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Gifted Support Group

Supporting a gifted child
is often challenging.

As parents and educators, it can be difficult to understand how best to meet the complex needs of gifted children. During the school year, IEA offers complimentary monthly Gifted Support Group meetings featuring  professionals who are experts on various aspects of gifted youth. These meetings provide support and community, a venue for shared discovery, and a space to exchange resources and ideas. Sharing experiences with other parents and educators who interact with gifted children has proven to be enormously helpful.

In order to assist the widest range of families, we will be livestreaming the meetings on our Facebook page, unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Meetings

The Blind Spots of Giftedness: When What We Think We Know Just Ain’t So!

Speaker: Dr. Dale Stuart, Ph.D, Sc.D

Thursday, March 12 • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049

In this presentation, Dr. Stuart will describe how our brains and emotions can lead us to illogical conclusions and counter-production behaviors, despite our high intelligence. She will explore how gifted individuals are more vulnerable to some of these blind spots when they are accustomed to being right, when they believe they view the facts objectively, and when they believe they are capable of rational problem solving all the time. When we become aware of the predictable ways our minds take shortcuts or limit our objectivity, we can make more effective decisions and act in healthier ways in relationships and life.


Hidden Challenges for Our Gifted and Twice Exceptional Students

Speaker: Cindy Z. Hansen, Educational Therapist and GATE Specialist

Tuesday, April 16 • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049

A successful learning environment combines empathy, understanding, and high expectations while adjusting the details to assure that a child grows educationally, emotionally and socially on a daily basis. To appreciate the nuanced contradictions of the gifted child who struggles to learn, we must dispel myths, build an understanding of their unique journey, and embrace their need for higher cognitive experiences. In this demonstration and discussion, participants will explore the myths of Giftedness which may delay support services for our GATE students. We will experience some of the challenges twice-exceptional (2E) students face in the classroom, and discuss some easy modifications which can make a substantial difference in students’ lives. Exploring the range of cognitive diversity in our bright children we may better support them educationally and social-emotionally.


IEA Gifted Support Group Meetings



• Learn the theory and application of a holistic approach for gifted children
• Meet, share with, and learn from educators and other parents of gifted children
• Get in-depth information on a variety of topics related to gifted youth and education


Past topics have included:

  • Giftedness Identification & IQ Testing
  • Homeschooling Parent Panel
  • Accelerated Gifted Education
  • Enhancing the Emotional Functioning of Gifted Children
  • Exploring Non-Traditional Education Options in a Standardized World
  • Gifted Resource Swap and Play Date
  • Twice-Exceptional Parent Panel
  • Emotional Freedom Therapy


To see upcoming gifted support group meeting topics and details, please visit the Upcoming Events page of our website. Questions or would like to suggest a speaker or topic? Email Niña Abonal at

Consulting for Youth & Families
Consulting with Educators
Gifted Support Group
Speaking Engagements
Join the group! For information about our next gifted support group meeting, visit our upcoming events page.

“IEA provides a wealth of information and is the best resource we’ve found for support and guidance in the gifted community.”

– IEA Parent