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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

Co-regulation, Mentalization, and Other Tools for Helping Gifted Children with Emotional Regulation

Speaker: Dr. Vula Baliotis, Ph.D

Tuesday, November 19th • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

Children are not just the sum of their external behaviors. They have a rich internal life that needs to be valued and understood. Gifted children tend to be particularly emotionally intense, perceptive, and sensitive, so they especially need help learning how to understand their internal experiences and to regulate the behaviors that stem from these experiences. Parents play a big role in gifted children’s ability to emotionally regulate—through emotionally attuning to and reflecting back to them that their internal experiences are both understandable and understood. This talk will discuss common internal experiences of children who are gifted, as well as how parents can help enhance their children’s emotional functioning.

About the Speaker

Dr. Vula Baliotis is a licensed psychologist whose interest and training are in doing deep, life-changing therapeutic work. She believes that individuals are rich and complex in nature, not easily reduced to a constellation of symptoms. Her professional and personal experiences have led her to focus on working with gifted, creative, and highly sensitive individuals; women (including those who are childless by circumstance); adoption; and individuals who are struggling to understand and come to terms with their identity. Among her specialized training, certifications, and continuing education, she’s certified to work with gifted individuals through SENG and certified for reflective parenting training through the Center for Reflective Parenting. In addition to psychotherapy and consultations, she also conducts assessments for giftedness and twice exceptionality, as well as comprehensive psychoeducational assessments. She also presents to the public and trains professionals locally, nationally, and internationally in her areas of specialty.

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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
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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