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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 out of sync with those of 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 families 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.

Spring 2019 Parent Group

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth offers groups for parents to engage and learn more about how to support and nurture their exceptional children. The spring 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 spring session Saturdays include February 2, February 9, February 23, and March 2 from 9:00AM to 11:45AM. Space is limited, so register early!

The 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.

Download the Spring 2019 Parent Group Registration Form