I am the parent of one highly gifted boy, so I know that parenting a gifted child can be like a roller coaster ride. At times it is fun and exciting; at other times it is lonely and frustrating. I remember the lonely and frustrating times, times when I had no one to talk to, no one who seemed to understand me or my child. I am forever grateful to those more experienced parents of gifted children and to the kind and thoughtful people in the Indiana Association for the Gifted. These people let me know they understood and gave me both support and advice. My goal is to provide that same understanding, support and advice for other parents of gifted children.
I have been providing advice to parents of gifted children for nearly 20 years, including work as a gifted children expert on Allexperts.com, Expert on Gifted Kids at About.com, and meeting with parents in her local parent support group. I am currently working on fiction books about language, with accompanying workbooks.
I was a board member of the Indiana Association for the Gifted for 13 years, from 1999 to 2012. I helped with their yearly conference and after creating their first Web site, was the web administrator for the site (www.iag-online.org) for eight years. I was also the co-founder and president of a local parent support group, which sought to help parents learn about and advocate for their gifted children. Along with another member of my local parent group, I started a Saturday enrichment program for gifted children in the area. You can read more about how I got started by reading “The Story of My Commitment to Gifted Children.”
I have a BA degree in psychology and an ABD in linguistics, with a focus on verbally gifted children. My unpublished dissertation, Nurturing the Linguistic Abilities of Verbally Gifted Children, is available here for anyone to read.