Summit 2019

SESSION 2: Susan Baum PhD & Robin Schader PhD | How to Identify Your 2e Child's Strengths and Interests

Talk Description, Speaker Bio, and Resources

Talk about a dream team! Moving from the traditional deficit model, Dr. Susan Baum and Dr. Robin Shader assert that the most helpful thing we can do is focus in on our 2e child’s strengths and interests, as this is the gateway to engagement, skill building, connection, and lifelong success. Rather than focusing on remediating weaknesses, they explain how to: 

  • Leverage strengths in order to build skills in other areas.
  • Get around deficits and still meet or exceed expectations.
  • Find the balance of developing talents without “dimming the light.”
  • Implement Starting with Strength Days at your school.
  • Use their Learning Print tool for strength assessments (at home or school).
  • Bring more joy to your family, growing interests and becoming more connected.

Susan BaumSusan Baum, Ph.D. directs the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Susan is widely published in the field of gifted education including her seminal book (in its 3rd edition), To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled. Her expertise in twice exceptionality earned her many awards including the Weinfield Group’s, Lifetime Achievement Award, Connecticut Association for Gifted’s Friend of the Gifted Award, and Distinguish Professional Alumni Award from the UCONN School of Education.

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Robin ShaderRobin Schader received her Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut. Her work and research focus on talent development, particularly with respect to the role of parents. Dr. Schader served as Parent Resource Specialist for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) for ten years. Robin is currently a trustee of Bridges Academy, a school for 2e students, as well as on the executive board of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development.This past year, Susan Baum and Robin Schader published the award-winning 3rd edition of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strength-Based Strategies for Helping Twice-Exceptional Students with LD, ADHD, and More.

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