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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


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


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

Speakers


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


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

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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