What is Westside of Los Angeles Gifted?

We are a group of families with gifted and twice-exceptional children living on the Westside of Los Angeles. We want to foster long-lasting friendships through support, resources, and shared experiences. We are a diverse gathering of families and welcome all gifted families, wherever they are on their journey in raising our unique children. We regularly host parent breakfasts, parent nights out, park days, beach days, parent education seminars, children’s activities, and family events.

 

How do I join?

Join us on Meetup and Facebook. We are first and foremost a Meetup group because we want to encourage a more engaged and active membership. This is where we maintain our upcoming events calendar. Our Facebook group serves to facilitate communication amongst members. It is where we post questions, ask for local resources and referrals, seek support, and chat. 

 

What is Giftedness?

According to The Columbus Group, "giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with the higher the intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching, and counseling in order for them to develop optimally."

Educators often see giftedness as an advanced capacity to learn. As parents, we all know that this is a very narrow understanding of giftedness. Giftedness is a unique neurological difference that stays with you all your life. Intensity, sensitivity and overexcitability are primary characteristics of the highly gifted. The further along the IQ spectrum these children are, the more intense they are likely to be. Gifted children have astounding educational, social, spiritual and emotional needs stemming from their intensity and asynchronous development. 

One of the greatest challenges in childhood will be coping with the understanding of how different the gifted child is from their age-mates, and even from other gifted children. Finding ways for your gifted child to interact with true peers is one of the surest way to help them. Let's find a safe haven for parents and children to feel accepted for who they are, intensities and all, right here in the big metropolis that is Los Angeles.

 

What is "Twice-Exceptional" (2e)?

According to the Gifted Development Center, "Twice-exceptional (2e) children have both gifts and disabilities. The child who can discuss and debate advanced concepts, but was slow to read and struggles with written output may have a learning disability. The student who is mathematically talented but cannot manage the social expectations of school may have a mild autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). The child who is an eager learner, but cannot consistently focus or organize work may have ADHD. For most 2e children, their unusual struggle, the persistence of their challenges, and the parental support required just to keep them at grade level are not evident at school. Because symptoms of giftedness and disability may coincide/present simultaneously, each exceptionality may mask the other or the combination of both may make the child appear average to teachers."