By Emily Kircher-Morris
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The Mind Matters podcast features discussions with leaders in the fields of psychology, education, and beyond, with an emphasis on gifted/talented and 2e (twice-exceptional) children and adults. Mind Matters explores parenting, counseling techniques, and best practices for enriching the lives of high-ability people.
||CleanThe G Word Movie | Psychology | Gifted | Intelligence | Education||There is a myth that gifted people are mostly financially secure, white, and don’t require the same attention as an average child. Our guest is Marc Smolowitz, who is making a film about America’s gifted and talented population that puts those...||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeparating Truth From Mental Myths | Psychology | Gifted | Intelligence||On this episode we discuss some widely held ideas about education, giftedness, and intelligence that may not be as rooted in science as we thought. Explore some of our most revered and trusted theories along with us. Our guest is Dr. Devon MacEachron,..||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll Work and No Play | Psychology | Parenting | Education||Have we inadvertently harmed our children by taking away play time? Does our tendency to make decisions for our kids, instead of allowing them to make their own choices, negatively impact executive function? Mead Ploszay, middle school learning...||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThinking Twice About Ways to Help Twice Exceptional Students | Psychology | 2e | Gifted||The systems in place for gifted kids in public education often fall short for 2e students. Sometimes 2e kids aren’t even identified with the limited testing resources of some schools. In the first of several episodes on twice-exceptionality this...||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrue Grit: Fostering Tenacity and Resilience | Psychology | IQ | Gifted | Education||When we don’t provide a challenge for our gifted kids at school and let them fly under the radar, they can develop internal monologues that equate being smart with everything being easy. Emily Mofield and Megan Parker Peters, authors of Teaching...||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRethinking the Definition of Intelligence | Psychology | IQ | Gifted||Never afraid to bump up against some of psychology’s doctrines, Scott Barry Kaufman joins us for a discussion about how we evaluate gifted people. We talk about the role of IQ in that evaluation, and he reveals details of his personal journey as...||1/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Edition: Live at the NAGC Convention in Minneapolis | Psychology | Gifted | IQ | 2E||For 65 years, the National Association for Gifted Children has been holding an annual conference to help provide guidance and learning opportunities for attendees. Mind Matters now gives you a peek behind the curtain at this year’s event, held...||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpening Doors To Diversity In Gifted Education | Psychology | IQ||It’s a challenge for gifted and talented people of color to fight the headwind of implicit biases when it comes to being identified for gifted services. Dr. Joy Lawson Davis is working to help educators recognize signs of giftedness through the lens..||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIQ Isn’t Everything: Reevaluating Evaluation | Gifted | 2e | Education | Psychology||IQ is the primary measure of giftedness, but sometimes the IQ test fails to reveal the whole story. Recommended guidelines from the National Association for Gifted Children are evolving, and a new position paper has been released on using...||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPotholes On Memory Lane: Gifted Kids and Trauma | Gifted | Parenting | Violence||Signs of trauma can easily be dismissed as symptoms of something else entirely. On episode 19, Emily welcomes author and trauma expert Heather Forbes to talk about how to identify the signs of trauma, and ultimately how to control and minimize its...||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Ties: Connection Through Communication | Gifted | Parenting | Empathy | Psychology||Emily Kircher-Morris talks with family relationship expert Jennifer Kolari, author of “Connected Parenting: Set Loving Limits and Build Strong Bonds with Your Child for Life,” about ways to use the body’s natural chemicals and hormones in the...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Bright Minds Balancing Act: Finding Success in School | Gifted | Education | 2e | Psychology||Self-regulation is often discussed in the context of emotions. Emily Kircher-Morris talks with Dr. Richard Cash, author of Self-Regulation in the Classroom, about educational self-regulation. When should we expect students to show signs of maturity...||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmbracing Differently Wired - A New Tilt on Parenting | Gifted | Education | 2e | ASD||When gifted and twice-exceptional kids struggle, it’s often because people around them don’t recognize their perspective is different from the norm, and that we can try to meet them where they are. Debbie Reber, founder of TiltParenting.com and...||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProfile of a Twice-Exceptional Kid | Gifted | ASD | Asperger’s | 2e||Some gifted people discover they have a second diagnosis which puts them into a different category - twice-exceptional, or 2e. On episode 14 of Mind Matters, Emily Kircher-Morris talks with Christen Leah, a college student who learned she was not only..||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRegulating Emotions Through Mindfulness | Holistic | Intelligence | Gifted | IQ||Mindfulness is the awareness of the moment, the ability to observe and accept your feelings, stresses and sources of anxiety from a different perspective, and deal with them calmly. On episode 13 of Mind Matters, Emily Kircher-Morris talks with...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll the Feels (And Then Some) | Emotional Intensity | Education | Intelligence | Gifted||Emotional intensity varies from person to person, but among gifted people, it’s often markedly higher, and more of a challenge to understand and control. Critically-acclaimed author and former school psychologist Christine Fonseca joins us with her...||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZero to Sixty: The Case for Acceleration | IQ | Education | Intelligence | Gifted||Acceleration is an option for students who are academically advanced compared to peers in their age group. When is it a good idea to consider acceleration? How can we know a student is ready? What are the social and emotional implications of...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Importance of Empathy | IQ | Bullying | Intelligence | Gifted||Emily Kircher-Morris explores the concept of empathy with Dr. Michele Borba, author of the book “End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: The Proven Six Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, and Caring Schools.” They discuss ways to help...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Over-Under on Achievement | Gifted | Education | 2e | Intelligence||Cookie-cutter curriculum can be Kryptonite to a gifted kid, and can often spark a decline into a place where underachievement becomes the norm. James Delisle, PhD, helps us probe the world of underachievement, and suggests ways to help people of...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Guide to Self-Advocacy | Gifted | Education | 2e | Intelligence||You might say Deb Douglas is an advocate for self-advocacy. Deb has committed her career to helping educators, school administrators, and parents teach their gifted and twice-exceptional kids the importance of self-advocacy. Now she’s sharing her...||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTransitioning to Adulthood | Gifted | Intelligence | IQ | Education||On episode 7, Emily talks with Garrett Hartman, LPC about the transition to adulthood for gifted people and their neurotypical counterparts. How can parents help? What should the education system do to prepare kids for a changing landscape?...||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvercoming Perfectionism | Gifted | Intelligence | IQ | 2e||On episode six of Mind Matters, Emily talks with Lisa Van Gemert, the “Gifted Guru,” about perfectionism. We clear up some common misperceptions and discuss strategies to deal with the challenges perfectionism presents. Lisa Van Gemert has written..||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Creativity Crisis | Gifted | Creativity | Perfectionism | STEM||In this episode, Dr. Steve Coxon, Executive Director of the Center for Access and Achievement at Maryville University in St. Louis discusses the 'creativity crisis' and STEM. We also discuss ways to promote creativity and challenge gifted people....||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Intelligence and Violence Collide | Gifted | IQ | Guns | Mental Illness||Mind Matters examines recent mass shootings perpetrated by gifted or highly intelligent individuals. Noted author and expert Dr. James Delisle, Ph.D., helps us dig deeper into the backgrounds and motivations of the perpetrators of Newtown,...||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Problem of Bullying | Bullying | ADHD | Gifted | Intelligence | 2E||In this episode of Mind Matters, Emily discusses the impact of bullying on the learning ability and environment of gifted and 2e young people. Her guest is Cathy Risberg, M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, who owns Minds that Soar, and consults with...||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlaying the Gifted Game | Gaming | ADHD | Intelligence | 2E||Host Emily Kircher-Morris delves into the world of video games. Does gaming affect gifted kids differently? What is special about the relationship between giftedness and gaming? We talk with Mark Talaga, M.A., LPC, and Brandon Tessers, LPC, from the...||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Vision for Gifted Education | ADHD | Intelligence | 2E||Host Emily Kircher-Morris and Kate Bachtel, board president of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), and the owner of SoulSpark in Boulder CO, discuss new approaches to educating the gifted, from a parent's perspective and as an educator....||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Devon MacEachron Episode
Devon MacEachron reasoning for discrediting theories altogether and labeling them as “myth” is based entirely on her stating that there isn’t clear, scientific research solidifying those theories.
Lack of research does not mean that a theory is a myth... it means exactly that. That there simply hasn’t been enough research to support those particular ideas.
This is a dangerous and misleading episode, discrediting ideas that have not been disproven.
Please refrain from misleading content that implies something is inaccurate when it simply hasn’t been proven.
Or, provide evidence that supports the claim that it is, in fact, myth with data supporting as such.
I am a podcast junkie teacher. They fill my 1 hour commute each way. As a GT teacher it is hard to find content that is specific to my overall needs. This podcast has been very helpful. I have recommended it to friends and students’ parents.
Something I can finally relate to!
As a former moderately gifted child and mother of a preschooler that I suspect is gifted, I find this podcast fascinating. Looking back on my own childhood and school years, I can relate to most of the topics and it puts many of the challenges I faced in a new perspective for me. I’m hoping what I’m learning will help me be able to support and advocate my daughter if she faces these same challenges that I did.
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