Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan
Core Area: Social and Emotional
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Why do gifted children sometimes have sensitivities or tendencies that challenge teachers and parents? Overexcitabilities are common occurrences in GT children due to their hyper-efficient brains. There are specific skills and strategies to help identify and equip gifted children with overexcitabilities.

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In this 1-hour course, Lori Comallie-Caplan will explain the biology behind overexcitabilities in gifted children, and give practical strategies to identify them and manage them within the classroom or home. Ms. Comallie-Caplan also focuses on giving gifted children understanding and tools to manage their own overexcitabilities for a lifetime.

You will learn how to:

  • Name five characteristics of the biology of the gifted brain
  • Describe each of five types of overexcitability
  • Describe both the strengths and the problems that are associated with the five overexcitabilities
  • Name at least three strategies for working with each overexcitability

This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies d, e, and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, and 5.5.

Presenter Bio

Lori Comallie-Caplan is a New Mexico Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Educational Diagnostician with a Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling. Additionally, she holds Advanced Certification for Mediation from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Ms. Comallie-Caplan has 30 plus years of experience in the field of counseling, coaching evaluation, mediation and educational consultation. She is best known for her work with gifted individuals through the lifespan and frequently provides professional development for school districts and mental health professionals in the social emotional needs of the gifted. 

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576 reviews for Understanding the Neurology and Overexcitabilities of the Gifted

  1. Mikal – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    The presenter gave numerous real life stories and examples to help keep the information interesting.

  2. Catherine – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    The quiz was extremely hard. too much information

  3. Rebecca – Region 17 (verified owner)

    The presentation kept me involved the entire time. The information presented was interesting and applicable.

  4. Lilia – MIDWAY ISD – WOODWAY (verified owner)

    This is such a great and very informative professional development. I have learned so much about the neurology and overexcitabilities of gifted students and their characteristics. Most importantly, I have learned ways on how to help them overcome their overexcitabilities and become successful life long learners.

  5. Martha – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Very interesting. I found out many things about my own children

  6. Karen – EAST CHAMBERS ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent mechanisms for dealing with overexcitabilities

  7. Lillie Noelle – BELTON ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed it.

  8. Alice – CARLISLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    5 star
    Very informative and easy to understand.

  9. Delfina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It helps you better understand the overexcitable gifted learner in your class.

  10. Andrea – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    It was interesting, kept my attention, had a good pace and was helpful to me professionally.

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