Saturday November 12, 2016
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Jemtegaard Middle School
35300 SE Evergreen Hwy
Washougal, WA 98671

35 minutes from Portland, OR
2 hours south of Olympia, WA

Past attendees say…

"This presentation was a true eye opener"

"greatly changed my perspective"

"amazed at how many things applied to my daughter"

"I learned so much - despite the reading I'd already done”



Austina De Bonte, President

Northwest Gifted Child Association

Half-Day Workshop: What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Smart Kids 

Many people are surprised to learn that their bright children’s unique “quirks” are actually well-studied social & emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. Whether it’s refusing to wear shirts with buttons or tags, overreacting to the slightest criticism, gravitating to play with older children, anxiety about trying something new, or preferring a book to a playdate, these and many other perplexing behaviors are common in this population. Learn the latest neuroscience and research about what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why genuine challenge is vitally important for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents, from the preschool and elementary years through high school and beyond.

Topics include:

  • The IQ bell curve, asynchrony, family inheritance, the inside scoop on testing
  • Twice exceptional (2e) including spotlights on stealth dyslexia, vision processing, and central auditory processing disorders
  • Emotional characteristics, including sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism
  • Over-excitabilities (OE)
  • Executive function delays
  • Social development timeline and typical social development challenges
  • School program choices and placement considerations
  • Developing grit & growth mindset, underachievement

The workshop format provides time to dig into deeper content and engage in guided discussion with other parents and educators. The goal of this workshop is to give you research-based perspectives and new tools for your toolbox, whether you are a parent or an educator.

$40 adult registration ($10 for a second family member).
Advance registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited.

Presented by

Austina Headshot Photo Austina De Bonte is the current President of the Northwest Gifted Child Association (, the Washington State support and advocacy organization for families with gifted children. Founded in 1963, NWGCA is the oldest gifted organization in Washington State. A dynamic and engaging presenter, Austina is frequently invited to present at school districts and communities across WA State, providing both parent education as well as professional development for educators. She is a regular presenter at WAETAG, and was invited last year to speak to truancy officers at King County Juvenile Court. She will also be presenting at the OATAG conference in Oregon and at the NAGC national convention in Orlando, Florida. Austina is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator. Contact Austina at