Thursday, August 4, 2011

Calling All Parents With Opinions!

I was recently contacted by a unique group of researchers from Columbia University.  They are looking for parents interested in sharing their experiences raising gifted child.  Here is the synopsis of the study they sent me.

We are researchers at Columbia University's Paul F. Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences studying how children who are unique in some way are identified and developed. We are currently collecting stories from parents with children who have been identified as gifted, children who have unique artistic, scientific, or physical abilities, children on the autism spectrum, and children who have been identified as having attention disorders. 


While all children are unique, the goal of our study is to identify how children with unique developmental abilities or trajectories develop over early childhood. Parents have different experiences and observations of their child's development and they have different personal resources with which they access services or programs. Parents also differ in the type and extent of their support networks and social relations. And finally, parents make different decisions when finding the right academic, extra-curricular, or other placements for their children. We would like to give parents the chance to tell their stories. Survey responses will help us understand the experiences of unique children as well as their development over time.

I often hear parents of the gifted say that they feel as though they are without a voice or that they are alone in the world.  Here is a wonderful opportunity to share your child's story so that it can benefit others.  To participate in the story, visit http://uniquechildstudy.org.  You can also "like" the Unique Child Survey on Facebook to connect with other parents.

Leave a comment letting me know you did and maybe a highlight of what you shared!

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