“Communication is the key to relationships.” ~ James T. Webb.
Communication happens on many levels every minute of every day. Silence is as much a message as talking at top volume. Body language has an enormous impact on the meaning of our words. Technology both simplifies and complicates communication– we can communicate faster, but sometimes meaning is lost without physical or vocal inflections.
For gifted kids, communication is further confounded by asynchrony– the state of being at many stages and levels of development all within one person. Gifted kids may find conversation with age peers to be less comfortable than with adults, but at the same time struggle with the communication skills necessary for effective self-advocacy. Asynchrony may also increase a young person’s susceptibility to anxiety, which is another barrier to positive communication.
Our three-part workshop addresses these concepts and concerns, and gives young people and their families tools to identify and develop their own healthy communication strategies and styles. Each week will include an overview, a self-assessment, a library of ideas, and guidance to develop take-home strategies for immediate implementation.
- March 6th, 2019 — Communication styles
- March 13rd, 2019 — Self-advocacy
- March 20th, 2019 — Self-talk and nonverbal communication
Presenter, Carol Malueg, M.A., GCT, 2e
Carol Malueg is the mother of 2 gifted daughters, a professional in the field of gifted education, and an active member of several state and national organizations that support gifted kids and their families. Carol is a Master Facilitator and Trainer for Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG). She has worked on three Javits Grant projects focused on improving identification of and services for gifted at-risk students. Carol is co-founder of absentmindedlearner.com, works with Mr. Gelston’s One Room Schoolhouse as a Learning Coach, and is an Independent Educational Consultant in gifted and twice-exceptional education. Carol serves as Past-President of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented.