The Elsberry R-II School District’s Advanced Learning Program, or ALP, invited parents to an informational meeting on Feb. 24 in order to share with them new and different techniques for dealing with emotional issues exhibited by their gifted children.
The keynote speaker for the event was Emily Kirchner-Morris, a provisionally licensed professional counselor specializing in gifted children.
Kirchner-Morris is currently under the clinical supervision of Tracy Turner-Burnberry, LPC, RPT-S.
“High-potential and identified gifted students often deal with emotional intensity from a young age through adulthood,” said Kirchner-Morris in an email. “At times a child’s development is advanced for his or her age while the emotional development is much more age-appropriate. This asynchrony makes it difficult for parents and teachers to know how to handle the unique needs related to this intensity.”
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