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Share the journey of parenting gifted kids with Sophia as she interviews experts from the global gifted community.
Gifted is more than just a high IQ and parenting gifted kids is hard and lonely.
Our community shares knowledge, celebrates our quirkiness and provides a safe place to be gifted and neurodivergent.
Parents, researchers, psychologists, educators, authors, and more all connect here with advice and support, so we have everything we need for every member of our family to thrive.
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Our Gifted Kids Podcast Sophia Elliott

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Share the journey of parenting gifted kids with Sophia as she interviews experts from the global gifted community.
Gifted is more than just a high IQ and parenting gifted kids is hard and lonely.
Our community shares knowledge, celebrates our quirkiness and provides a safe place to be gifted and neurodivergent.
Parents, researchers, psychologists, educators, authors, and more all connect here with advice and support, so we have everything we need for every member of our family to thrive.
At www.ourgiftedkids.com find show notes, blogs, free resources, a paid member community, subscribe to our free newsletter or get in touch.
Join the Our Gifted Kids community through our Facebook page or free group and Instagram.
Don’t miss any episodes by subscribing to the podcast and help others find us by leaving a review (please!). Talk to you soon! xx

    #087 Unpacking dangerous myths about gifted & 2E boys w/ Deborah Gennarelli

    #087 Unpacking dangerous myths about gifted & 2E boys w/ Deborah Gennarelli

    #087 Unpacking dangerous myths about gifted & 2E boys w/ Deborah Gennarelli
    In this episode, we’re talking to Deborah Gennarelli about gifted and twice exceptional (2E) boys. A great episode unpacking those dangerous myths about gifted boys, diving into what makes them different, and providing real hands-on strategies to walk away with.
    Memorable quote… “
    “I've particularly noticed, with the boys that I worked with, the emotional intensity. So these students think and feel deeply and often differently than other children. This is especially true for 2E boys who are wrestling with the fact that they're gifted, but they also feel inadequate or shame or other negative emotions. And I saw that with all the boys that I wrote about. They knew they were really smart, but then they started questioning, "Am I really smart?” - Deborah Gennarelli
    Bio… 
    An experienced educator and gifted intervention specialist, Deborah Gennarelli has a master's degree in gifted education and her passion has been recognised by Teacher of the Year awards in three different school districts as well as an “All-County Teacher” award.
    As a gifted intervention specialist, she developed gifted education programs in several districts and now also consults; providing professional development on topics relevant to gifted children and supporting parents and students. A national speaker on the identification and support of gifted and 2e children, Deborah has also written the newly released, ‘Twice Exceptional Boys: A Roadmap to Getting it Right’. 
    She is currently co-writing a second book about neurodiversity in adults and is a member of NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children), OAGC (Ohio Association for Gifted Children, and SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted).
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    Book: ‘Twice Exceptional Boys: A Roadmap to Getting it Right’. 
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    #086 What is living with ADHD really like? w/ Meghann Birks

    #086 What is living with ADHD really like? w/ Meghann Birks

    In this episode we’re talking to coach Meghann Birks about being gifted and having ADHD,  late-in-life diagnosis, lived experience of ADHD, how we can manage from day to day, the challenges, the strengths, parenting and so much more.
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    “I think that the flip side of this is that there are things I found challenging as an adult and as a mother, that when I started to really understand my brain, the perspective changed. And then there was another layer of perspective shift for me that came when I started to do the work on reparenting myself.
    My 10-year-old son is constantly doing cartwheels and running around and I used to get quite resentful, especially in public spaces. I'm like, don't run into people. Be quiet. You know? All those social norms that we all feel the pressure of… 
    And when I realised, my therapist asked me, ‘what was something you needed as a child that you didn't have?’ And my answer immediately was, I needed someone who could keep up with me. 
    And immediately I went, I get to be that for him. And I can't always physically keep up with him because he is 10 and I am in my mid forties. However, I can give you the space for that exuberance to exist.
    And there is a huge part of the work that I do, especially with women, which coincides with midlife… Where a lot of the work that women do in midlife is far from a crisis. It is a reclamation of who we were before the world stamped it out of us.” - Meghann Birks
    Bio… 
    Meghann Birks, is an Embodiment Coach and Trauma Informed Professional Trainer based on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula where she lives with her partner and two highly spirited boys.
    “I'm a coach, writer, dancer, Steel Mace Flow Coach and wannabe surf goddess who loves creating, coffee, lifting heavy, movement and sleep. I also have a wonderfully neurodivergent brain that shows itself via ADHD and I'm passionate about helping women with this diagnosis create an incredible life where they can flourish.
    I am fascinated by the stories we tell ourselves, how they impact us and how we can, with proper support, change the narrative to move us toward a pure and joyful expression of who we are and why we're here.”
    She holds the designation of Certified Professional Coach from the International Coach Academy, one of the world’s leading training organisations. This intensive course covered an array of learning modules and she was required to coach both internal and external clients under supervision from a Master Coach before she received her certificate.
    She also holds: Cert III in Fitness, Cert IV in Fitness (Personal Training), Completion of the Wim Hof Method Fundamentals Course, Numerous qualifications in the area of program design and facilitation, Steel Mace Flow Coach Level 1, Certificate in Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy from The Embody Lab, and ‘An Advanced Degree from the School of Hard Knocks, as some of my super fun eff-ups in life are the reason I am now so good at what I do.’
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    Meghann’s Sisters in Stoke Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/7Gcff5LbH1nQ45my0LqwSm?si=09ae450fc0aa4a84
    “Sisters in Stoke is a podcast for women and those who identify as women to share their stories of how they found their stoke and to inspire others to pursue their passion and purpose. My guests have truly embraced the spirit of "Let's f**k around and find out!" when it comes to going all in on creating a life they love and they share the obstacles they have overcome,

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #085 How to Use Creativity for Learning Differences & Executive Function w/ Dr Victoria Waller

    #085 How to Use Creativity for Learning Differences & Executive Function w/ Dr Victoria Waller

    In this episode, we’re talking to the vibrant and dynamic Dr. Victoria Waller about how to use creativity and a gifted child's interests to work on learning differences or practice executive function skills. An episode full of great ideas.
    You can find Dr. Waller's ebook “If you can Dream it, You can do it!’ here.
    Memorable quote… “
    “So any parent that thinks, but I'm not creative, forget it. I've never met a child that can't build something.” - Dr. Victoria Waller
    “Every child wants to learn and it's hard for them, some of them, and it looks like they don't want to, but they do want to. I think the children with differences are geniuses of our time.” - Dr. Victoria Waller
    Bio… 
    For over 40 years, Dr Victoria Waller has been a reading specialist and educational therapist. She helps children ages 5-11 who have trouble reading and writing, can't sit still in class, don't feel like they can participate—children whom teachers have all but given up on.
    Her book, Yes! Your Child Can - Creating Success for Children with Learning Differences, is #4 in Amazon’s New Releases in Children’s Learning Disorders. Every child can succeed in school and life, but some children need more help than others. She is here to help.
    Dr Waller holds a B.S in Education from Wayne State University, an M.Ed., is a certified reading specialist, and an Ed.D. focusing on reading and learning differences from the University of Cincinnati. 
    She has been awarded the University of Cincinnati’s Distinguished Alumna College of Education Award, was one of three finalists for the L.A. Music Center’s Bravo Award for Outstanding Teaching.
    Her articles on creative reading and writing projects for children have been widely viewed on U.C.L.A.’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior website, and the award-winning Grandparentslink.com. She speaks about learning differences in children to many groups all over the United States.
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    Amazon: Yes! Your Child Can: Creating Success for Children with Learning Differences
    Mr Doodles
    Andy Griffiths Books 
    ‘The Week Junior’ magazine 
    Encanto Movie
    #013 Screen time, help! Jocelyn Brewer talks Broccoli & Digital Nutrition
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    • 49 min
    #084 Executive Function Strategies for your Gifted & ADHD Kids w/ Dr Marnie Cumner

    #084 Executive Function Strategies for your Gifted & ADHD Kids w/ Dr Marnie Cumner

    Join Dr Marnie Cumner to learn more about executive function in gifted, ADHD and autistic kids and adults and get lots of strategies and tips.
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    “Executive functioning is that term that relates to the set of thinking skills that are responsible for things like planning, organisation, getting started on things, finishing things, regulating your own attention, regulating your own behaviours and emotions. So it's the overarching skills that help to organise us and organise our thinking.” - Dr Marnie Cumner
    Bio… 
    Dr Marnie Cumner is a Clinical Neuropsychologist on The Sunshine Coast, with specialised training in understanding how brain function affects our everyday thinking and behaviour.
    Paediatric Neuropsychology is a professional speciality, which focuses on understanding how the development of a child’s brain relates to their cognitive (thinking), behavioural, social and emotional functioning.
    Marnie provides assessment services for children and adolescents to better understand their individual strengths and difficulties.  She investigates thinking skills, such as, memory, attention, language and problem-solving, as well as social-emotional functioning, academic performance and behaviour.
    Marnie uses the child’s individual profile of strengths and difficulties to provide tailored recommendations for improved learning, behaviour and emotion regulation.  She uses a strengths-based model, which focuses on using a child’s strengths to minimise their difficulties.
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    Dr Marnie Cumner’s Website: Sunshine Coast Neuropsychology
    Dr Marnie Cumnres previous episode: #042 How can a Neuropsychologist help my gifted child? with Dr Marnie Cumner
    Book: Executive Function in the Classroom, Practical Strategies for Improving Performance and Enhancing Skills for All Students Author: Christopher Kaufman
    Book: The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success , How to Use Your Brain's Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home Authors: Peg Dawson, Richard Guare
    Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University: A Guide to Executive Function
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    #083 The 5 Levels of Giftedness - All Grown Up w/ Dr Deborah Ruf

    #083 The 5 Levels of Giftedness - All Grown Up w/ Dr Deborah Ruf

    In our GAW episode, we’re talking to Dr Deborah Ruf about the 5 Levels of Giftedness and her new book which follows those original children who are now all grown up. 
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    “So, those are the five levels and you really can find lists of those with lots of details and early milestones and that's how I created it. It was after I looked at the milestones of children over the years and what they were like when they were born and what they were like when they were three months old and six months old, and then a year and then two years, and see what they are like. 
    And then later we have scores and we see how those fit or don't fit. And it really is rather amazing how well the scores are in the range you would predict from those milestones.” - Dr Deborah Ruf 
    Bio… 
    Deborah L. Ruf earned a Ph.D. in Tests & Measurement with a minor in Learning & Cognition at the University of Minnesota.  
    She worked as a private consultant and specialist in gifted assessment, test interpretation, and guidance for the gifted for 30 years.   
    She is the author of the award-winning book Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind (2005) and retitled 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options in 2009.
    In 2023, Dr. Ruf will release her follow-up longitudinal book study of the now-adult children from the original book and how they are doing now.  Her focus has now progressed toward the social and emotional health of the gifted adults who parent gifted children.  
    For more than 40 years, Dr. Ruf has served as a keynote speaker, workshop, and conference presenter, and written chapters for 5 textbooks, more than 12 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 100 plus articles and handouts for newsletters, magazines, and websites.
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    Dr Deborah Ruf Facebook
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    Dr Deborah Ruf Website: 5LevelsofGifted
    Her first book - 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options
    Article by Dr Deborah Ruf about personality types in school
    Personalitypage.com
    Medium - Dr Ruf Articles
    Unleash Monday Episode 16. Designing 145+ IQ tests for hyper gifted children with Femke Hovinga
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    #082 Growing Creativity in Gifted Kids w/ Stephanie Higgs

    #082 Growing Creativity in Gifted Kids w/ Stephanie Higgs

    In this episode we’re talking to one of our favourite gifted educators and differentiation coach, Stephanie Higgs, about how we can all grow our creativity muscle, especially in our gifted kids. 
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    “When we broaden that definition of what creativity even looks like, I think a lot more of us fit under that umbrella than we would initially think. And then even those of us who don't feel like it comes as naturally - that's one of the things I'm here to share today, is how we can grow and refine that area of talent.” - Stephanie Higgs
    Bio… 
    Stephanie Higgs is a passionate, energetic, and engaging educator whose colleagues describe as radiating contagious joy. She has devoted her entire professional life to education, teaching in two of Tennessee’s three grand divisions. 
    Stephanie earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she then taught for six years at a museum magnet school and helped students achieve up to three years’ growth in reading in a single year. 
    After relocating to Middle Tennessee, Stephanie became a fourth-grade teacher, which had been her dream since she was a fourth grader herself! In 2019, Stephanie became a gifted educator and differentiation coach, where the staff quickly named her their Teacher of the Year before being named a region-level semi-finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Soon after, Stephanie was honoured with the TAG (Tennessee Association for the Gifted) Horizon Award, which is given to a gifted educator demonstrating promise and leadership in the field. 
    Later, Stephanie was named the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Teacher of the Year. Stephanie recently graduated with an additional graduate degree from Tennessee State University in Instructional Leadership and now serves on the executive board as secretary for the Tennessee Association for the Gifted.
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    Stephanie Higgs:
    Instagram: @littlemissgifted
    TikTok: @littlemissgiftedteacher
    YouTube: @littlemissgiftedteacher
    Linktree: @littlemissgifted
    Todd Sampson TV Series called Redesign My Brain
    Carly & Adam STEM Teachers Club
    Creativity Calendar: Weekly Activities to Encourage Creativity by Laura Magner. 
    Bob Eberle - Scamper: Creative Games and Activities for Imagination Development (Combined ed., Grades 2-8)
    The book I love but couldn’t remember - POWER OF DIFFERENT: The Link Between Disorder and Genius by Dr Gail Saltz
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    • 46 min

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