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First Friday Forum

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST

Neurodiversity, Asynchrony, and Equity—The Exceptional Child and Adler’s Concept of Gemeinschaftsgefühl 

How do schools go about identifying gifted students?  What’s the difference between special and gifted education?  Are “gifted” children always “bright”?   Have you heard about twice-exceptional (2e) and/or even thrice-exceptional (3e) students and children?  After a brief introduction about gifted and special education, as well as the characteristics of the 2e and 3e children, David and Jessica will lead a discussion about neurodiversity, asynchrony, and equity in school settings, as well as on the differences between society,  perception of “exceptional children,” and Adler’s sense of community.

Learning Objectives (for CE hours):

–1.  Learn more about Special Ed and Gifted Education programs in school settings.

–2.  Talk about the language of exceptionality as it relates to giftedness, such as 2e and/or 3e.

–3.  Honor the diversity of all students, aiming to promote strengths and abilities, not focusing on labeling disabilities.

–4.  Getting to enhance the sense of “Gemeinschaftsgefühl” (Community Feeling/Spirit)

WHEN ~ Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30+ p.m.  (The PSAS Board meets 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.  Please time your arrival accordingly.)

WHO ~ David Paeth is a substitute teacher with special education and science endorsements.  He earned an electrical engineering degree at UW with a focus on bio-medical engineering.  A quarter of a century and three children later he went into K-12 teaching.  Positive Discipline and family psychology got him through parenting and into this second career.  David’s interest in neurodiversity informs his work as a special ed teacher.  He is also the Vice President of the Puget Sound Adlerian Society.  Jessica Hsieh is the Coordinator and Parent Educator at the Puget Sound Adlerian Society.  She is a certified Parent Educator with the Positive Discipline Association, and also a certified SMPG facilitator with the Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted  Association (SENG).  She holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Boston University, focused both on clinical and social psychology tracks.  Jessica was an intake assessor at the BRTC clinic at UW (3 years), a trained Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (currently not in practice), and worked for the community mental health treatment network in Philadelphia (6 years).  She received a Certificate of Recognition for Skilled Cognitive Therapy in Community Setting from the Beck Initiative, Department of Psychiatry at UPenn.

HOW MUCH ~ Free.  Ethics CE fees are $10/hr. for members, $15/hr. for others, if needed. Donations are also welcome.

Everyone is welcome.  All of our First Friday Forums are not only for mental-health professionals but also for the rest of us… parents, teachers, and community members who care about connecting and supporting one another.  As Adler said, “The science of the mind can have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being . . . and peace for every human soul.”

Space is limited, so kindly RSVP to psasadler@gmail.com or 206-527-2566.


March 1
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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