Sep 22

Lower School: Letters from Leslie — Friday, September 22, 2017

Lower School Director Leslie Hosey, Ph.D.  ♦  Friday, September 22, 2017

Our topic of “Overexcitabilities” presented at last Friday’s Roeper Parent Council’s (RPC) Coffee Talk, struck a common and relevant chord among parents. Coming to understand the full range of attributes within the precocity, complexity, and intensity of the gifted is a journey, and one not easily understood. Annemarie Roeper and a group of her colleagues defined giftedness as follows:

Giftedness is the asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive ability and heightened intensity combine to create an inner experience and awareness that are different from the norm.

Successfully navigating these intensities allows for the development of moral and ethical reasoning, the ability to direct the intellect toward innovation and creativity, flexibility and inclusion in thinking, and compassion toward the self and others. Our educational program intentionally incorporates choice, inquiry, collaboration and problem solving in the service of honoring both intellect and intensities.

Two opportunities for growing understanding and support of your gifted child’s overexcitabilities are on the horizon.

  1. The Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted, or SENG, parent education group is hosted by two certified SENG co-facilitators for Fall or Winter sessions.  More information can be obtained about SENG and other parent education opportunities at the link below:

2. The Michigan Association of Gifted Children (MAGC) will host its annual conference at Roeper on October 21. Keynote speaker and noted expert in gifted education, Michele Kane, was one of Annemarie Roeper’s colleagues and was a contributor to the definition of giftedness that is now referenced internationally. Michele’s voice has been a calming presence to those living with intensity and she will present practice strategies for understanding and managing stress and anxiety in gifted and sensitive children.  More information regarding MAGC and registration are at the link below:

We are well into our learning journey and thrilled with how this year is unfolding. The Roeperfest, Sunday, September 24, 12:00 noon -4:00 pm is a great opportunity to playfully connect with our entire community. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!



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