Parent Enrichment

2020 Speaker Series

The Parent Enrichment Series offers presenters and discussion topics to provide parents with resources, contacts, and insights into life with gifted children.

January 11, 2020 – 9:45-11:15 a.m. & 12:45-2:15 p.m.
  • Coffee and Parent Orientation
    • Welcome to Fall Term Orientation & Group Discussion including website tour, spirit wear, and volunteer opportunities. Come to explore opportunities to put your special talents to use for The Super Saturday Program!
 
January 18, 20209:45-11:15 a.m. & 12:45-2:15 p.m.
  • Summer Camp Session
    • Keeping your gifted child occupied, engaged and challenged (in the right ways) for summer can be a daunting task.  Make this task simpler by hearing what programs exist and have been well received by other Super Saturday families.   Help others by brining your positive experiences to this interactive session.
 
January 25, 20209:45-11:15 a.m. & 12:45-2:15 p.m.
  • Anne Flick 
    • The Value of Spatial Intelligence and How to Nurture It with Toddlers to Teens (9:45-11:15 a.m.) Recent research from within and beyond the field of gifted education shows spatial reasoning outranks both verbal and mathematical scores as a predictor of success in STEM fields.  Spatial skills also are vital in many artistic careers.  Despite data showing spatial reasoning can be learned, schools rarely teach these strategies.  Come for an informal exploration of not only the research results but also how parents can develop spatial skills in their children.  We’ll even try out a few fun activities.

    • College Credit Plus: How to Participate and How to Know It’s Right for You (12:45-2:15 p.m.) Ohio’s program of free and low-cost college courses for qualified grades 7-12 students can be a godsend for gifted learners, but students and parents should be aware of the cautions and ramifications of participation.  Come learn the multiple steps and deadlines to enroll and the differences in the process for public-, private-, and home-schooled students.

Bio:

Anne Flick, M.Ed., is a gifted instructional specialist and educational consultant who has presented at both gifted and content-area national and state conferences.  Among the various topics she speaks and writes about are college credit plus, credit flexibility, acceleration, differentiation, continuum of gifted services, college planning and application, and the social and emotional needs of gifted students.  Working at the state and local level, her volunteer efforts involve advocacy on behalf of gifted children, including testimony to legislators and state agency administrators as well as consultation to educators at all levels.  She also presents regularly to parent groups in between teaching accelerated reading and math to middle school students.

 
February 1, 20209:45-11:15 a.m. & 12:45-2:15 p.m.
  • Dr. Suzanne James, Psy.D
    • Executive Function Difficulties in the Gifted Population. Gifted student’s potential can be hindered by difficulties in ‘getting things done’ and other executive functions.  Executive function difficulties can be further complicated by motivation struggles (both perfectionist to apathetic), overexcitability, ADHD and other conditions.  Dr. James will give expert understanding of these issues and what parents can do to aid their child manage these challenges.

      Bio:

      Dr. Suzanne James is a Licensed Psychologist providing clinical services in the Greater Cincinnati area. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology in 2000 from University of Louisville and Doctorate in Psychology from Spalding University in 2004.  She has been in private practice since 2000. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Kentucky Psychological Association, and the Ohio Psychological Association and is licensed to practice in Ohio and Kentucky.  She continues to train and research new ways to help her clients to reach their potential.

      Dr. James specializes in working with children, adolescents and families.  She believes that while there are commonalities among individuals, she understands that each person is unique and can only be understood fully if temperament, genetics, life experiences, and current situations are taken into account.  Her therapy is based on psychodynamic and attachment theory, while utilizing cognitive-behavioral techniques when necessary. She also speaks locally and nationally on a number of different topics.

      Please see http://drsmjames.com/index.htm for more information about Dr. James’ practice.

 
February 15, 20209:45-11:15 a.m. & 12:45-2:15 p.m.
  • Sarah McKay, Kilgour Gifted Intervention Specialist and Certified SENG Facilitator
    • Sarah will introduce the SENG organization: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. This non-profit organization has been around since 1981 and has many practical resources for gifted and twice exceptional people and their parents.  One of the key resources of SENG is their Model Parent Groups (SMPGs). Sarah has recently gotten her facilitator’s certificate to bring this program to Cincinnati.  This program works with many issues that are concerning to Super Saturday parents such as perfectionism, anxiety and stress in their child, the isolation being a parent of a gifted child.

       

      Bio:

      Sarah McKay, M.Ed., is a gifted intervention specialist in Cincinnati Public Schools. Throughout her 17 year career in education, Sarah has served as a high school intervention specialist, an elementary and middle school math teacher and currently is a gifted intervention specialist. Serving in a neighborhood Cincinnati Public elementary school with more than 46.1% of students testing gifted in one or more areas, Sarah is well aware of the challenges and needs of gifted learners. Sarah believes in educating the whole child and the importance of social and emotional learning. Sarah’s dedication to sharing her findings and knowledge to help parents navigate their gifted child’s educational path is her passion. She does this by co-leading parent support groups, working on advocacy and education on behalf of gifted children with a focus on the importance of social and emotional learning and how it impacts gifted children.

 

February 22, 20209:45-11:15 a.m. & 12:45-2:15 p.m.

  • Book Swap & End of Term Presentations in classes
    • Clear your shelves of outgrown books (children’s, teen, adult fiction and non-fiction, parenting resource books, puzzles too!) and bring them to the Parent Room. Drop off your old books and find some books to keep you busy through the winter.  Any unclaimed books are donated. Come for coffee, join the swap and still have time to enjoy your student’s end of the session presentation.