ACES Gifted Teens Summer Program

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Summer Help for Your Gifted Teens’ Social Emotional Needs School’s out – hooray!  With the school year over for some, or almost over for others, you as the parent of a gifted teen may be giving a sigh of relief. Or you may be already thinking about next school year, wondering how you can find summer help for your gifted teens’ social emotional needs this summer so next year isn’t so painful for them. Gifted teens don’t have more social or emotional problems than other teens do, but they often have different ones. So finding help for them can be challenging. …

Creative Coping skills -Identifying and Honoring our Limits

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Six year old sensitive, gifted, creative Jennie wants to take yoga, karate, piano, guitar, gymnastics, robotics, and more; she melts down at the mention of there being limits of her energy, time and her parent’s money. Her parents know it will be a disaster if they sign her up for all of these activities. But if they don’t, they also know they will face many, many emotional outbursts over this. John, 46 years old and also sensitive, creative and gifted, goes to graduate school full time, works full time and is married with 3 children. He also is on the …

CASIGY Coping Tools-Steps 5, 6, 7

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Here’s More CASIGY™ Coping Tools This continues Strategy #4 in the series, “7 Strategies to Cope With the Differences of Being a Creative, Highly Sensitive or Gifted Person”. We’ve been talking about CASIGY coping tools (CASIGY™ = Creative, Acutely Aware, Super-Sensitive and/or Gifted You-s). CASIGY coping tools are ones that are suited to your creativity, sensitivity, intensity and intelligence.   In my previous blog post of this series, I introduced the Personal Power Pyramid, a collection of CASIGY coping tools. They help CASIGYs develop Emotional Resilience and build Emotional Core Strength™.   In that post, we then discussed the first 4 …

For HSP & GT Youth: Do Intense Emotions Mean I have a Mental Disorder?

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Here’s a post to share with your HSP or Gifted Kids and Teens: A high school senior recently told me,  “I think I must have some mental disorder.  I’ve been searching online since I was in middle school to find out what it is.”  As we talked, it became clear that intense emotions were the source of this big concern. “I wish I had heard this when I was in middle school” a high school senior told me a few weeks ago, at the end of a talk I gave to highly sensitive and gifted students and their parents. “It …

The Change of Seasons Inspires Personal Changes

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The Changing of Seasons Inspires Personal Changes — How CASIGYs™ Can Make Desired Changes Happen in Your Life The changing of seasons is a perfect time to make other changes in our lives. One of my mentors, Dick Huston, used to say that when the weather made significant shifts from season to season, he’d see people make changes that they had been “sitting on” for a while.  I’ve noticed the same thing—both in others, and in myself. In light of this, here I share some insights into the process of change especially for CASIGYs (Creative, Acutely Aware, Super-Sensitive, Intense and/or Gofted …

US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Colorado Student With Disabilities

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Historic US Supreme Court ruling yesterday – court rules in favor of a Douglas County, Colorado student with disabilities. Here’s how the ruling reads:  “Held: To meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer an IEP reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” According to the Denver Post, ” A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by …

Creative Coping Tools for CASIGYs

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Creative Coping Tools for CASIGYs and Skills to Use Them. This begins Strategy #4 in the series, “7 Strategies to Cope With the Differences of Being a Creative, Highly Sensitive or Gifted Person” Creative Coping Tools and skills to use them comprise Phase I of the CASIGY Cycle of Encouragement that I mentioned in my previous blog post. As a CASIGY, you may feel the need for coping tools suited to your creativity, sensitivity, intensity and intelligence. You may have tried many other coping tools for yourself or your children, only to find them ineffective or even aggravating to an …