Gifted & Distractible
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! There are so many new things happening at With Understanding Comes Calm and so many great opportunities ahead for gifted and 2e families, educators and adults.  Check them all out in this edition of "Gifted and Distractible":
  • Launch of our new website! You are going to LOVE it! 
  • Julie's new blog: "Making and Keeping Resolutions through Gratitude"
  • Registration for Camp Summit for the Gifted
  • 2e Movie Screening Event
  • When Bright Kids Become Disillusioned
  • Help! My Child is Addicted to Video Games
  • How to Ensure Students are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant 
  • Parenting Teens: 10 Tips That Will Save Your Sanity
  • Good news for students with accommodations! Check out the SAT's overhauled, i.e SIMPLIFIED, request process  
  • The Difference between Tantrums and Sensory Meltdowns
  • We're on Pinterest! Check out our Boards and Pins
  • Register for the SENG (Supporting the Needs of the Gifted) Conference
  • List of Events relevant to the gifted and 2e community
  • Survey of interest for a Parent Empowerment Group


We are excited for the launch of our new website!
Expanded menu of services
  • Supporting PARENTS of gifted and 2e children through direct in-person or skype consultations
  • Supporting EDUCATORS through workshops and individualized consultations tailored to their teaching needs 
  • Supporting gifted and 2e ADULTS with understanding their own profile and finding fulfillment and joy in their relationships. Check it out here!

Julie's Blog this month: "Making and Keeping Resolutions through Gratitude" - read about the why, what and how of making resolutions as parents, and how finding gratitude helps make our resolutions stick. Read it.
Register NOW for Camp Summit for the Gifted Summer 2017!
"Every year I have to wait 51 weeks for Camp Summit!" Camper, age 11

Camp Summit East will open it's "cabin doors" August 20 - 26 at North Bay Adventure in Maryland. 

If you have a gifted or 2e kid (ages 9-14) who loves:

Dungeons & Dragons

Zip Lines



The Arts

Rube Goldberg

High Ropes

Strategy Games


Digital Animation

Then this is their camp!  For more information contact Founder: Wendy Zinn
Co-Directors: Julie F. Skolnick, M.A., J.D. and Mike Postma, Ph.D.

Check out our AWESOME location:

Screening Event featuring Award Winning Film:
"2e: Twice Exceptional" 

When: May 2, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Silver Spring Civic Center, 8525 Fenton St., SS, MD.
Cost: $8.50 per ticket
Tickets: Click here to purchase

Evening includes:
  • Screening of Award-Winning Documentary
  • Exhibitors relevant to the 2e community 
  • Giveaway bags with loads of information
  • Raffle 
  • Light refreshments
 Mingle with 2e families, professionals and educators to watch this incredible film.

Please contact Julie to Exhibit or Advertise. Space is filling up fast.
Thanks to our current exhibitors/advertisers: The Auburn School, Siena School, McLean School, Hampshire Country Day, Weinfeld Education Group, Fusion, Imagine Possibility, SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted), With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC (Logos appear on our website and will be included in a special edition of "Gifted & Distractible")
This event is brought to you by With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC in partnership with Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Click here to read a review of "2e: Twice Exceptional" in 2e Newsletter
Photo Gallery from our last Screening Event - We sure had a lot of fun!
Acknowledging intensities, sensitivities and idealism in gifted kids, SENG founder, Jim Webb, discusses how to handle these attributes to avoid disillusionment. Read it.
Making sure your students and children are actively engaged and not just compliant "to get the A" is extraordinarily important for the gifted learner who sometimes struggles with risk-taking. Read how here.
The College Board has overhauled its request process for testing accommodations, making it easier for eligible students to receive the support they need on College Board assessments.  Read about it.
We are now on Pinterest - Check out our Boards and Pins!
Research confirms what we've said all along; check out the connection between ADHD symptoms and behavior and video game usage in the article, "Help! My Child is Addicted to Video Games!" from CHADD.
Fun and oh-so-true blog "Parenting Teens: 10 Tips That Will Save Your Sanity."  Read it.
The Difference between Tantrums and Sensory Meltdowns. A great example of where understanding brings calm and the ability to proactively address a challenge.  Read it.
SENG Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted is holding their annual conference at the Chicago Marriott, Naperville on August 3-6. This is a DO NOT MISS opportunity to learn about the emotional experience of the gifted and to mingle with like minded parents, educators and professionals. The weekend includes programming for children. Early Bird Registration. 
Upcoming Events for Gifted and 2e Families, Educators and Adults

  • Exec function boot camp College Group Boot Camp Session: Wednesday January 4, 2017 12 PM to 2:30 PM       For more information and to register go to 
  • January 5, 6:30-8:00 pm, When ADHD, Anxiety and Autism Coexist with Dr. Dan Shapiro. Get more information and Register here.
  • January 5, 7:00 - 8:30pm - Wakefield HS Auditorium, Annandale, VA, Prescriptions to Combat Disorganization and Procrastination: How To Help Smart but Scattered Kids Contact: Educational Connections
  • January 9, Social Learning at Home, Susan M. Abrams, M.A., C.C.C/SLP and Randi Rosenblatt, M.A., C.C.C/SLP; This workshop will introduce you to the social thinking vocabulary. Bring your concerns and leave with a plan for facilitating social learning at home and in the community. Contact Sue Abrams.
  • January 10; Registration Opens for Camp Summit for the Gifted East; Week long overnight camp in Northeast Maryland August 20-26; For more information and to register contact Founder, Wendy Zinn  Check out the camp at
  • January 17, 6:30 - 8:00 pm @ Blenheim Community Center, Fairfax, VA, Stressed Out Over Homework: What Causes It and What Parents Need to Know. Contact: Education Connections
  • January 19, 7:30-9:00 pm, Helping your Child Experience Social Success with Dr. Dan Shapiro, St. Columba's Episcopal, 4201 Albemarle St, Washington DC. Register.
  • January 23 - February 13; 7:30 pm, Mindfulness Workshops for Parents Raising Teens - Monday evenings,  The Nora School, 955 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910, Free and open to the public. Go to Mindfulness page for more information.

  • January 25; 4:00-5:30 pm, Book Signing and Interview with Dr. Debra Moore Co-author of The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults, The Auburn School, Silver Spring Campus RSVP to Michelle Ivey, MIvey@The
  • January 25; 7:00 pm College Planning and Preparation for Teens who Think Differently - Finding the Right colleges for Students with ADHD and other learning challenges. The Nora School, 955 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910, Free and open to the public. Email Marcia Miller at or call (301) 495-6672.

  • January 26, 7:30-9:00 pm, Helping your Child with Medication with Dr. Dan Shapiro, St. Columba's Episcopal, 4201 Albemarle St, Washington DC. Register.
  • January 31, 9:00-10:30 am; "The Basics of Special Needs Financial Planning," presented by Colin Meeks, Part I at the Baltimore Campus of The Auburn School, Part II at the Silver Spring Campus of The Auburn School on March 2. RSVP to Lauren Anderson,
  • January 31; Application deadline for FREE summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington State; "Inspiring Girls Expeditions" for teenage girls ages 16-17. Check out their awesome programs at
  • February 2-6, Thursday nights, 7:30-9:00, An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child with Dr. Dan Shapiro, CESJDS, 11710 Hunters Lane, Rockville, MD. Register.
  • February 8, 7:00 pm, Screenagers documentary screening, $10, The Nora School.
  • February 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, "2e: Twice Exceptional" Documentary Screening, Q/A, Raffle featuring Julie Skolnick from With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC, The Auburn School, Baltimore, MD. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. Contact LAnderson@The
  • February 16, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Reception in recognition of the Governor’s Proclamation of February 2017 as Gifted and Talented Education Month Celebrating Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland featuring our annual awards celebration and the recipients of the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) School Awards. RSVP if you plan to attend. 
  • February 27: MELTDOWNS: HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE, Dr Griffin Doyle, PhD, In this workshop you will gain insights and learn effective strategies to help you and your child. Contact Sue Abrams.


  • March 1, Deadline for MEGGY Award submissions (Md. Educators of Gifted Students), Download nomination form here.
  • March 2 - May 18, Thursday nights, An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child with Sarah Wayland, 4451 Parliament Place, Suite A, Lanham, Maryland 20706. Register.
  • March 2, 9:00-10:30 am; "The Basics of Special Needs Financial Planning," presented by Colin Meeks, Part II at the Silver Spring Campus of The Auburn School. RSVP to Lauren Anderson,
  • May 2; "2e: Twice Exceptional" Documentary Screening; Silver Spring Civic Center, Event includes: Award-winning documentary screening, Exhibitors, Give-away bags, Raffle, Light Refreshments; Tickets $8.50 at


  • Parent Footprint Awareness Training; Dr. Dan Peters’ new web-based, interactive training program for parents is based on the fact that the most important predictor of how we parent is how we were parented as a child. LEARN MORE & SAVE 50%

If you would like to see your event advertised in "Gifted & Distractible" contact us:


Interested in getting together with other parents of gifted and distractible children in a safe and confidential setting to discuss unique challenges and accomplishments that gifted children bring to families?  As a SENG certified parent group facilitator, Julie will start a Parent Empowerment Group in Maryland based on interest. Please email her if you are interested and specify whether you prefer morning or evening.
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