Signature Series Live Webinars
Live & Recorded Webinars
Gifted & Thriving's Signature Series Live Webinars with Dr. Mike and special guest experts share information on relevant and timely topics that the gifted/2e community needs most to understand, learn more about and support the holistic needs of the gifted/2e individual.
Explore our current library of already completed webinars, which are available for purchase and include the webinar recording and materials for you to keep! All sessions are over an hour long with additional audience Q&A at the end.
Gifted and Thriving's Signature Series Live Webinars
Insight Into a Bright Mind: The Latest Neuroscience of Giftedness with Guest Dr. Nicole Tetreault
Leading expert in the latest gifted/2e brain research, Dr. Nicole Tetreault, neuroscientist, author, speaker and teacher joins Dr. Mike Postma to discuss the groundbreaking research examining the minds of the most highly intelligent, creative and intense brains, and explores new directions for the neurodiverse experiences of humans. You will learn how your brain is as unique as your fingerprint, and how your experience is elevated because you are simply "hard-wired" differently. You will also learn the neuroscience behind intelligent, sensitive and highly creative brains and how to advocate for new directions of human diversity and neurodiversity. Be liberated to embrace your essence with greater self-compassion and awareness, and unlock your unconventional mind!
Anxiety and 2e Children/Teens/Young Adults Webinar with Guest Dr. Sharon Saline
Living in an uncertain world, today’s children are more anxious than ever. In fact, 1 of every 5 male high-schooler struggles with chronic anxiety. Within the Gifted/2e population that number is higher. In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Saline and Dr. Mike Postma explore how anxiety affects 2E students and what parents and professionals can do to help reduce their worries and nurture growth mindsets. After reviewing the biology, psychology and common sources of anxiety, they will show you how to help 2E children and teens change their relationship to worry, realistically evaluate situations and tolerate unpredictability. You’ll learn practical, useful tools to promote self-soothing and calming down, diminish negative thoughts and inner critics and build lasting strategies for bouncing back and resilience.
Processing Speed and the Gifted/Twice-Exceptional (2e) Child: Educational Impacts
Processing Speed has always been an issue for some gifted and many twice-exceptional students. It is not that they cannot process information. It is how they process information in different ways that can make them appear slow. As such, the daily requirements of school can be quite challenging for these students. Assignments, tests, homework and due dates call all have a profound impact on how the child 'achieves' in the school setting. However with simple accommodations, these students can thrive and reach their amazing potential. This webinar will examine the atypical neuro-development of the gifted/2e brain, its impact on processing speed and present strategies on how to accommodate these students.
Finding the Appropriate Psychologist for Your 2e Child with Special Guest Dr. Dan Peters
Dr. Mike Postma, along with special guest gifted/2e family clinical psychologist, Dr. Dan Peters discuss the special intricacies of the 2e children's development and what a parent needs to be cognizant of when choosing a psychologist, whether it be for intellectual assessment or helping to support their child's developmental needs and/or challenges. Dr. Dan and Dr. Mike explain in detail and will help you understand the different type of assessments used for gifted/2e identification, and discuss the value of discrepancy data and how to interpret and understand the assessment results so parents and educators can better support their 2e child in the classroom, at home and in the community. Share practical and helpful strategies on what a parent and/or teacher can do to help their child to understand themselves and how they fit in to the world so they can thrive and achieve their amazing potential!
The Twice-Exceptional Brain Webinar with Special Guest Dr. Matt Zakreski
This webinar will examine the atypical neuro development of the twice-exceptional (2e) child and how it affects them within different situational contexts (i.e. school, relationships, communications, home, work, etc.), and share strategies on how to better understand and serve these children at home and in the classroom. Dr. Mike Postma is joined with special guest Dr. Matt Zakreski as they share the latest neuroscience developments on the gifted/2e brain and how it impacts their development and growth. They explain what asynchrony development means for the gifted/2e child and how it affects their education and learning as well as their social/emotional maturity. Dr. Mike and Dr. Matt share many practical and helpful strategies on what a parent and/or teacher can do to help their child to understand themselves, and how they fit in to the world so they can thrive and achieve their amazing potential.
Medication and the 2e Child: What Should I Know? Webinar with Dr. Mike Postma and Dr. Steven Curtis
Many neurodiverse children and adults struggle to understand the impacts of how medication impacts themselves and/or their children. In this webinar, Dr. Steven Curtis will address the issues surrounding such questions as: When is the right time to consider medication? What types of medication are recommended, and for which disorder? What are the immediate implications? Are there long term effects? What are the benefits? These questions and others will be addressed in this presentation.
New Learning Strategies for The Gifted/2e Student with Guests Dr. Bill and Dr. Linda Collins
Due to the pandemic and our "New Normal", and the need to move schools to an online/at home learning program, schooling has become a hybrid of sporadic class attendance, online learning platforms, and a large movement to homeschooling. In essence, the connectivity between students, friends, and teachers, has been lost; replaced by a hodgepodge of instructional strategies that seem to emphasize a 'back to the basics' approach leaving gifted and twice-exceptional students frustrated, stressed, and quite frankly, bored. In addition, their parents are stressed as they try to balance their work schedules while keeping their children engaged in instruction. The social/emotional impact on both parties has been tough. Join special guest, gifted/2e educational experts Dr. Linda Collins, Dr. Bill Collins, Dr. Melanie Hayes, and Dr. Michael Postma as we discuss this new challenge, specifically how it is affecting the gifted/2e children and families, and offer practical solutions that will alleviate the stress and make 'learning in the new normal' more productive, engaging and effective for these students, families and teachers. You will learn: 1. The sources of social/emotional angst for students, parents, and teachers 2. Some solutions in working with gifted/2e children in the new normal 3. Some solutions for parents supervising children both online and at school 4. A few suggestions to ease the stress on educators teaching gifted/2e children both online and in-person. 5. A comprehensive solution: What one school for 2e children is doing. A profile of Big Minds School with Dr. Melanie Hayes
A Parent's Toolbox: Navigating the School System to Advocate for your Gifted/2e Child Webinar
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) was passed in 2004 with the intent to assist lower performing children to 'raise' their performance levels. There were multiple issues with this legislation but the most obvious was the failure to address gifted and/or 2e children that also struggled in school settings with average or inconsistent performances. If identified, these students were subject to a 'deficit' based approach to remediation that only served to frustrate and, on occasion, morph into behavioral issues. Now, sixteen years later, the issues have compounded leaving parents of twice-exceptional children frustrated, confused, and desperate for solutions. This double session is designed to address this ongoing issue with advice on how to properly advocate for your twice-exceptional student within the school setting. In this Two Part Series, Dr. Mike Postma is joined with special guests and experts Bobbi Gilman and Gifted Educator, Kathi Kearney where you will learn: * What is IDEA and its far reaching implications * How to advocate for an IEP or 504 plans that serve to assist your child * What are the proper identification tools and models that need to be incorporated for real understanding of 2e * Appropriate strategies for educational and therapeutic accommodations * Proper advocacy skills. * Why 2e kids tend to struggle in school
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Executive Functioning and Your Neurodiverse Child Webinar with Dr. Mike Postma and Seth Perler
The root cause of executive functioning deficits in your child can be found in asynchronous development. Intense sensory development accompanied by intense limbic growth can inhibit social and emotional regulation which in turn affects the proper growth of executive functioning, skills like time management, planning, concentration, resilience and more. These skills need to be deliberately taught to neurodiverse students alongside academic pursuits. In this live webinar, Dr. Mike is joined by Executive Functioning expert and coach, Seth Perler as they will address the root causes of executive functioning deficiets and provide strategies to improve those same skills.
"I just want you to know how valuable the information is from all of your relevant and important topics you cover. It is has been so helpful to all of us in our family - Thank you!"
"I wasn't able to attend the Processing Speed Webinar live, but ordered the session and listened to it when I had time over the weekend. All I can say is - Wow! - I had never heard any of this info before, and it really helped me to understand my 2e son. I have listened to it over again, and learn something different every time. Thank you so much, Dr. Mike!"
"I have so much respect and admiration for Dr. Postma. He is my number one resource for anything 2e. Great information - thanks for this webinar."