Join IDL for Understanding and Managing Emotional Intensity in 2E Students: Mon. Feb 9th, 2015

Understanding and Managing the Emotional Intensity of Twice Exceptional Children and Teens

with Dr. Julie Morrison

February, 9th, 2015 at Miller Library

Parents and those who work with bright students with learning differences, ADHD, and/or emotional disorders can find themselves caught off guard or demoralized by the emotional and behavioral challenges they are faced with. Understanding the emotional intensity and related behaviors of the twice exceptional student, from a neurobiological perspective, fosters empathy, paving the way for more effective interventions. When adults adopt a supporting and guiding role, power struggles become less frequent, and children or teens are able to draw on available resources to increase coping. This provides a sense of ownership, which is crucial for development of a healthy sense of self, on which to build the self-regulation skills that they need as they move into adulthood. This talk will discuss specific strategies that adults working with these children can employ, many of which are derived from cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, to facilitate emotion regulation and build problem-solving skills.

Dr. Julie Morrison, Vice President of IDL, is a licensed psychologist and mother of two children with ADHD and language-based learning differences, one of whom is a twice exceptional learner. A Fellow of the Maryland Psychological Association, she has a private practice in Columbia, where she specializes in working with gifted individuals who have challenges that affect learning, including the regulation of attention and emotion. She also works with children who difficulty navigating relationships, including those with reactive attachment disorder, secondary to a history of trauma or international adoption. Dr. Morrison conducts comprehensive neuropsychologically-styled evaluations and offers consultation. She has co-organized national conferences and she has been invited to present at national and regional conferences addressing the needs of twice exceptional students, as well as the treatment of childhood trauma. She has published peer-reviewed articles focusing on identification, assessment, and intervention with gifted children with challenges to learning, as well as professional articles and a book chapter on therapeutic intervention and the emotional and relational impact of child maltreatment.