Parenting Twice-Exceptional Children

Megan Foley Nicpon, PhD

Megan Foley Nicpon, PhD

On Monday, February 18, Center for Talent Development is hosting a free seminar titled “Parenting Your Twice-Exceptional Child: Developing Talent and Accommodating Needs.” Our guest presenter, Dr. Megan Foley Nicpon, will talk about best practices for addressing the needs of twice-exceptional students, which includes identifying and developing talent domains.  Megan Foley Nicpon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Iowa and a licensed psychologist and researcher at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

Dr. Foley Nicpon is an expert in the field and has authored a variety of articles on supporting gifted students with co-existing disabilities. Check out a recent article she wrote for the 2e Newsletter in which she discusses common characteristics of gifted children who experience anxiety, including rigid thinking patterns, control issues, a strong need for social justice and perfectionism.

Suggested interventions, include:

1.  Identify “shades of gray.”

2.  Focus on the process instead of the outcome.

3.  Take a logical approach.

4.  Identify what can be controlled.

5.  Take small steps.

6.  Teach positive thinking patterns.

7.  Model being vulnerable.

8.  Use their intelligence.

9.  Discuss motivators.

10.  Work on patience.

We encourage you to join the conversation by sharing your comments and questions here and hope you will join us for the seminar:

Parenting Your Twice-Exceptional Child: Developing Talent and Accommodating Needs

Presenter: Megan Foley Nicpon, PhD

Date & Time:  February 18, 2013 • 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:  Northwestern University Evanston Campus

Technological Institute, Room LR5

2145 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60208

For more information about the seminar, visit www.ctd.northwestern.edu/outreach/parentseminar.

Megan Foley Nicpon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Iowa and a licensed psychologist and researcher at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

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