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Hi Darleen!
I have another question for you:) I am looking for quotes for a few articles I am writing that speak to how arts and crafts can benefit gifted children. This can be regarding any area you prefer, whether it benefits them academically, social-emotionally, spiritually, etc.
Thank you so much!
Kelly

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Darleen Claire Wodzenski, Parent Educator & Lecturer
Darleen Claire Wodzens  
Kelly

Hello again, my friend! You ask amazing questions.

As I am sure you know, creative arts - including arts and crafts - engage the whole brain! New neural connections are created or reinforced each time a child engages in a creative activity. As a result, creative activities can stimulate childhood development across all the domains.

Of course, maintaining a challenging level of engagement is sometimes tricky for the gifted and talented learner. Artistic components of typical assignments prevent high ability learners from becoming bored. Embedding the curriculum in a more complex creative arts format can satisfy even the most advanced learner!

Pairing a creative activity with academic content can promote learning, memory, recall, and academic skills. The more complex and stimulating the activity, the greater the growth of the child. Sensory stimulation can greatly enhance learning and development - and may especially promote recall of information later on.

Using arts, crafts, and creative expression in social, emotional, and spiritual outlets promote those areas within the child. Check out this article about creative arts as a tool to help anxiety:
http://darleenclaire.com/uncategorized/creative-arts-are-effective-strategy-for-

Looking for more? Call me, Kelly - Let's chat! If you are in the Atlanta area, I invite you to Cafe Intermezzo for a latte or chai.

Hope this helps - Take care, my fellow parenting warrior.

Happy Parenting! and Happy Writing!

Darleen Claire Wodzenski, MS ESE, QPPE

http://DarleenClaire.com
http://ParentBlog.org

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Darleen Claire Wodzenski, MS ESE, MA CMHC, PhD Candidate

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Gifted children require a bit more creativity and flexibility when it comes to parenting, education and child rearing. Please ask questions pertaining to parenting, self-esteem and body issues, relationships, social development, learning models and educational philosophies, family and sibling issues, dating, emotional development, self-harming, philosophy and spirituality, mental health, etc... My Brain-Based approach to raising and educating gifted learners reflects a blended philosophy that draws on graduate training and education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Exceptional Student Education, Ministerial Studies, and Neurophysiology. Perhaps most important is that I am a mother and grandmother who has raised a few gifted children in my time. I look forward to learning about your gifted and talented learner! Happy Parenting!

Experience

I enjoy drawing from a diverse background in learning models, therapeutic strategies, and parenting techniques to create solutions that are effective, gentle and uplifting. Parenting is a gift that keeps on giving, and even challenges are laced with tender moments and great opportunities to share meaningful experiences with your child. My greatest experiences have been as a parent, grandparent, teacher, counselor, and interventionist for children with gifted or talented abilities - as well as children with mental health, developmental, emotional, and learning challenges. In some cases, my clients were dually exceptional, meaning they were gifted or talented and also had an exceptional need or challenge. I love to incorporate brain-based strategies into parenting, education, and development. My goal is to support parents and families to help their gifted and talented children become more joyful and effective in school and in life.

Organizations
The Orchard Human Services, Inc.; http://orchardhumanservices.org/ PsychoNeuroEducational Institute, LLC (PNEinstitute.org) American Counseling Association; http://counseling.org Council for Exceptional Children; http://www.cec.sped.org/am/template.cfm?section=Home

Publications
YourTango.com, ParentBlog.org, Envision Health, The Local News

Education/Credentials
My educational background includes a Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education, a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a PhD Candidate, pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology with a focus on Integrated Approaches For Developmental and Mental Health Challenges including Autism. My life has been with rich with such experiences as a parent and grandparent; teaching special education, piano and dance; as well as tutoring college students from the undergraduate to graduate level. The sum total of my experiences, education and life has left me with a tender heart for gifted children. Their special gifts can leave them vulnerable in unusual ways, and we need to handle them with kid gloves so that their innocence and inner beauty are preserved as they grow into adulthood.

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