2013 First Breakout Session Descriptions

First Breakout Sessions from 10:10am – 11:10am

 Title: Odyssey of the Mind and Future Problem Solvers
Presenters: Joyce Flowers and Jennine Jackson
Description: [Jackson] Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) offers a Scenario Writing Competition for students in grades 4-12. An FPSPI scenario is a story in which one possible outcome of the future is developed through character(s) and plot. It is a prediction of the future and written as if the future is the present. Students are using both creative & critical thinking and meeting Common Core Standards in the composition of the scenarios.
[Flowers] In this session we will describe the Odyssey of the Mind competitive program, as well as how we developed a group of parent co-coaches so that our school could field 7 to 8 teams of 7 students each every year for the past 7 years. Techniques for helping coaches, materials for supporting coaches, as well as problems and pitfalls will be shared.
Title: How to Deal with Food Allergies in a School Environment
Presenters: Tisha Huish
Description: The presentation intends to deal with the challenges parents and children face dealing with food allergies in a school environment. Schools have different strategies for accommodating children with life threatening food allergies. It is important to know how to best lobby for your child’s physical and emotional needs. Gifted children often times feel they are different than their mainstream peers. The added stress of being outwardly different because they can’t eat the same foods as other kids, can often times be too much to bear. It is important that parents acknowledge the added every day, often every meal stress that our gifted children must endure and how to help replace their fears with a renewed sense of self confidence.
Title: Gifted Technology for Gifted Students
Presenters: Robert Walker
Description: Technology can revolutionize learning for students of all ages, particularly gifted students.  Technology can provide gifted students with more access to resources, academic professionals, collaboration and knowledge than ever before.  This session will provide you with academic research and strategies related to technology and gifted students along with many resources to use and share with your with gifted student to take their learning to the next level.  Feel free to bring your technology with you to this session!
Title: Is My Child Twice Exceptional? Giftedness and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Presenters: Dr. Sally J. Logerquist & Dr. Susan Jackson
Description: Many social, emotional, and cognitive behaviors characteristic of gifted children are similar to those of children with autism spectrum disorders.  These similarities can lead to misinterpretation, misdiagnosis, or lack of identification of giftedness or a disability.  Participants will discuss the similarities, characteristics discriminating between these exceptionalities, and strategies for development of talents and social skills.  The knowledge gained will promote support at home and encourage the seeking of diagnoses that lead to appropriate academic programming.