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06 Aug 4 Easy Tips to Prepare for Heading Back to School

By Amber McClarin, IEA Enrollment Coordinator  The nation's children are headed back into the classroom as the 2019-2020 school year gets underway! New beginnings can be a grab bag of emotions. Excitement, fear, anticipation - going back to school is not for the faint of heart....

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30 Jul “Something Beautiful” – Elizabeth’s Story

“He was like a bomb.” That is how Elizabeth described her eldest son, Joseph who, at 4 years old, was a highly energetic child with an urgent fascination for numbers. His attraction was so advanced, Elizabeth had to relearn middle school math concepts just to satisfy...

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09 Jul Fall Opportunities for Gifted Youth

By Rachel Hanks, IEA Administrative Assistant   It’s hard to believe it’s already July! With the summer flying by, it’s never too early to start thinking about fall activities. Whether your child is looking to expand their resume, find a hobby or make new friends, the...

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11 Jun Backyard Safari – A Summer Activity Suggestion

By Felicia V. Gaddis Summer has arrived, school is out and you are probably trying to find something for your young gifted child to do that will engage and satisfy their insatiable curiosity. May I suggest conducting a backyard safari? Backyard Safari is a creative way to...

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23 May Featured Professionals for National Mental Health Month

By Niña Abonal, MA, Program Manager Each year during the month of May, organizations like National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America, raise awareness and highlight the importance of mental health through local events, media, and health screenings. The unfortunate reality is there is a...

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giving tuesday

27 Nov Giving Tuesday: Volunteering

By Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant I started my volunteer work as a teenager, when my local group needed participants to join their choir to perform at nursing facilities.  In addition, our high school highly encouraged students to volunteer their time, either at school or within the...

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Recurring Giving

09 Oct The Magic of Recurring Giving

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations In the non-profit world, donors are the lifeblood of an organization. Though many programs charge fees for services, these fees usually do not cover the full expense of an individual’s participation, let alone any free programs and services offered to...

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positive mental health

02 Oct How to Encourage Positive Mental Health Practices

By Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant As a parent, you always want what is best for your child and strive to provide it for them.  Developmental specialists, health providers and other experts are always researching and recommending ways to raise a child in order to reach their...

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giving thanks 2017

21 Nov Giving Thanks 2017

As Thanksgiving approaches, we’d like to take a few minutes to give thanks to our IEA community! Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who devote their time and resources to support IEA’s programs and services. Whether it’s helping decorate our new learning space, facilitating...

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teacher

26 Sep How to Talk to Your Child’s Teacher

by Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant As an involved parent and professional working within the education system, I have attended numerous parent teacher conferences throughout the years. First, as a parent of three gifted children; second, as a professional support staff working with teachers and parents; third,...

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advocating

30 May Advocating for Your Gifted Child

by Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant When you recognize that your child may be gifted, and has not been identified as such, or has been identified as gifted but is not reaching his/her potential, then you will need to advocate for your child so they will receive...

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emotional

25 Apr My Smart Kid Is So Emotional–Am I A Parenting Failure?

by Paula Prober, Licensed Counselor and Consultant Your child is emotional. Anxious. Melting down. Telling you that you’re the worst parent. Ever. Not in so many words, necessarily. But still. You know that you’re the worst parent. Ever. “How can such a smart kid behave this way?” you...

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intense kids

07 Mar Intense Kids, Intense Parents — Tips for Managing the Mayhem

by Paula Prober, Licensed Counselor and Consultant How do you manage your emotions and your sensitivities while raising your super intense super smart children? How do you raise your children without unconsciously repeating the patterns set down by your own parents? I’m guessing that you think about this a lot....

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gifted child

21 Feb Along the Journey of Raising a Gifted Child

by Michelle Bodwell, LMFT, ATR As parents of gifted children, we all have our own memories of the moment or moments which led to our realization that we had a gifted child. Whether it was the comment of another, the feedback from an evaluation, or our...

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finding your voice

15 Sep Finding and Cultivating Your Voice

by Jennifer de la Haye, Program Coordinator This year, IEA’s theme for both the Bradley Seminar and Yunasa Summer Camps was “Finding and Cultivating Your Voice.” In a culture that has become image-obsessed, where we often exist behind a meticulously crafted social media identity, and where...

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gifted community

01 Sep Gifted Community

by Qiao Li, Coordinator Why is Community Important? Community is the foundation of our social life. A healthy community provides support, encouragement, affirmation, and a sense of belonging to all members. Feeling loved and accepted also fosters good behavioral patterns, increase productivity, inspire creativity. Although there are tremendous...

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Social Self-Esteem

01 Aug Social Self-Esteem and Gifted Kids

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing and Communications Coordinator I have only been at IEA for six months, but in that time one of the most frequent struggles I have heard from parents is how their child does not fit in socially. This is no surprise, due to...

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Loving Gifted Children

07 Jun Loving Gifted Children

by Jennifer de la Haye, Program Coordinator Tasked with the mission of writing a blog post, I pondered IEA’s 2016 theme, “Finding and Cultivating Your Voice.” Turning to Thomas Merton, to whom I often turn whilst seeking inspiration, I found this: “The beginning of love is...

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gifted quirks

01 Jun Quirks of the Gifted Brain

by Nicole LaChance, Marketing and Communications Coordinator The gifted brain is a unique place. In fact, it is so unique that many of the complexities of giftedness are still not fully understood. Still, there are some common quirks that have been identified as being associated with...

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gifted whole child

26 Apr Sustaining the Gifted Child

by Zadra Rose Ibañez, Director of Operations Since last week was Earth Week, I thought I’d share one of my favorite pictures with you: [caption id="attachment_6472" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image via Wikipedia[/caption] In 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development defined sustainability as “development that meets the needs...

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05 Apr Three Reasons to Join a Parent Support Group

by Nicole LaChance Parenting a gifted or twice-exceptional child comes with a special set of joys and challenges. I know it’s easy for parents to feel like they are alone in their situation and not receiving support from traditional educational groups and institutions. That is why...

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individualized education

08 Mar The Future of Individualized Education

by Morgan Carrion NPR ed’s website features several articles that discuss various ways in which our current system fails to meet kids where they are. Right next to an article about “The Quiet Revolution” (the movement to acknowledge and better accommodate introverted personalities) is an interview discussing...

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mentoring gifted students

09 Feb Mentoring Gifted Students

Being a gifted child can be difficult. Gifted children often feel misunderstood by their peers and possibly don’t even fully comprehend themselves and their abilities. This can lead to low self-esteem or self-doubt, hindering a child from thriving in school and reaching their full potential. This...

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Upcoming Events
  1. Gifted Support Group: Giftedness Identification & Programming

    January 14, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. Gifted Support Group: Developmental Potential and Emotional Giftedness

    January 30, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Yunasa West

    June 6, 2020 - June 13, 2020
  4. Yunasa Michigan

    July 25, 2020 - August 1, 2020