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Gifted, creative and highly sensitive children | Heidi Hass Gable | “We need to learn what to stop doing”


Being “gifted” often feels far from a good thing, when you’re the one living it. And yet the myth persists that “gifted” is an elitist and privileged label in education. That “those kids” will be fine without any extra programs or supports. After all, what’s the worst that can happen – they get bored? In reality, many of our most vulnerable learners are those “gifted” kids who know they just don’t “fit it.” In our rush to identify and label children for purposes of funding and organizing our educational services most efficiently, we’re missing the ground level, actionable and everyday needs of an entire grouping of needy kids. Our most gifted, sensitive and creative students are our canaries in the coal mine; they are more sensitive to the world around them and the reactions we see in them can teach us what our education system needs to be, believe, include and stop. As is often the case, what is necessary for some is beneficial to all.

Heidi approaches our education system from multiple perspectives. First and foremost, she is the mother of three amazing, gifted, creative and/or highly sensitive children! Heidi also spent almost six years as president of the City of Coquitlam‘s District Parent Advisory Council, attending countless advisory committees and working to build relationships between parents and teachers. And finally, she has worked with many passionate educators as an edtech consultant – participating in technology planning, facilitating dialogue and implementing technology to support student learning, communication and relationship building. She is an idealist, geek and deceptively social introvert.

The link is bad now, but the current season is Infinite Recharge:


My wife and I went and watched a competition and I knew it was something I eventually wanted to get involved in (and the family/children we had just started planning to have).

I started working with my hands in robotics (bought a for dummies book) and hoped one day to inspire my son or daughter.

Later it became a core part of the inspiration for Creation-GeekHaven, the STEM and Rocketry Program non-profit I’m founding when this COVID stuff dies down and I can return to my home in Washington.

You can’t imagine how happy I was when my son showed an interest in Space and Computers (not to mention the Space Dragon stuff: https://twitter.com/PhilDupont/status/1249136198943223814🤙).

I’m definitely a lucky man.

Didn’t quite make Spring of 2020 like I had originally planned out. But perhaps Fall.

Didn’t realize it was 10 years in the making.

How about that? I must be an oracle, eh?


#StandUpEight (at Seaview, Washington)