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April 09th 2015:Gifted Children

Parents of gifted children often say their child’s extraordinary intellect is “not a gift.” That may sound strange because high IQ is generally presumed to confer only advantages. In reality, giftedness brings significant challenges - for the children themselves and for adults trying to understand them. Gifted children experience the world in a very intense way. Their strong emotions and unusual behaviors can perplex adults and lead to misdiagnosis. In this episode, we discuss gifted children and explain their unique characteristics and under-recognized needs.

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Laura Wingers, Psy.D., NCSP

Dr. Laura Wingers is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Beljan Psychological Services in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Wingers specializes in early childhood issues and gifted intellect. This includes understanding and managing developmental asynchrony and supporting the healthy development of self-regulation and executive function skills in children and adolescents. Dr. Wingers consults with individuals, families and schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area on meeting the needs of gifted learners. She presents on these topics for groups at the local, state, and national level. Dr. Wingers has worked with children and adults in schools, hospitals, and private practice for more than
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