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CGCC Parent Education Series: Gifted + Vision

  • July 19, 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • Zoom


(depends on selected options)

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Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series for the 4th season, this is still via zoom due to the pandemic. The format of each event in the series is an expert panel presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions for the panelists.


She is so bright, but she can't find anything! Mathematically gifted kid hates reading and writing! Clumsy? Come learn about the difference between vision and sight. How do gifted kids mask vision problems? How do vision problems mask giftedness? The difference between central/peripheral vision. How discrepancy between visual spatial processing and other skills causes frustration and avoidance. How binocular vision conditions affect visual attention and tracking accuracy. This will be a very deep dive appropriate not just for parents, but also for educators and health professionals working with the gifted population. It is especially applicable to highly and profoundly gifted children and adults as well as those who are twice exceptional. It will be 1-2 hours long. A more detailed description will be published, but we will start with this placeholder. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers from the audience. We may try to record the presentation, but not the Q and A.

About our presenter:

Neil Margolis, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO is a Developmental and Rehabilitation Optometrist practicing in the Chicago metro area. He has specialized his practice over the last 28 years towards the evaluation and treatment of patients with binocular, oculomotor, visual/vestibular integration and visual field defects, as well as visual processing difficulties. Dr. Margolis is a recipient of the Advancement of Sciences Award for his contribution to the science of neuro-optometric rehabilitation and is one of the contributing authors on a collaborative textbook on multidisciplinary care of the patient following brain injury, which has become the standard reference for student doctors and clinicians. Dr. Margolis is passionate about helping his patients achieve their goals, and studying functional neurology. He says, “In my clinical practice, I personally have evaluated many gifted students who have relatively poor visual spatial skills, or tracking skills, but are sophisticated at using contextual cues or other strategies to mask their weakness. This ultimately leads to inefficiency, underachievement, avoidance, and frustration. These students’ grades are typically too high to qualify for educational support or even appropriate accommodations in the public schools. Private schools often do not have teachers sufficiently specialized in recognizing this profile, or who are able to address this need. A private school with the specific mandate of providing an optimum, customizable education for their gifted students is needed. This will not only allow each student to achieve their maximum potential academically, but to also feel more confident and happy emotionally.”

No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.

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