ABC Ottawa Parent Discussion Group - Fall 2014
ABC Ottawa is offering another series of parent discussion groups this Fall. The groups will be facilitated by two long time ABC Ottawa members and volunteers. They have come up with a framework for the discussions, and we are sure parents will appreciate their experienced and personal perspectives on giftedness.
Three nights are planned: Wednesdays: September 24, October 22, and November 26, from 7:30 – 9 pm. The groups will meet in the Preschool Room at the McNabb Community Center 180 Percy St, Ottawa, ON K1R 6E5
September 24 – Navigating the identification of Giftedness
Subtopics: What does the term “Gifted” mean to me? Should I have my child assessed? Understanding the assessment report. How do I communicate the label to others? How do I advocate for my child’s educational needs? What do I do next?
October 22 – How does Giftedness “present” in my child(ren)?
Subtopics: What difficulties has my child encountered? Perfectionism, underachievement, intensity, sensitivity, social isolation and others. What do I say to my child about their giftedness? Social stigmas attached to gifted identification during the primary, middle and high school years.
November 26 – Gifted and relationships
Subtopics: How has giftedness affected my relationships with other? Spousal (ex-spousal) relationships, sibling relationship(s), grandparents, extended family, friends and colleagues. What difficulties have I encountered? Lack of support from parents, competitiveness among family members, generational differences in understanding "giftedness".