There are so many new opportunities for connection popping up right now that I wanted to reach out and share them with you. Gifted? Adult? Teen? Younger? Twice-exceptional? We know that being in meaningful relationships with peers is among the healthiest, most important things you can do for yourself. Below you’ll find info on 2e Empowerment Group for 2e Adults, Autistic Kids’ Makerspace, Teacher and Parent Summit for Gifted and Underrepresented Students, Improv for Gifted Adults, and Improv for Twice-Exceptional Teens. You’re likely to find something here that will expand your mind and relationships in community with other gifted, caring people.

EMPOWERMENT GROUP FOR 2E ADULTS

Registration for this group, hosted by Julie Skolnick over at With Understanding Comes Calm, is open now. Julie’s a font of wisdom, and she’s providing this juicy series for your twice-exceptional self.

Week 1: Introductions and “2e: Myths and Misunderstandings” with Julie Skolnick
Week 2: 
You need a break! Breakout room madness – spending meaningful time together
Week 3: 
Love stinks (or does it?) – spending Valentine’s day with Dr. Matt Zakreski
Week 4: 
Dr. Maggie Brown “Crafting an Exceptional Life that Works”
Week 5: 
“Filling Your Toolbox” – we’ll discuss your Adult 2e Toolbox (One of Your Free Perks!)
Week 6: 
Improv with Gordon Smith – Leaving you with laughter

AUTISTIC KIDS’ MAKERSPACE WITH DANIELLE MAXON

The next Makerspace is scheduled in Asheville, NC on Feb. 11, 2023 with an orientation for caregivers on Feb. 4. Danielle is offering this amazing experience that she describes like this:

Makerspace is a pop-up community arts event for autistic kids and families to play, belong, create, share, and celebrate our differences. We are a proudly neurodiversity-affirming community that embraces ALL of the ways humans sense, feel, think, socialize, create, move, play, and communicate. Ableism, neurodiscrimination, and other forms of bullying are NOT welcome to our party! Makerspace centers the needs of autistic children; however, formal diagnosis is not a requirement to participate. Many participating are highly sensitive (HSP), ADHD, and/or gifted, as well as having autistic traits.

Each Makerspace will invite a small, loosely age- and interest-matched group to create in a shared community space with plenty of adult support on hand. Children with accessibility needs and those who have struggled socially, emotionally, or behaviorally in school or traditional extracurricular settings are welcomed with open arms!

I-URGGE TEACHER AND PARENT SUMMIT

Join leading gifted education scholars in a 3-part series discussing culturally responsive practices to support diverse gifted students. You can attend 1, 2, or all 3 sessions.

Three 1.5 hour sessions will be hosted with experts from The Consortium for Inclusion of Underrepresented Racial Groups in Gifted Education (I-URGGE). Attend one, two, or all three sessions. Click the date to see attendance and pricing options. Single sessions are $30. For great savings, attend the entire series for $75. A live question and answer session will follow each presentation. Sessions will be recorded and available for 30 days.

IMPROV FOR GIFTED ADULTS AND IMPROV FOR 2E+ TEENS

The next ensembles for gifted adults and teens will begin March 19, 2023. I’ll update this post as soon as registration is open. For now, mark your calendars and/or reach out to me to let me know you’re interested. Improv is helping gifted people find community, self-trust, spontaneity, and lots of laughs through structured play. I lead these groups along with Chief Improv Officer and Second City Director, Lisa Bany, who has nearly 30 years of experience teaching people to practice play as a path to self-development and joy. The groups are eight-week experiences where gifted people join in transcending perfectionism and being in the moment with each other. It’s fun every time!