Saturday November 16, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Brightwater Center
(just north of Woodinville Costco)
22505 State Route 9 SE
Woodinville, WA 98072

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Austina Headshot Photo Austina De Bonte is the current President of NW Gifted Child Association, and lives in Woodinville. She has had a passion for understanding gifted ever since her oldest daughter neared kindergarten six years ago, when she helped to inaugurate the Northshore School District’s Highly Capable Programs Advisory Board. Austina has spent countless evenings tracking down books, reading research, scouring websites, actively listening to three “gifted” discussion lists, and has attended numerous conferences, including NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children), WAETAG (Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted), Connections (NW Gifted Child Association), and SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted). Through this, she has developed a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of the current research around gifted kids, and she has found great insights in it for better understanding and parenting her own kids, and loves to share this with others.


Austina De Bonte, President

Northwest Gifted Child Association

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

Many parents are surprised to learn that their bright child’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, many perplexing behaviors are common in this population.  Learn what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why HiCap school programs are optimal for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents.

The workshop format provides time to dig into deeper content, participate in thought-provoking activities, and engage in guided discussion with other parents of highly intelligent kids. The goal is to give you research-based perspectives, new tools for your toolbox, and support to help you develop a plan for parenting your unique child with intentionality.

Registration costs $35 ($5 for a second family member)

"This presentation was a true eye opener, it has helped me to better understand not only my child, but myself, and has greatly changed my perspective on a lot of things. It has also pointed me in a new direction of parenting books and resources - instead of trying to find answers in "regular" parenting books, I have started looking at information that focuses on gifted children, and feel like it's more relevant to what I am looking for. Thank you for the great presentation, and I look forward to attending more talks like this in the future!"

"I was amazed at how many things applied to my daughter.  She
definitely has a psychomotor overexcitability.  Didn't know there was a
name for that....I previously thought she was just trying to annoy
the bejeezus out of me!  Knowing that has really improved our
interaction in a period of just a few days - amazing!"

"I learned so much - despite the reading I'd already done on giftedness.
It's already helped smooth over some "over excitabilities"
in our house (though not all of course!)"

Topics Covered:

  • The Bell Curve
  • Assessment & Identification
  • Asynchrony
  • Twice Exceptionality
  • Executive Function
  • Neuroscience of Intelligence
  • Emotional Characteristics
  • Intensity, Sensitivity & Perfectionism
  • Overexcitabilities
  • Anxiety
  • Coping with Extreme Emotions
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Food Issues
  • Social Justice
  • Existential Angst
  • Introverts, Extroverts, Conformists & Independents
  • Social Maturity & Social Mismatch
  • School Fit: Level, Pace, Peers
  • Preventing Underachievement
  • Coaching for Persistence & Grit
  • Program Models
  • Learning Styles: Visual Spatial
  • 7 Continuums of Cognitive Diversity
  • Recommended Books, Articles & Resources
PLUS specific activities & discussion throughout to help you build your personalized parenting plan