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Resources for Parents

Numerous resources are available today that provide information and advice about gifted education and gifted kids; it can be daunting to select only one or two. We have listed those resources which we have personally found to be useful in living and working with gifted individuals.

"Gifted friendly" service providers understand the unique challenges and issues that gifted individuals often have. These people have had training, experience, expertise and/or an appreciation for working with the gifted. (Many of them are gifted individuals themselves!) Individuals and organizations listed here have either been recommended by gifted individuals and have agreed to be listed, or have voluntarily requested to be listed here.

Gifted Friendly Service Providers


Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M. Ed

Ms. Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed.,provides organizing and consultation services for gifted adults, children and families. She offers on site step-by-step supportive coaching with emphasis on cognitive and behavioral techniques. She is a SENG Model Parent Support Group facilitator, a certified facilitator trainer, and the Northern California SENG Liaison.


Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M. Ed

Ms. Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed.,provides organizing and consultation services for gifted adults, children and families. She offers on site step-by-step supportive coaching with emphasis on cognitive and behavioral techniques. She is a SENG Model Parent Support Group facilitator, a certified facilitator trainer, and the Northern California SENG Liaison.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Davidson Young Scholars Program (DYS Program)

Davidson Young Scholars Program (DYS Program)

Sharon Duncan
(909) 802-0199

Sharon Duncan consults with parents and educators, to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children. Her services include assisting parents with school options and decisions (including homeschooling), finding enrichment opportunities and like-minded peers, as well as providing educational advocacy.  Partnering with teachers, she helps develop creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of classroom challenges common to gifted students and provides staff training about giftedness so educators can practice their craft most effectively. Sharon also works with mental health professionals to coordinate the incorporation of therapy goals into a child’s educational journey.


Sharon Duncan
(909) 802-0199

Sharon Duncan consults with parents and educators, to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children. Her services include assisting parents with school options and decisions (including homeschooling), finding enrichment opportunities and like-minded peers, as well as providing educational advocacy.  Partnering with teachers, she helps develop creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of classroom challenges common to gifted students and provides staff training about giftedness so educators can practice their craft most effectively. Sharon also works with mental health professionals to coordinate the incorporation of therapy goals into a child’s educational journey.


Sharon Duncan
(909) 802-0199

Sharon Duncan consults with parents and educators, to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children. Her services include assisting parents with school options and decisions (including homeschooling), finding enrichment opportunities and like-minded peers, as well as providing educational advocacy.  Partnering with teachers, she helps develop creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of classroom challenges common to gifted students and provides staff training about giftedness so educators can practice their craft most effectively. Sharon also works with mental health professionals to coordinate the incorporation of therapy goals into a child’s educational journey.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Cynthia Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P.
(805) 407-1742

Cynthia Z Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P specializes in the support of gifted and talented learners -ages 7 to 97-  with executive function delays, dyslexia and unique learning profiles. In addition to being a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, Ms. Hansen is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, a consultant to public and private schools, and the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the Gifted. (Tri-County GATE Council).  Ms Hansen received her Masters of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA and earned her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education at UCSB.

Speaking topics include: 

"When LaZy Doesn't Make Sense" Twice-Exceptional; Struggles of Creative Learners; Multiple Perspectives of GATE Attributes


Cynthia Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P.
(805) 407-1742

Cynthia Z Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P specializes in the support of gifted and talented learners -ages 7 to 97-  with executive function delays, dyslexia and unique learning profiles. In addition to being a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, Ms. Hansen is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, a consultant to public and private schools, and the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the Gifted. (Tri-County GATE Council).  Ms Hansen received her Masters of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA and earned her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education at UCSB.

Speaking topics include: 

"When LaZy Doesn't Make Sense" Twice-Exceptional; Struggles of Creative Learners; Multiple Perspectives of GATE Attributes


Cynthia Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P.
(805) 407-1742

Cynthia Z Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P specializes in the support of gifted and talented learners -ages 7 to 97-  with executive function delays, dyslexia and unique learning profiles. In addition to being a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, Ms. Hansen is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, a consultant to public and private schools, and the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the Gifted. (Tri-County GATE Council).  Ms Hansen received her Masters of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA and earned her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education at UCSB.

Speaking topics include: 

"When LaZy Doesn't Make Sense" Twice-Exceptional; Struggles of Creative Learners; Multiple Perspectives of GATE Attributes


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Academy-After-school and weekend enrichment classes offered year-round for gifted 2nd-8th graders Apprenticeship-Internship program for 9th-11th graders Yunasa-Summer Camp for the gifted ages 10-14 held in Michigan and Colorado.


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Academy-After-school and weekend enrichment classes offered year-round for gifted 2nd-8th graders Apprenticeship-Internship program for 9th-11th graders Yunasa-Summer Camp for the gifted ages 10-14 held in Michigan and Colorado.


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Ms. Jones, President of the Institute for Educational Advancement, has been an educator, researcher and administrator of educational programs for over 20 years. She holds a master's degree in special education from the University of Southern California and has completed doctoral work in the field of educational policy and learning theory. Ms. Jones served as the Associate Director of The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Director of the Western Region for ten years prior to assuming her current position.


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Ms. Jones, President of the Institute for Educational Advancement, has been an educator, researcher and administrator of educational programs for over 20 years. She holds a master's degree in special education from the University of Southern California and has completed doctoral work in the field of educational policy and learning theory. Ms. Jones served as the Associate Director of The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Director of the Western Region for ten years prior to assuming her current position.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.


Adriane Ransom, MA, OTR/L, SWC (Pediatric Occupational Therapist)
(310) 529-2411

Adriane is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Early Intervention, Feeding Challenges, Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children, Handwriting Difficulties, Premature Birth and Sensory Processing Disorders. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration and Practice and is Sensory Integration Certified. Adriane also holds and Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention (SWC). She is trained in DIR®/Floortime™, Therapeutic Listening®, SENG-Model Parent Groups and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI®). Adrian believes in using a holistic approach in caring for children and their families, working closely with pediatricians, speech therapists, physical therapists, teachers and other childcare professionals. Adriane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh and her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.


Adriane Ransom, MA, OTR/L, SWC (Pediatric Occupational Therapist)
(310) 529-2411

Adriane is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Early Intervention, Feeding Challenges, Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children, Handwriting Difficulties, Premature Birth and Sensory Processing Disorders. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration and Practice and is Sensory Integration Certified. Adriane also holds and Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention (SWC). She is trained in DIR®/Floortime™, Therapeutic Listening®, SENG-Model Parent Groups and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI®). Adrian believes in using a holistic approach in caring for children and their families, working closely with pediatricians, speech therapists, physical therapists, teachers and other childcare professionals. Adriane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh and her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.


Adriane Ransom, MA, OTR/L, SWC (Pediatric Occupational Therapist)
(310) 529-2411

Adriane is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Early Intervention, Feeding Challenges, Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children, Handwriting Difficulties, Premature Birth and Sensory Processing Disorders. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration and Practice and is Sensory Integration Certified. Adriane also holds and Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention (SWC). She is trained in DIR®/Floortime™, Therapeutic Listening®, SENG-Model Parent Groups and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI®). Adrian believes in using a holistic approach in caring for children and their families, working closely with pediatricians, speech therapists, physical therapists, teachers and other childcare professionals. Adriane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh and her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles

Speakers


Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M. Ed

Ms. Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed.,provides organizing and consultation services for gifted adults, children and families. She offers on site step-by-step supportive coaching with emphasis on cognitive and behavioral techniques. She is a SENG Model Parent Support Group facilitator, a certified facilitator trainer, and the Northern California SENG Liaison.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
(925) 939-7500

Special topics: Living with Intensity, Parenting intense children.


Sharon Duncan
(909) 802-0199

Sharon Duncan consults with parents and educators, to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted children. Her services include assisting parents with school options and decisions (including homeschooling), finding enrichment opportunities and like-minded peers, as well as providing educational advocacy.  Partnering with teachers, she helps develop creative and practical solutions to a wide variety of classroom challenges common to gifted students and provides staff training about giftedness so educators can practice their craft most effectively. Sharon also works with mental health professionals to coordinate the incorporation of therapy goals into a child’s educational journey.


Lisa Hancock
(310) 478-6505

Lisa Hancock conducts neuropsychological assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. She has particular expertise working with twice-exceptional children, as well as with those who are highly through profoundly gifted. Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator and trainer; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; and speaks regularly at state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is a doctoral intern at Summit Center where she provides assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults.


Cynthia Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P.
(805) 407-1742

Cynthia Z Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P specializes in the support of gifted and talented learners -ages 7 to 97-  with executive function delays, dyslexia and unique learning profiles. In addition to being a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, Ms. Hansen is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, a consultant to public and private schools, and the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the Gifted. (Tri-County GATE Council).  Ms Hansen received her Masters of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA and earned her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education at UCSB.

Speaking topics include: 

"When LaZy Doesn't Make Sense" Twice-Exceptional; Struggles of Creative Learners; Multiple Perspectives of GATE Attributes


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Academy-After-school and weekend enrichment classes offered year-round for gifted 2nd-8th graders Apprenticeship-Internship program for 9th-11th graders Yunasa-Summer Camp for the gifted ages 10-14 held in Michigan and Colorado.


Elizabeth D. Jones, M. Ed.
(626) 403-8900

Special topics: Overexcitabilities/the social and emotional needs of gifted youth.


Linda Powers Leviton, M.A. West Coast Director, Gifted Development Center
(818) 203-5987

Linda Powers Leviton is the West Coast Director the Gifted Development Center.  She specializes in assessing and counseling gifted and creative children, adults and families using Qualitative Assessments and Quantitative Assessments (such as the Woodcock Johnson IV- Tests of Achievement) to identify hidden challenges and aid in attaining accurate academic placements for gifted and twice-exceptional children (gifted as well as having an educational, social or emotional challenge). Linda was influential in the creation of the visual-spatial learning style model, and has further refined understanding of tactile-kinesthetic learners. She answers questions on www.visualspatial.org as Powertools, and her book, Peace Within, Peace Between: Your Relationship Toolkit, is a practical guide to understanding gifts and challenges, and applying them effectively to create fulfilling relationships and life. She is available for parent presentations and teacher-training on a range of topics.

Speaker Special topics: Learning Styles, Teaching the Gifted, Assessment, Qualitative Assessment, Twice Exceptionality, Parenting the Gifted, Overexcitabilities, Differentiation of Curriculum


Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N. (Clinical Psychologist)
(619) 981-9366

Carolyn Light is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Dr. Light has extensive background in intellectual and psychological assessment and treatment of gifted children. As a parent of a gifted child, Dr. Light has been passionate about educating others and serving the needs of gifted individuals for many years. Dr. Light is SENG certified and has worked as a consultant to the San Diego Unified School District in the area of assessment and twice exceptional children. She has also taught GATE Educator Certification classes and UCSD and SDSU. Dr. Light enjoys conducting presentations throughout the state to parents and professionals at various conferences and school districts.

Special Topics: Social Emotional Needs, Twice Exceptional, Parenting, ADHD, Perfectionism & Stress, Teens, Underachievement, and Testing


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.


Linda Silverman, Ph. D.
(303) 837-8378

Special topics: Visual-spatial learners; twice exceptional learners; assessment of the gifted; Dabroski’s theory; perfectionism; counseling the gifted; highly gifted children; gifted girls; gifted adults; gifted women; parenting the gifted; personality styles

Summer Programs


Davidson Young Scholars Program (DYS Program)

Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)

Academy-After-school and weekend enrichment classes offered year-round for gifted 2nd-8th graders Apprenticeship-Internship program for 9th-11th graders Yunasa-Summer Camp for the gifted ages 10-14 held in Michigan and Colorado.

Talent Searches


Davidson Young Scholars Program (DYS Program)

Schools


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality

Other


Ryan O'Donnell, M.S., BCBA - Institute of Meaningful Instruction
(775) 482-4112

Ryan graduated in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his Board Certification that same year.  Ryan has provided over 2,000 hours of instruction and oversight in a variety of areas, including: Medicaid services, DOE Training, prosocial organizational projects, and Rehabilitation and various private entities.  He's active in the field of behavior analysis with over 60 professional presentations, posters, or workshops in the past 5 years.

Special topics: Self-management, online education, perspective taking, behavioral science, data systems, technology and self-management, data analysis, systems analysis.