Day 4: MANAGING SOCIAL CHALLENGES & BUILDING COMMUNITY
Thursday, January 31, 2019. Begins at 10 am ET/7 am PT
SESSION 1: Michelle Garcia Winner SLP | The 'How' of Making and Keeping Friends
Dr. Garcia Winner dives into her Social Thinking system and how to apply it specifically to our 2e kids. She teaches us how to lovingly coach our kids to socially attend, interpret, problem solve, and respond and engage with peers and social groups. She tackles the complexity of tech use and managing our 2e kids’ digital lives with intention and balance. She teaches us how to encourage our child’s innate “inner coach” and support the development of a positive, solution oriented mindset. Her strategies for teaching our kids how to navigate and problem solve social challenges and then engage in meaningful ways is uplifting and hopeful, even for the most shy and introverted 2e kids.
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP,is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking, an organization dedicated to teaching social competencies through clinical work, international trainings, award-winning publications and the development of unique treatment strategies. She is a creative therapist, renowned speaker, and prolific author known for her ability to break down and organize abstract social concepts and teach them in concrete ways. Michelle’s work guides professionals and family members around the world on improving social competencies in individuals for greater success in life—socially, academically, and vocationally.She was featured as the therapist in the 2016 Sundance Documentary, Life Animated, and was honored with a Congressional Recognition Award in 2008.
- You Are a Social Detective
- Thinking About You, Thinking About Me
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SESSION 2: Temple Grandin PhD | How to Stretch and Prepare Bright & Quirky Kids for the Future
Temple shares both her personal and professional strategies for stretching our differently wired kids in order to broaden and build on interests, translating them into necessary life and career skills. She explains how to tackle resistance and fear based rigidity, giving 2e kids a sense of control through choice, playing on interests, and reframing even the most mundane or scary tasks to make them more approachable. She talks about the critical “loving push” that our bright and quirky kids need to build confidence and skills that will translate into a career, while naturally attracting like minded friends and coworkers.
Mary Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism. She invented the "hug box" device to calm those on the autism spectrum. In the 2010 Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, she was named in the "Heroes" category. She was the subject of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning semi-biographical film Temple Grandin.
- Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor
- The Autistic Brain
- Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism
- The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's: 32 New Subject Revised & Expanded, 4th Edition
- Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism: New Edition with Author Updates
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SESSION 3: Mike Cantlon | How To Build a Place of Belonging for Bright & Quirky Kids
Want to know the secret of creating a culture of acceptance and psychological safety for any size group of 2e persons? Take advice from Mike Cantlon who created the residential camp Satori for gifted kids that was founded over 35 years ago and still thrives every summer on a college campus in Washington State. Whether it's a classroom, interest group, or even your own family, learn from Mike what the most important ingredients are for creating a caring and accepting environment where members feel a deep sense of belonging, valued as unique and complex individuals. This is the basis for the culture we are creating in Bright & Quirky's own IdeaLab!
Mike Cantlon has dedicated his career to improving the learning environment of gifted and talented students and to helping people better understand the unique needs of highly capable children. He developed and implemented programs for gifted students in Washington State. He created a residential summer camp for gifted students grades 6-12 called Satori, hosted at Eastern Washington University. In Spokane Public Schools, Cantlon was instrumental in the identification of highly capable students. He has been an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University. He has presented at many institutes and symposiums for local colleges and school districts, as well as internationally, helping educators develop and better understand the importance of higher level questioning strategies when teaching gifted students.
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SESSION 4: Scott Barry Kaufman PhD | Exploring Your Bright, Uniquely Wired Child's Gifts
Dr. Kaufman offers a refreshing reframe of what intelligence truly looks like and how it relates to quirkiness. He shares his thoughts on diagnoses and how we can best frame and use them towards reaching full potential. He shares key insights into building confidence in our 2e kids, from finding their niche to contributing to the world in authentic ways. He speaks about “flow state” as the interconnection of grit, interest, and energy, and how we can encourage our 2e child’s engagement in these ways. He speaks about the power of our admiration, and parts with wisdom for parents that leaves us feeling both motivated and validated.
Scott Barry Kaufman is a psychologist at Barnard College, Columbia University who is interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Kaufman has over 60 scientific publications on intelligence, creativity, personality, and well-being. In addition to writing the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American, he also hosts The Psychology Podcast, which was named by Business Insider a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior.” Kaufman is author and/or editor of 8 books, including Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties, Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire), Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice. Kaufman received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
- Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind
- Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
- Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties
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