[Fcs-faculty] [Fwd: U of U Lectures on Gifted Child]

Cheryl Wright Cheryl.Wright at fcs.utah.edu
Fri Sep 22 10:56:58 MDT 2006

To all:
Please announce these lectures happening next week  (Thurs. 28th) to 
your classes - it is always difficult to get people to attend - the 
Moerers would really appreciate it - they sponsor this lecture series as 
well as a departmental scholarship.

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Subject: 	U of U Lectures on Gifted Child
Date: 	Tue, 19 Sep 2006 11:39:36 -0600
From: 	Ann Bardsley <abardsley at ucomm.utah.edu>
To: 	Ann Bardsley <abardsley at ucomm.utah.edu>




Contacts:          Cheryl Wright, U of U Department of Family and 
Consumer Studies, 801-581-7712, cheryl.wright at fcs.utah.edu 
<mailto:cheryl.wright at fcs.utah.edu>

Ann Bardsley, U of U Public Relations, 801-587-9183, 
abardsley at ucomm.utah.edu <mailto:abardsley at ucomm.utah.edu>




Understanding Learning Styles is Key to Interventions


Sept. 19, 2006--Eleven-year-old Michael was frustrated in school. A 
bright and talented boy, he was having problems reading and writing and 
made "careless errors" in math. He began calling himself "stupid" and 
"dumb." His parents persisted in finding a reason for his challenges, so 
took him to visit physicians and learning specialists Brock and Fernette 
Eide, who confirmed Michael's tremendous strengths as a learner, but 
also discovered the root of his problems: dyslexia.

Brock and Fernette Eide, husband and wife physicians who have a national 
referral practice seeing children with learning differences and 
challenges, will be in Salt Lake City to present two lectures on gifted 
children. The presentations are free and open to the public and are part 
of the Eric Moerer Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the University 
of Utah Department of Family and Consumer Studies (FCS).

On Thursday, Sept. 29, from 2 until 3:30 p.m., the Eides, who operate 
the Eide Neurolearning Clinic, in Edmonds, Washington, will present 
"Gifted Children in Full Perspective:  Neurobiology, Temperament, 
Motivation, Experience, and Development."  The lecture will be held in 
room 320 of the Alfred Emery Building, located at 225 S. 1400 E., on the 
University of Utah campus. That evening, from 7 until 8:30 p.m., the 
Eides will present another lecture, "The Midas Touch: How Giftedness 
Itself Can Become a Learning Challenge." That lecture will be held in 
the conference room, on the fourth level of the Salt Lake City Main 
Public Library, 200 E. 400 W.

"Giftedness and learning challenges are important topics for parents, 
families, educators, therapists, doctors and child-care providers 
because understanding children's unique learning styles is key to their 
educational success," notes Cheryl Wright, chair of the U's FCS 
Department and the former director of the U's Child and Family 
Development Center.  "By better understanding children who are 
struggling, we are better able to tailor education and parenting for 
those who have a learning difficulty," she says.

Many of the children that the Eides see in their clinic have been 
formally identified as gifted and "twice-exceptional," the term used to 
identify gifted students with disabilities, or dual exceptionalities. 
Their other patients were children who have broad displays of abilities, 
but were, for reasons difficult to identify, underperforming, developing 
oppositional behavior, experiencing academic and/or social problems or 
having challenges with organization or anxiety related to the school 

"We see many kids who are really intelligent, but for unclear reasons 
are having problems in school," explains Fernette, adding that their 
practice focuses on deeper, neurological functioning and learning--basic 
motor control, memory systems, levels of sound and vision processing, 
the ability to regulate and modulate emotional responses to stimulation, 
personality, family and school environment and dynamics. "We use all of 
this information to match the diagnosis with specific interventions that 
help better match a child's education and his or her unique neurological 
wiring," Brock explains.

The Eides' initial interest in learning difficulties was personal, which 
also became a professional interest. "Our own kids were struggling--and 
these were problems that were overwhelming for our whole family. Once we 
found out what was going on with them, we were able to get them the kind 
of help they needed," explains Brock

"This work resonates with parents," Fernette says. "They know the 
problems, recognize them and understand that there is a lot more depth 
to them. We try to look at how different brains are wired. We try to see 
these children as sensitive as human beings who have their own dreams 
and their own stories and give them strategies they can use." 

Quite often, Fernette says, gifted children might be struggling, "to 
organize the sheer quantity of information. They have a hard time 
organizing the burdens of brilliance." She explains: "Gifted or 
precocious kids have a different developmental pathway, one that defies 
standard expectations and timeframes."

The Eides, who are members of the professional advisory board for 
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), stress the 
importance of avoiding "emotional and psychological baggage--loss of 
self esteem, severe pessimism, loss of motivation and frustration that 
can accumulate early on," Brock says.

According to the Eides' new book, "The Mislabeled Child--How 
Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to 
Success," the most important component of helping a child who is 
struggling with learning challenges is "an adult who believes in them 
totally and unfailingly."

The Eric Moerer Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by Tina and Michael 
Moerer, honors their son Eric, a gifted student who died while still in 
his teens. For more information on this year's lecture, call 801-581-6521.

Those seeking more information on the Eides work, visit 


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    University of Utah Public Relations

201 S Presidents Circle, Room 308, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9017

(801) 581-6773  fax: 585-3350



Cheryl Wright, Ph.D
Chair, Family and Consumer Studies

225 South 1400 East, Rm. 228
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0080
Phone: (801) 581-7712
Fax: (801) 581-5156
Email: cheryl.wright at fcs.utah.edu

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