Parenting a gifted or twice exceptional child comes with a lot of uncertainty. Each child and each family’s circumstances can vary widely even from other families in the gifted or 2e community. One of the biggest requests for support we receive is for various educational consulting services.
It can be hard to know who is the right person to consult with given your specific circumstances, so we’ve broken down some common options for you below.
Young Scholars Program Support
Members of our Young Scholars program can receive free support from our Family Services Team. Our Family Services Team provides insight, resources, and strategies to support families based on the knowledge the Davidson Institute has built over the last few decades and their experiences working closely with Young Scholar families. Our areas of expertise include profoundly gifted and 2e parenting strategies and resources, social-emotional development support, educational options, goal-setting, and gifted research. You can read out the additional benefits of the Young Scholars program or learn how to apply today.
Gifted Educational Consulting Options
Understandably, many families would like additional support when looking for school and college options. While the Young Scholars program is able to support you in many different ways, in some situations, more direct advocacy or consulting is required. For example, while we can help with general support for college searches, we can’t offer direct college essay writing or application reviews for Young Scholars.
We are aware of the following consulting services that have worked with other gifted families in the past. Please know that we are not specifically endorsing any of these options. We are merely providing these lists so that you can research and select the professional that works best for you.
K-12/General Educational Consultants
- OnlineG3.com, a WASC-accredited online Supplementary Education Program
- The Summit School Consulting Services
- Heidi Molbak at Seed Starter Educational Consulting
- Alessa at Hand in Hand Education
- Miona at Gifted Lab
- Gifted Education Equity
- Patty Educational Consulting for Parent Groups and Administrators
- Hoagies Gifted list of Educational Consultants
- Independent Educational Consultants Association
- Keith Berman at Options for College – Berman’s webinar “Gen Z: Counseling and Educating a Different Generation” may also be helpful in understanding college counseling approaches for Gen Z.
- Jaime Smith – independent education consultant
- Sarah Brown – Right4UCollegeCounseling.com
- Alex Ellison – Student-centered college counseling and education consulting
- Barbara Hettle College Consulting – Helps students plan for high school and navigate the college admissions process; work with public, private, and homeschooled students both in the Lexington, Ken. area and throughout the U.S.
- Rebecca Stuart-Orlowski – Orlowski College Consulting
- Ethan Sawyer at College Essay Guy
- Susan Goodkin at California Learning Strategies Center
- Mandee Heller Adler at International College Counselors
- Kathleen Reilly at GT College Advising
- Krystal (Davidson Alumni) at My Ivy Education
- Gerene Keesle at Admissions Untangled
- Lily Philips at Mindworks Consulting
Other Support Options
- SENG Model Parent Groups
- TECA Online Support Groups
- With Understanding Comes Calm
- Puttylike Coaching
- Your state gifted association
- Davidson Institute’s resources and blogs
- Your personal network of family, friends, community members, educators, and professionals
To help you identify who may be a good choice for your child and their goals, you might also find the following articles helpful:
- 12 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Independent Educational Consultant
- 12 Warning Signs that an Independent Educational Consultant Is Not Worth Hiring
Considering Your Gifted Consulting Options
We often find that many parents and students are on a path that works for them and may just need a confidence boost because it can feel hard, uncertain, and overwhelming to stray from the conventional K-12 path to find what works for your child. Often the needs of our community look different than those of neurotypical students. Trusting your “parent gut” can be difficult at times, but after all, you know your child best!
To help you tune into your parent gut and figure out which resources and supports may work for your gifted child, here are some general ideas to consider before hiring a consultant include:
- Have a family meeting to collectively decide on the goal of the consultation so that both parents and students are on the same page.
- Make sure your educational goal is specific and clear. A “good high school” or an “ivy league college” isn’t a specific goal. What qualifies as a good educational experience depends on your child’s interests and their needs, not the school’s rating.
- Start with the free resources and work your way up towards more expensive options. As you probably know, parenting—especially parenting a gifted or 2e child—is a lot of trial and error. Test out free resources (or free trials) to see what types of resources work for your family before you invest.
- Expect that this will be a process rather than a one-time cure-all. Many families we work with take a patchwork approach throughout the student’s educational journey, drawing on a variety of resources to find the right fit.
- For example, perhaps our Young Scholars program and parent community can offer the piece of information you are looking for now. Emailing a state gifted association for school recommendations might be the next step, and then, perhaps, a one-time college application review will be required later down the road. Take it one step at a time, and don’t be afraid to use multiple resources to get the result you need.
As we often say when working with our Young Scholar families, if we had the “Gifted Roadmap,” we’d happily hand it out to all, but unfortunately, this map doesn’t exist. Each child’s path is unique. If you are a parent of a gifted or 2e child who is feeling uncertain or overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Others feel this way too, and there is a whole community here to support you as you help your child pave the path that fits them.