Speakers: Ann Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Gifted Support Center & Vivien Keil, Clinical Director at the Children’s Health Council (CHC) in Palo Alto.
Tuesday, April 21st • 6:30 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101
Students who are twice-exceptional (2e) have tremendous intellectual gifts alongside a wide range of possible learning challenges — attention differences, slow processing speed, social immaturity, and/or weak executive function skills, just to name a few of the possibilities. This asynchronous development can make it extremely challenging to meet their unique needs and contribute to significant mental health conditions such as anxiety. Learn more about the profiles of 2e students, support strategies including academic and school-based interventions, why they experience anxiety, and how parents and educators can help support these exceptional youth.
About the Speaker
Vivien is a neuropsychologist who specializes in the developmental evaluation of young children and neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents. In her role at CHC, she frequently works with youth with gifted or twice-exceptional profiles. Her goal is to understand the whole child, and she strives to balance the clinical perspective with a strengths-based approach. In addition, since 2013, Dr. Keil has also worked at the Gifted Support Center in San Mateo, first as an examiner conducting cognitive assessments on children and eventually as an advisor helping to guide their assessment model. Dr. Keil has over 15 years of experience working with children and families. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and her postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Following licensure, she worked at the Neurobehavioral Clinic and Counseling Center in Orange County with a focus on conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments of children and adolescents with both psychiatric and medical diagnoses. In addition, she was the supervising psychologist in the Department of Outpatient Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where she focused on assessment and therapy with diverse and underserved populations. Dr. Keil earned her BS in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Ann founded Gifted Support Center in 2011 in direct response to the lack of services and support available for gifted children and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ann spearheaded the creation of Leave Your Sleep for Education, an interdisciplinary language arts curriculum that uses poetry and music as stimuli to learning across disciplines for PreK–8 grade students. LYSFE is a complimentary online curriculum platform for teachers. She serves as past-president for the California Association for the Gifted, on the advisory board for the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, and on a public policy committee for the Institute for Educational Advancement. Ann is passionate about finding solutions to support diverse gifted learners. She currently works in her local community, at the state level, and at national levels of advocacy to support gifted learners and their families.