Bob Yamtich in a GHF Premium Plus Institutional Member. To learn about GHF's Institutional Membership levels and benefits, please go to http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/membership-options/institutional-membership/.
I am thrilled and honored to be a Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) Institutional Member.
I am a trained therapist who has been an advocate for the alternative education of gifted kids for years, recommending communication strategies that support connection within gifted families. So when I came across GHF, I was delighted to find many like-minded parents and educators who value fully hearing gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) kids to help determine strategies that can work for everybody involved. I appreciated seeing members use social media to support one another with empathy and shared information.
All people want to be fully heard, but the complexity of giftedness makes having a set of communication tools to parse out the finer details of what people are really longing for especially helpful.
Giftedness and twice-exceptionality, on a good day, can be a blast. If childlike wonder mixed with analytical wizardry can be fun even on a simple hike, imagine how delightful homeschooling could be! But sometimes gifted overexcitabilities can have stressful impacts, which is where the shared support offered by members of the GHF becomes so valuable. With homeschooling in particular, there are so many agreements to negotiate, to hold with care, and to reconsider, which require resilience and flexible thinking. Communication strategies can help families to navigate these waters, leading to clearer understandings and stronger relationships.
I work to help parents and educators empathically hear out gifted and 2e kids. I help kids self-connect and ask clearly for what they really want.
One boy in particular, with whom I worked, sticks with me. He described his mind as an engine with 17,000 train cars rolling so quickly and compellingly that they couldn’t be interrupted. While sometimes fun, this perpetual motion became exhausting for him and those around him.
We had a series of conversations over a number of weeks. One day, we went for a walk and he took a long quiet gaze at a creek. Afterwards, he told me how he had been enjoying his mind in a new way. A quieter, more focused way. His new self-understanding increased his patience and participation in a variety of activities, and helped his parents better understand how to help him through tough moments that still sometimes arose.
A gentle message can reach a person who may be triggered by an unexpected change. A powerful message can stimulate creativity to see a challenge from a new perspective. Effective communication can be both gentle and powerful.
Check out my website and sign up for a free 15-minute consult! I look forward to helping you and your family become better connected through communication.