Cindy is a nationally recognized speaker sharing insights about the challenges of high ability learners and those who have multiple exceptionalities (gifted and learning or attention difficulties). In Southern California, Cindy offers SENG Model Parent Groups, and is available for parent workshops and continuing education workshops.
A sampling of workshops are listed below. However, Cindy will tailor her presentations to the objectives of the requesting group.
For Parents and Educators
When LaZy Doesn’t Make Sense: How Executive Functions Impact our Brightest Children
Difficulty starting a task; staying focused on school tasks; and great ideas without follow-through; are symptoms of executive functioning difficulties. Often bright students are labeled “lazy” and begin to doubt their abilities when their production and motivation lag. This presentation integrates theories from noted professionals in the special education and gifted communities, and describes how executive function delays may manifest in our brightest students, the implications of current research, and ways to support, the whole child.
Embracing the Gift of Intensity
The term “gifted” seems to imply that folks with high talents feel blessed to have them. But this is not always true. The highly gifted artist is often too keenly aware of the emotions of other people and the colors that these emotions convey; those who are sensitive to touch or smell may have difficulty wearing clothes or eating many foods; others are often overwhelmed by the suffering that they cannot control; while highly imaginative persons may find themselves lost in a crowd of others who think in profoundly different ways. This workshop describes how the theory of “Over Excitabilities” put forth by Kazimierz Dabrowski, impacts our high ability learners. Strategies will be offered to help parents and educators guide children to understand and embrace their neurodiversity.
Seeing My Time® Workshops
Does your child have difficulty starting a task, staying focused on school tasks, or loses their homework between their desk and their backpack?! Are you ready to find solutions? Seeing My Time® is a workshop series designed for children and parents to learn how to visually take charge of Time and Tasks in order to lower stress levels, meet deadlines and to become better organized. This series is powerful because the whole family collaborates to strengthen their individual skills and to support each other’s growth.
Professional Development Workshops
Transforming Persistence, Resilience, & Motivation with Mathematics
For many of our gifted students, math is the gateway to recognition and identification. When increased complexity reveals a child’s narrow threshold between “too easy” and “too difficult,” a level of frustration builds, often impeding the child’s progress in math. This workshop uses mathematics as a catalyst to influence students’ self perception, persistence, resilience and motivation, providing specific tools to help students transform their academic skills across the curriculum.
When LaZy Doesn’t Make Sense: Adjusting our viewpoint and Strategies to meet the needs of our Brightest Students
For educators who understand the basics of executive skill dysfunction, this workshop focuses on the viewpoint of a gifted or highly creative child and the divergent thinking styles that impact their thinking processes and their executive skills. Though their production results may be similar to other students with LDs or executive skill dysfunction, personal and public expectations and asynchronous development often add to their challenges and may confuse our attempts to support them. The road to intervention requires alternate perspectives of their journey and their barriers to self advocacy.
LaZy? Executive Dysfunction or Asynchronous Development
Asynchronous Development affects not only academic interests and abilities but also a child’s innate ability to learn. Flexibility, time management, and production difficulties may be mislabeled as intentional deviations or AD/HD. Yet these are normal domains of executive function development. Many students struggle due to poor executive skills as production demands increase throughout their school years. In this presentation, we will discuss executive functions and how asynchronous skills development affects our gifted students.