Westside of Los Angeles Gifted

Who We Are:

Westside of Los Angeles Gifted is an online forum for families with gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) children living on the Westside of L.A. who are looking to foster long-lasting friendships through support, resources and shared experiences. We are a Meetup group that meets for parents' breakfast/night out, family events/trips and more. This forum will mainly serve to facilitate communication amongst members of that group. To join our Facebook group, please first join the Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/Westside-of-Los-Angeles-Gifted

We are a diverse gathering of families, many of whom have chosen alternative educational paths. We welcome all gifted families, wherever they are on their journey in raising these unique children.

Giftedness:

Educators often see giftedness as an advanced capacity to learn. But, as parents, we all know that this is a very narrow understanding of giftedness. Giftedness is a unique neurological difference that stays with you all your life. Intensity, sensitivity and overexcitability are primary characteristics of the highly gifted, often classified using psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski’s “overexcitabilities” framework. The further along the IQ spectrum these children are, the more intense they are likely to be.

The gifted child is more aware, more sensitive and more capable of taking in life experience and therefore, more vulnerable. No matter how advanced their intellectual understanding is, it is likely to outstrip their emotional coping skills because of limited life experience. Gifted children have astounding educational, social, spiritual and emotional needs stemming from their intensity and asynchronous development. Sadly, it is painfully common that gifted people, their families, teachers and medical professionals are unaware of the special emotional needs of the gifted. For 2e children (intellectually gifted and have learning differences or disabilities), the duality of their exceptionality can be doubly challenging for their families and themselves.

One of the greatest challenges in childhood will be coping with the understanding of how different the gifted child is from their age-mates, and even from other gifted children. Finding ways for your gifted child to interact with true peers is one of the surest way to help them. Let's find a safe haven for parents and children to feel accepted for who they are, intensities and all, right here in the big metropolis that is Los Angeles.

Membership/Rules:

Please understand that we want to create a safe and friendly place where information can be shared freely. Therefore, please try to keep kindness and confidentiality in mind. Off-topic posts or business promotion posts will need to be deleted unless approved by the admins. In addition, in order to join this group, we will write to you prior to approval (just to confirm that you are a real person), so check your "others" message folder. Thank you for understanding.