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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.

Click here to view the printable schedule. 

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

Upcoming Meetings

Giftedness Identification & Programming

Speaker: Dr. Dave Palmer, Ph.D

Tuesday, January 14th • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

During this presentation, Dr. Palmer will offer an overview of IQ testing and giftedness identification, discuss traits of gifted children, including the potential “flipside “of giftedness, and present an overview of programs and strategies parents can use to help nurture their children’s abilities.

About the Speaker

Dr. Palmer is Licensed Educational Psychologist, award winning researcher, university lecturer, and author of the book, Parents’ Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education. Dr. Palmer specializes in assessment and program referrals for gifted and Twice Exceptional (2E students). His office is in Laguna Beach, California.

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Developmental Potential and Emotional Giftedness

Speaker: Michael M. Piechowski, Ph. D

Thursday, January 30th • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

What is developmental potential besides intelligence and outstanding abilities? Everything that has to do with emotional development: parents, overexcitabilities, executive function, chance and luck. Emotional giftedness represents a particular type of developmental potential.

About the Speaker

Michael M. Piechowski, Ph. D, is the author of “Mellow Out, They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright and Living with Intensity” (with S. Daniels). Earning a Ph. D first in Molecular Biology and later in Counseling Psychology, he served as a faculty member at three universities and one small college. He has published extensively in the areas of emotional development, developmental potential of the gifted, and emotional and spiritual giftedness. He is one of the original designers of Yunasa. In 2016, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by SENG and the NAGC Global Awareness Network Annemarie Roeper Award. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Click here to visit our Youtube page to view recordings of past Gifted Support Groups. 

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 Amber McClarin 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