May 19, 2013

May 19, 2013
"Not all those who wander are lost."
~J.R.R. Tolkien
Giftedness and Learning Disabilities:
Unearthing the Missed Diagnosis

Recorded webinar presented by Dr. Paul Beljan
Date: Thursday June 6 , 2013
Two screenings,  choose one:
Morning: 11h30-14h00 (bring your lunch)
Evening: 19h30-22h00 (bring a light snack for the table)
Location: 75016, near Maison de la Radio
RSVP: By June 1, 2013-  To reserve your spot:
  • Email:, Subject: Giftedness and Learning Disabilities. Please specify which time you are attending. 
  • Online form: Complete the required online rsvp form, by clicking here.
Minimum attendance of 10 people is required. First-come, first-served. Space limited.  Handout: Photocopies of PowerPoint available to those reserved by June 1, latest!  Participation Fee: Free to current GiF and Message members. 10€ for non-members. Meeting is held at a private residence.

This is a 90-minute recorded webinar, presented in PowerPoint format

Webinar Description:
Characteristics of gifted and talented children can result in incorrect diagnoses, such as overlooking learning disabilities. Learning disabilities can take the form of academics (reading and math) or innate abilities in general learning that may relate to social learning. In this SENGinar, Dr. Paul Beljan reviews some of the basic tenants of giftedness that include intellect and asynchronous development. He then discusses the nuts and bolts of learning disabilities: what they look like, how to assess them, and what to do about them in the contexts of the gifted population."

Please join us and invite your partner, caretaker, friends to participate in this information-rich session.

About the Presenter:
Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN, is a past president of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology.

He holds child and adult diplomate qualifications with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Dr. Beljan co-wrote Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults, and has authored several chapters and articles in various publications. His professional focus is on Alcohol/Drug Related Neurodevelopmental Deficit (A/DRND), Gifted Intelligence, Learning Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trauma, and non-medication-based Attention and Executive Functioning Deficit interventions. Dr. Beljan currently is working on his post-doctoral master’s degree in psychopharmachology.

This Webinar was organized and hosted by SENG, their annual conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on July 19-21.

June 13: NEXT GiF event/recorded webinar is going to be on Thursday June 13th at 11h30 & 19h30 with an amazing discussion called: Laying Waste to the Elephant in the Living Room: Solutions for the Anxious Gifted Child, presented by Susan Jackson, MA, RCC: "Anxiety is the most common mental health problem experienced by children. When left untreated, it causes anxiety-based disorders ranging from simple adjustment disorders to more debilitating maladies such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The relationship between anxiety and giftedness is largely unexplored in the literature and often overlooked or misconstrued in clinical practice, with potentially disastrous results..." More information to come on the next announcement.

Gifted in France
is a loi 1901 non-profit association. GiF does not endorse speakers or their material, but aims to provide a wide variety of ideas and discussions about the educational, emotional and social needs of the gifted and twice-exceptional population. In addition to meetings for parents, GiF organizes creativity and science workshops for kids, such as the Little Mad Scientists' Club for children 5 to 8 year-old.  Furthermore, GiF is the main organizer for the annual Paris Spelling Bee, which is a community-wide enrichment event open to children in CE2-4ème. We are thankful to The American Library in Paris for their collaboration and to The American University of Paris for hosting the Bee. Membership for GiF is attached, it costs 30 euros per family, per year.

As always, thank you for your support.

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
President, Gifted in France


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