2019 Hormel Symposium Parent Day: Balancing the Intensity of Giftedness


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Austin High School

Presented by: Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D.

Director Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University

Session follows 4 Words that Changed My Life: How a Teacher of Science and Gifted Became a Policy Leader keynote presentation by Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D., President, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, Georgia 8:30–10:00 AM in Knowlton Auditorium (see schedule for more information)

Gifted children are often intense. Their intensity can manifest itself in many different ways. Some children throw themselves into everything at a full tilt, rushing toward an invisible and unreachable finish line. These children have little time for sleep, relaxation, family, or friends. Other children are hyper-focused, interested in pursuing narrowly defined fields of study, disregarding other areas of study at the expense of their school performance. These varied drives are often accompanied with anxiety, perfectionism, and high emotions. We will explore the intensities of gifted children in this interactive workshop with particular attention to helping children work through feelings of anxiety and worry. We will discuss ways to help children find balance and to value their personal characteristics rather than base their worth on grades and academic achievement. Leave this workshop with tools to teach your children and to use yourself, as together you positively navigate life’s complicated pathways.

Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D., directs The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University, a state-wide residential high school for gifted students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She has served the needs of gifted and talented students in public schools as a teacher, gifted and talented facilitator, and central office administrator. She is active in several state and national advocacy organizations and currently serves as board president of The Association for the Gifted. Most importantly, she is a hockey-mom who travels hither and yon to cheer on her 11 year-old son and a supportive wife to her husband who teaches elementary students at a high-needs campus.

$50.00 registration fee includes breakfast, morning beverages, lunch and materials.           

More details and registration atHormel Foundation

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