Today’s guest is Anne Maxwell, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and founder of The Child and Family Therapy Play Center. She also founded the childfamilyplaytherapy.com website.
Anne has had extensive experienced dealing with “troubled,” “disabled” or “disadvantaged” children in her clinical career — but something was discovered by her: many of these disturbed or troubled children were, in actuality, highly gifted children who’d been misdiagnosed with one of the many fashionable designations used nowadays to try and fit the too sharp kids into the very dull system that is the US educational assembly-line.
Many of these kids mislabeled with any one of the acronyms ending with “D” for disorder were actually very bright youngsters driven into displaying symptoms of boredom, rebellion, disinterest or distraction due them not fitting into a system that isn’t geared to deal with exceptional talent and doesn’t know how to correctly cater to them.
These gifted kids get stressed-out because they end up feeling they are not being heard or understood . . . but who doesn’t suffer when that occurs to them!
Out of this experience Anne has developed a system of tools and game playing routines that enable all children: gifted, normal or “different” to have the best brought out in them.
In this show Anne discusses how you can “get it right” with your child. The things you can do, the tools you can use, to help your child develop its full potential and reap the rewards in life it is due.
Learn the characteristics of a gifted child.
Learn the Three Stages of Student Decline that affect all kids, but particularly affect the gifted child in the current system.
The Federal Education Act requires that every child’s needs are to be met. Much has been done to concentrate of the “disabled” . . . it’s time to demand the needs of the gifted child be met.