GRO: Promoting Gifted Understanding

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  • Hesitate to speak-up or struggle to find the right words to address your child’s needs?
  • Feel conflicted about if and how you should talk to your child about their giftedness?
  • Sometimes feel like you’re bragging or making excuses when talking about your child?
  • Find others cannot relate to your parenting experiences or even belittle your struggles?
  • Long to talk your parenting challenges, but fear no one will understand?

If so, GRO has created a series just for you!

Giftedness is misunderstood and, for many, painfully uncomfortable to discuss. Though we freely talk about the joys and challenges experienced by talented athletes and musicians, discussing anything associated with intellectual giftedness is considered taboo in polite American society. Fueled by myths and their own social conditioning, parents are sometimes even reluctant to talk to their own children about giftedness for fear that it will make them arrogant or impact their motivation.

In an effort to give parents the tools to talk about giftedness more comfortably with family, friends, educators, and medical professionals, GRO is hosting “How to Talk about Giftedness: Difficult Conversations Made Easy.” We will discuss the myths and social conditioning that make discussing intellectual giftedness taboo, and explain the full essence of giftedness, what it is, what it is not, and provide you a toolkit for addressing the common myths associated with it. Together we will explore America’s discomfort with the subject and help you learn how to talk comfortably about it with your child, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mental health professionals, doctors, family, and friends. As a community, we can change the sometimes uncomfortable interpretations of this word, so that the needs of gifted individuals can be addressed. Change starts with you, because no where more than in giftedland does it take a village.


Dr. Joanna Haase and Sharon Duncan founded GRO to address the often overlooked physical and psychological characteristics associated with giftedness. Without a complete understanding of the many manifestations of giftedness, the gifted population risks receiving improper medical, psychological, and educational services, and having their uniquenesses pathologized, misunderstood, and mistreated.

The mission of GRO is two-fold. First, GRO supports research that furthers the understanding of giftedness, including physiological, psychological, social, and educational studies. All research funded by GRO will be made available to the public at no charge.

Second, GRO supports outreach which actively promotes the understanding of giftedness so that it can be accurately and comfortably discussed such that the needs of the gifted can be openly addressed and met.

GHF would like to welcome GRO (Gifted Research and Outreach) as a Premium Plus Institutional Member. Learn more about the many benefits of becoming an Institutional Member with GHF.

Proud to be sponsored by:

Gifted Identity Project

California Gifted Network

changing the way the world views gifted education

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