Starting a Gifted Parent Group
There are a multitude of reasons for starting a parent support group; not the least of which is advocating for an appropriate gifted education program as well as for peer support. The benefits are numerous … realizing you aren’t alone; strength in numbers; and providing a peer network for your children. As teacher Justin Schwamm said, “It can be VERY isolating to be parent of gifted child, especially in a smaller community.” Tracy Fisher, Board Member from TAGT, reminded us that parent groups can “partner with your school district and improve services.”
By starting an advocacy/support group, parents are modeling how to advocate; an important life skill for gifted children. Support groups are often a parent’s first source of information on giftedness and about programs at local schools. Parent groups can also provide activities for gifted children to bond with their intellectual peers outside school.
What is the difference between an advocacy group and a support group? We tend to think of advocacy when speaking of education and support for general parenting of gifted kids. Krissy Venosdale framed her response like this ~ “Advocacy is ‘I want you to understand.’ Support is ‘we understand each other’.” Amy Harrington, SENG Board member, said, “Advocacy groups teach and guide while support groups foster discussion and relationship building.'” And this from Jo Freitag of Gifted Resources in Australia, “Some parent groups fill both roles – advocacy groups would lobby politicians, education, etc; support groups would care for members.” A full transcript can be found here.
Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.
About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to Leslie Graves, President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children; Margaret Keane of GiftedKids.ie; and Rose Sero from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for providing us with many of our links!
Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented “Parent Support Group Information”
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented “Establishing a Parent Support Group”
NAGC “How to Start a Parent Support Group” brochure (pdf)
NAGC ‘Effective Advocates’ (pdf) Series of Articles
NAGC “Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards” (pdf)
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children (Amazon)
From IEA Gifted Gifted Child Parent Support Groups
Guidelines for Running a Support Group (pdf) via Giftedkids.ie
Gifted Ireland: Starting a Group
Speak Ireland (monthly parent meet-ups)
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Effective Advocacy
Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education Starting a P.A.G.E. Affiliate
Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education P.A.G.E. Affiliate Resources
New Zealand ~ Effective Parent Support Groups: The Magic Ingredients (pdf)
Cybraryman’s Gifted Advocacy Page
Additional State Resources:
Alabama Association for Gifted Children’s Parent Corner
Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented Parent Institute
Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education Affiliate Program
California Association for the Gifted Parents’ Page
Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Affiliates Page
Connecticut Association for the Gifted Parent Handbook
Florida Gifted Network Parent Group Links
Georgia Association for Gifted Children Local Chapters
Illinois Association for Gifted Children Parent Affiliates
Indiana Association for the Gifted Parent Center
Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Families
Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented and Creative Parent Resources
Kentucky Association for Gifted Education Family Links
Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education Information
Michigan Association for Gifted Education Chapters
Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented Local Chapters and Parent Groups
Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Parent Affiliate Groups
Gifted Association of Missouri Parent Resources
Montana AGATE Parent Support Groups
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