Gifted Child Advocacy and Twice Exceptionality

Is your child advanced beyond other classmates, in need of more stimulating and rigorous classwork, bored and acting out or gifted with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD or a learning disability? If so, don’t miss the P.A.L. (Parents of Accelerated Learners) final Spring session in New York City on Tuesday, June 7, 2011- The Accelerated Learner, Part 3- Becoming Your Child’s Advocate.

Parents will better understand the issues, barriers and solutions for getting their advanced learner or twice exceptional child into an appropriate program that they deserve. Experts and parents who are advocates for gifted and 2E learners will discuss the issues they’ve experienced and the solutions they’ve found. 

Panelists include:

Alex Hindes has been actively involved in education policy issues and advocacy for the last 10 years. Ms. Hindes, who practices law in New York and New Jersey, has devoted her career to working on behalf of students with disabilities.  Ms. Hindes attended Brandeis University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.

Melissa Sornik, LMSW, a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) facilitator and co-founder and president of LI-TECA, (Long Island Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy) is a consultant for twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families. She conducts workshops for parents on twice exceptionality, myths of giftedness, visual spatial learners and the importance of talent development in divergent learners.

Jill Tatara, a photo editor for TIME for Kids Magazine, is the mother of a neurotypical 3-year-old and a highly-gifted 8-year-old with Asperger’s and ADHD.

Event: the P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Workshop Series

Date: June 7, 2011 6:30-8:00 pm

The Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street, 1 block south of Chambers
Between Greenwich Street and West Street
New York, NY 10013

For more information click herethe P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Parent Workshop Series  or go to


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