Family & Professional Resources
WHERE TO START:
Is your child struggling in school? Do you have questions about where to start, or what steps to take to advocate for them? Click on the file below for some great information to help you begin your journey.
- Mind Matters - By Emily Kircher-Morris
- Tilt Parenting Podcast & Blog - By Dr. Debbie Reber
- Connected Parenting Podcast - By Jennifer Kolari
- Giftedness Knows No Bounds - NAGC Podcast
- Podcasts for Gifted Learners - A compilation of links for various podcasts geared toward gifted and high-ability learners
WEBSITES & BLOGS:
- Gifted Association of Missouri - GAM works to be a leader for gifted children in the school reform movement, empower parents of gifted children to become informed and active advocates for their gifted children, and ensure adequate funding for the education of gifted children in Missouri.
- Gifted Resource Council - A not-for-profit education agency working to bring together the resources of the community, the schools, and parents to help bright and talented children achieve their potential. This organization offers summer academies, learning labs and workshops, in addition to a few online publications for parents.
- Project MEGSSS - A non-profit organization providing a haven for mathematically-talented middle school students in St. Louis area for over 35 years. A highly qualified faculty, working with a superior curriculum, offers an academic challenge beyond traditional middle school offerings. After-school and summer camps available to 4th-7th grade students.
- MENSA for Kids - MENSA is an international organization that offers a range of benefits for gifted youth.
- National Association of Gifted Children - NAGC provides many free articles and helpful resources for parents and educators of gifted and high-ability children. Membership is offered, and benefits include subscription to the publications Gifted Child Today and/or Parenting for High Potential.
- Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG) - National organization dedicated to meeting the social and emotional needs of gifted children.
- F.A.C.T. (Family Advocacy & Community Training) - F.A.C.T. is a non-profit family organization that provides information, education, and practical support to families that include children/adults with any type of disability. F.A.C.T. helps parents navigate the special education system, access a wide variety of services in the community, helps parents advocate for their child's needs, and provides support for caregivers.
- Consultants for Community - Consultants for Community (CFC) is an Educational Consulting Group which assists in creating collaborative partnerships among all stakeholders involved in the field of disabilities and special education.
- The Adam Morgan Foundation - AMF provides resources, free parent consultations, sensory equipment, and iPads/tablets to families raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or other co-occurring conditions in the State of Missouri specifically in St. Charles, St. Louis County/City.
- Dr. Catherine Hasler at the Center for Behavioral Health - testing for gifted with learning disabilities
- Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC - mental health counseling and educational advocacy for gifted and 2e learners
- Dr. Agnes Meyo - specializes in diagnostic testing for gifted
LOCAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:
- Unlimited Potential Counseling and Education Center - Unlimited Potential provides professional counseling services and cognitive assessments (IQ and achievement testing) specializing in gifted and high-potential individuals.
- Most Valuable Professional Development - Dr. Bryan Pearlman heads up a team of veteran educators and mental health professionals that are laser-focused on providing tools, strategies, and techniques to improve outcomes for students, teachers, and schools. Dr. Pearlman is an experienced former educator, as well as a speaker and published author who has grown up gifted.
- Dr. Lena Pearlman & Associates - Offering individual, couples, family and group therapy for adults and adolescents. Their team of therapists and counselors specialize in stress management, anxiety, depression, family concerns, relationship issues, school stressors, life transitions, anger management, and other mental health related issues. Dr. Bryan Pearlman (Most Valuable PD) and his wife, Lena, run this practice.
- Dr. Trista Pabisz at Midwest Eye Associates - Dr. Pabisz is a primary care optometrist, serving patients of all ages, but specializing in pediatrics and learning-related vision disorders. Her passion is to ensure all kids have the vision sills and visual clarity needed to live up to their full learning potential. Dr. Pabisz has experience with sensory disorders, Autism and gifted children.