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Parent Support Groups

Raising gifted children can be exciting, rewarding, … and overwhelming. Their social and emotional needs and cognitive timetables are often wildly out of synch with their peers. It can be difficult to find other parents who understand the particular joys and frustrations posed by these developmental differences.

Parent-girlsParent support groups offer parents the opportunity to connect with other parents of gifted children and learn about the following topics:

  • Identification
  • Motivation
  • Teaching Self-Management
  • Intensity and Perfectionism
  • Depression
  • Communication of Feelings
  • Peer Relationships
  • Family Relationships
  • Establishing Discipline

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth offers support group opportunities throughout the year. The meetings are held on  Vanderbilt’s campus.  The groups are facilitated by experienced counselors and psychologists with extensive training and knowledge of the needs of gifted children.

Fall 2015 Parent Group

The fall session of our parent group meets for four Saturdays on Vanderbilt’s Peabody campus. The cost for participation is $50 for one parent/guardian and $25 for each for each additional parent/guardian. The fall session Saturdays include September 26, October 10, October 17, and October 24 from 9:15AM to 11:30AM. Space is limited, so apply early!

The fall parent group sessions will be facilitated by Deb Finch, M.Ed. Ms. Finch is a professional school counselor and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt and Belmont. Parenting Gifted Children, edited by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), will be used as a supportive reference during this session. The book is included with the registration fee.

In addition to the four Saturdays included in registration, parent group participants are provided the opportunity to attend two additional, complimentary SAVY Chats on October 3 and October 31 from 9:15AM to 11:00AM. Please see the registration form for more information.

Fall 2015 Parent Group Registration Form