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Twice-Exceptional Children: A Path Towards Understanding and Addressing their Complex Needs (3CE)
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Presented by Anya Dashevsky, Psy.D. $75 for MPA Members, $55 for Life Members, $35 for Student Members, $100 for Non-Members, $50 for Non-Member Students. This workshop will define the concept of twice-exceptionality, discuss asyncronous development, barriers to identification and services, as well as provide guidelines for assessment, counseling and advocacy. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Sustaining Members receive 50% off their fee!

When: Friday, October 4, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm
Where: MPA Offices
195 Worcester Street
Suite 303
Wellesley, Massachusetts  02481
United States
Presenter: Anya Dashevsky, Psy.D.
Contact: Lynne Casey
781-263-0080 ext 10

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Friday, October 4, 2019 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
MPA Offices in Wellesley, MA (directions available here)

$75 for MPA Members - $55 for Life Members - $35 for Student Members
$100 for Non-Members - $50 for Non-Member Students*
(*Non-Member Students must register using this form in order to get accurate pricing)


About the Workshop

There is a misconception among some people that gifted children are immune to challenges.  In reality, gifted children may be more vulnerable than their typical peers.   A twice-exceptional child is a child identified as being gifted and talented while also having a disability, such as a learning disability, a neurodevelopmental disorder, or a mental illness.  In this workshop, the concepts of giftedness and twice-exceptionalilty will be defined.  We will examine the concept of asynchronous development – uneven development that leads to increased vulnerability in some gifted children.  We will then examine the complex interactions between giftedness and learning and emotional challenges, and will discuss barriers to proper identification of twice-exceptional children.  Next, we will offer guildelines for how to support twice-exceptional children through educational advocacy, mental health provision, and support and education for families and professionals.

At the completion of this event, participants will be able to:

Describe the definitions of gifted and twice-exceptional students; and will explain the barriers to accurate diagnosis and appropriate service provision that arise as a result of complex interactions of giftedness and disability;

Explain the concept of internal and external asynchronous development, and will discuss how asynchronous development presents as a vulnerability specific to gifted and twice-exceptional children;

Discuss the current guidelines for supporting twice-exceptional children and their families through comprehensive assessment, counseling, and advocacy.


About the Presenter

Dr. Anya Dashevsky is a clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological evaluations and therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults.  She holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and a Master's Degree in Child Development from Tufts University.  Dr. Dashevsky has a private practice, Growing Minds, LLC, in Lexington, MA.




This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note that this event must be attended in its entirety in order to receive credit.  Partial credit will not be granted, no exceptions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Fee minus $30 administrative charge if cancelled 5 or more business days prior to event.  No refund if cancelled less than 5 business days before event. 

This continuing education event is appropriate for psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed social workers and other licensed mental health professionals,
though CE credit is only available to psychologists.  Please contact MPA if you have any questions.


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