Gifted individuals are prone to several types of anxiety, including worrying, obsessing, perfectionism, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety. Anxious children and adolescents often engage in behaviors to minimize the distress of their anxiety, such as avoiding school or not trying if they do not think they can do a task perfectly. Children and adolescents who worry are often preoccupied with their worrisome thoughts, thus inhibiting their ability to maximally learn in the classroom, comfortably connect with peers, and fully engage in life. While the aforementioned is true for gifted children, twice-exceptional (2e) children face additional challenges given their disabilities such as ADHD, Autistic spectrum, and Dyslexia. Being aware of a twice-exceptional individual’s propensity to become anxious, as well as learning and teaching effective interventions for reducing anxiety, increases the likelihood of academic achievement, and positive social-emotional adjustment in life.
In this workshop, participants will learn: (1) The components of the brain and body responsible for the fear and relaxation response (2) the characteristics of gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) youth that make them more susceptible to anxiety (3) to identify symptoms and behaviors associated with different types of anxiety (4) the role of thinking in determining emotions and behavior (5) cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness strategies for managing and overcoming anxiety, and (6) to develop creative anxiety reduction and management plans for children, adolescents, and even adults. We will turn 2e worriers into warriors!
ABOUT DAN PETERS, PH.D.
Dan Peters, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who has devoted his career to the assessment, consultation and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in learning differences, anxiety, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality. He is passionate about helping parents and teachers engage children in the classroom, at home, and in life so that they can realize their full potential. Dr. Peters is co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, and co-founder of Parent Footprint, an on-line interactive parent training program. He hosts the Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan, available on iTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, and elsewhere. He is the author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears, From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears, The Warrior Workbook (co-authored with Dr. Lisa Reid and Stephanie Davis), and Raising Creative Kids (co-authored with Dr. Susan Daniels). Dr. Peters blogs regularly for the Huffintong Post and Psychology Today and writes and speaks on topics related to parenting, learning differences, and education.
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