantha “It was always a pleasant surprise, the things they achieved… it was lovely to be excited about what they did do.” – Samantha “You don’t have to be what people expect you {to be} I just want you to be happy.” – Samantha “Take each child as an individual and do what works for them.” - Samantha Resources Wonderful storybooks for gifted kids, including a book on perfectionism – Gifted Kid Zone Helping Gifted Students Cope with Perfectionism – Davidson Institute A Gifted Kid’s Conundrum — Part Two — Anxiety and Perfectionism – your Rainforest Mind Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 2020

46 min 22 sec

Today I’m speaking with Lynda McInnes, Principal of Dara School for gifted kids about What is Gifted? Find out what Bart and Lisa from the Simpsons can tell us about being gifted! It might not be what you think! In the episode you’ll hear: There is no single definition of giftedness Giftedness is also called highly abled Children are usually gifted in particular areas but rarely in all areas Using psychological assessment to identify strengths Asynchronous development – being age-appropriate in some areas and gifted in other areas Learning at their stage (not age) in each subject Differentiation and the challenges of teachers to cater to variance of six years in a classroom The importance of differentiating for gifted kids Gifted kids need more than differentiation in the classroom What Bart & Lisa Simpson can tell us about gifted kids About starting a school for gifted kids Gifted kids not fitting into mainstream schools Finding your tribe Gifted kids don’t have all the gifted characteristics Hit play and let’s get started! Memorable Quote “When you have a relevant curriculum that’s relevant to that child then all their issues disappear… boredom, disruptive behaviour disappears.” – Lynda “We’re falling behind internationally and …within our current context of education, it’s an inclusive education, so, all children of the same age are placed into the same classroom to do the same work then each teacher is expected to differentiate the curriculum so you can accommodate their needs…. the research shows… there are 6 years of difference in one classroom… how can a teacher do it?” – Lynda Resources Dara School for Gifted Children What is Giftedness? – National Assoc Gifted Children What is this "gifted" thing anyway? – Davidson Institute Subscribe & Review If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about your biggest takeaway in the comments. For more episodes, you can subscribe, and to help others find our podcast please leave a review. You can find show notes and more resources at www.ourgiftedkids.com See you in the same place next week. Connect Connect with me on LinkedIn Instagram & Facebook!

Oct 2020

41 min 11 sec

Welcome to Our Gifted Kids Podcast - a hub for all things gifted. This Podcast is about sharing the journey of actually parenting gifted kids and connecting with advice and support so we have everything we need for every member of our family to thrive. If you’d like to be a part of this conversation and share your experience, where ever you’re at in the journey, or maybe you’re someone who works with gifted kids and would like to share your work or services get in touch at www.ourgiftedkids.com because this is all about building community! Our Podcast can be found in all the places you find podcasts, so subscribe, review and leave me a comment!

Oct 2020

2 min 47 sec