Coaching for Gifted Kids, Parents & Families
Coaching for gifted or twice-exceptional kids, parents, and families is all about helping you learn about yourself and/or your child as a gifted or 2e person, and creating helpful academic, relational, communication and parenting strategies that match, inspire and celebrate your neurodiverse family.
GET TO KNOW YOUR GIFTED MIND
learn about your own gifted mind as a parent, and/or the gifted or 2e mind of your children
giftedness can masquerade as ADHD and other troubles, we help you avoid misdiagnosis
FIND ACADEMIC FULFILLMENT
identify what brings your children joy in their education and build on that together
RESOLVE CONFLICT & TRAUMAS
get support in working through family difficulties and helping your children through trauma
How does coaching help me understand my or my kids' gifted mind?
Your gifted mind is a piece of the puzzle that makes you you, and the same is true for your gifted children. Without understanding what makes your minds unique, you can get lost in family misunderstandings, school troubles, behavioral problems, and other common gifted "side-effects". Once you do the work to understand your gifted mind(s), they can be a wonderful source of strength and creativity in your family life.
What is coaching for kids like?
Our coaches use an approach that combines social and emotional development with "cognitive coaching." Just as top athletes refine their craft and are guided to a higher level through interactions with a coach, so are gifted and 2e students guided to a higher level of social, emotional and cognitive self-awareness and integration. Through use of games and higher level thinking activities, we can pull kids beyond their zones of proximal development, and ignite and excite their brains. Often our coaches work with both kids and their parents, to directly help the kids while training their parents to themselves be cognitive coaches.
What is coaching for parents & families like?
We work with one or both parents, separately and/or together with their kids - and most often we mix and match versions of these sessions over the course of the coaching, based on the parents’ or family’s needs at the moment. Coaching sessions provide education, strategies, emotional support, and practical guidance and resources to help you in creating a family culture that celebrates and works with giftedness and neurodiversity, so that you and your children can thrive together.
Many of our clients have worked with non-gifted coaches and therapists in the past, and were disappointed.
This is normal, since a “cognitive mismatch” occurs with professionals who are not themselves gifted and are not aware of what gifted cognition is. That's why all our InterGifted's coaches are gifted - so that you do not have to repeat the experience of being misunderstood while seeking help. Our clients are relieved to finally find help and support that is adapted to them and their unique mind!
If you are unsure whether you or your kids are gifted, we help you evaluate that.
We view giftedness as more than just IQ - it includes emotional, creative, interpersonal, and other forms of intelligence. While we don't do IQ testing, we do help you evaluate your giftedness from a holistic perspective.
How do the logistics work?
Most of our work is done on Skype, unless you happen to live in the same city as one of our coaches! We provide more logistical details, such as pricing and frequency of sessions on our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE.
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If, like me, you’re new to the whole giftedness thing and turning over stones in the hope of finding something that you don’t know you don’t know, book a session to get unbiased and your-need focused advice and insights. It’s very interactive and results in as much self-discovery as new insight offered.
I finally feel like I can go at my speed and I don’t have to slow down or explain everything – my coach just gets me. This is a game-changer for me!
Being able to talk with someone with the same level and thinking speed as well as with the same humor, is important as a highly gifted individual. During the deep discussions we had…I felt understood, challenged and supported to take my possibilities to the next level.
Thank you so much for what you do. I was so confused about my identity, and learning about giftedness has been incredibly healing. I no longer feel alone and I have hope now, because I’ve figured out what I need help for and I know where it get it. This is such an amazing journey of self-discovery and recovery!
It’s fantastic! Willem’s knowledge of giftedness is enormous, which helps a lot in understanding myself in context, plus understanding the context itself better. His way of coaching…is an adventurous journey into learning about all aspects of giftedness that are useful for you in your given situation.
I’ve been blessed and guided to meet my IG coach, which has started a new journey for me that I never thought was an option: finding out that all this time, what I thought, felt and experienced was not madness but a gift that wasn’t recognized and nurtured.
If you’re considering coaching but haven’t decided, my recommendation is to JUST DO IT! Yes you’re smart, and over time you could figure it out all on your own, but that’s just the point: your time is worth something – a lot more than what you will pay your coach… One coaching session with Jen was the equivalent of at least 2 months of reading, searching, journaling, pondering, and experimenting on my own.
I was so relieved to discover that something like gifted coaching exists! I’ve had help from many other therapists and coaches over the years, with only partial results. Now for the first time in my life, I feel like someone understands me, and I’ve made more progress in two sessions than I had in all my years of therapy! Thank you so much.
The typical common sense wisdom doesn’t work for gifted people, not because we’re necessarily better, but because we see, think, and feel about things with much greater complexity than others. Having a coach who understands this and has spent years of study and effort figuring out what works is invaluable on your quest.
Thanks to Jen’s insights, I’m making meaningful progress in understanding my gifted needs and nature. If you’d like to move to the next level of connecting with your gifted self, I recommend Jen as an excellent guide!
InterGifted is run by people who actually know what it’s like to have a complex or intense mind, and many of the coaches were drawn to this work precisely because they were once ‘coachees’ and saw first hand what coaching could do for them. The bottom line is, had InterGifted coaching been available when I was young, it could have saved me from decades of personal struggle. You owe it to yourself to see what it can do for you.
This is the first time I have met a person who can understand my mind and my abilities; explain needs and ways to work. It has been a huge help in my professional life. Jen is the first person who acknowledged just how different my mind is. If you are on the higher range of giftedness, I can highly recommend this service. I feel like an extremely rare, colorful bird finally released into its natural habitat.
Thank you InterGifted for providing such a unique and well suited coaching setup for your target audience. Being able to mix and match from the group of coaches has in itself been inspiring and has provided me with renewed hope and energy. I have been searching for an appropriate coach for quite some time and had never found someone that I felt would understand all of the aspects that I wanted to discuss.