Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Giftedness and Learning Disabilities

Giftedness and Learning Disabilities: 
Unearthing the Missed Diagnosis

Presented by Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN 
15th March 2012
7.30pm Eastern/11.30pm GMT
Cost: $40 
In this SENGinar, teachers, parents, and counselors will learn how to correctly diagnosis learning disabilities in gifted and talented children.  

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 will review some of the basic tenants of giftedness that include intellect and asynchronous development. He will then turn to 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. The "discrepancy model" of learning disability will be dispelled in favor of understanding the brain basis of learning disabilities. Dr. Beljan will present several anecdotes and case examples to illustrate the process of learning disabilities.

  NOTE: Register now and you will receive a link to the recording of this SENGinar the week following the live event.
About Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN
Dr. Paul Beljan 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. Dr. Beljan currently is working on his post doctoral master's degree in psychopharmachology. Dr. Beljan's 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.

For more information, contact Patricia Petrillo. This webinar is provided by SENG, SENG is committed to sharing complex issues relating to the social and emotional needs of giftedness. SENGinars reflect the opinions of their speakers and do not necessarily represent SENG's philosophy. SENG invites your comments and discussion about this webinar following the session.

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