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Darleen Claire Wodzenski, MS ESE, MA CMHC, PhD Candidate


Gifted children require a bit more creativity and flexibility when it comes to parenting, education and child rearing. Please ask questions pertaining to parenting, self-esteem and body issues, relationships, social development, learning models and educational philosophies, family and sibling issues, dating, emotional development, self-harming, philosophy and spirituality, mental health, etc... My Brain-Based approach to raising and educating gifted learners reflects a blended philosophy that draws on graduate training and education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Exceptional Student Education, Ministerial Studies, and Neurophysiology. Perhaps most important is that I am a mother and grandmother who has raised a few gifted children in my time. I look forward to learning about your gifted and talented learner! Happy Parenting!

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I enjoy drawing from a diverse background in learning models, therapeutic strategies, and parenting techniques to create solutions that are effective, gentle and uplifting. Parenting is a gift that keeps on giving, and even challenges are laced with tender moments and great opportunities to share meaningful experiences with your child. My greatest experiences have been as a parent, grandparent, teacher, counselor, and interventionist for children with gifted or talented abilities - as well as children with mental health, developmental, emotional, and learning challenges. In some cases, my clients were dually exceptional, meaning they were gifted or talented and also had an exceptional need or challenge. I love to incorporate brain-based strategies into parenting, education, and development. My goal is to support parents and families to help their gifted and talented children become more joyful and effective in school and in life.


The Orchard Human Services, Inc.; PsychoNeuroEducational Institute, LLC ( American Counseling Association; Council for Exceptional Children;

Publications,, Envision Health, The Local News


My educational background includes a Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education, a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a PhD Candidate, pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology with a focus on Integrated Approaches For Developmental and Mental Health Challenges including Autism. My life has been with rich with such experiences as a parent and grandparent; teaching special education, piano and dance; as well as tutoring college students from the undergraduate to graduate level. The sum total of my experiences, education and life has left me with a tender heart for gifted children. Their special gifts can leave them vulnerable in unusual ways, and we need to handle them with kid gloves so that their innocence and inner beauty are preserved as they grow into adulthood.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Children who are gifted and talented have specialized neural connections in the brain that support these wonderful abilities. Parents can benefit from learning how to help children develop to maximize areas of giftedness and talent while also promoting healthy growth and development in the areas that are not as highly advanced.

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Recent Answers from Darleen Claire Wodzenski, MS ESE, MA CMHC, PhD Candidate

2015-04-19 Advanced twin 5 year olds:

Dear Stephanie,    I am about to walk out the door to my dauther's 21st birthday dinner! But I wanted you to have a response right away because this is important. So I will give you a direct and brief

2015-03-16 Crafts for gifted kids:

Kelly    Hello again, my friend! You ask amazing questions.    As I am sure you know, creative arts - including arts and crafts - engage the whole brain! New neural connections are created or reinforced

2015-03-14 Board games for kids:

Hello, Kelly    I am so happy that you are on top of the finer aspects of your child's development. Playing games is a great way to have fun while your child balances out the spectrum of abilities. Of

2015-01-20 2 year old advanced?:

Dear Kayla,    I am so very glad that you asked this question. You are right on target being concerned about your child’s current school situation. I am going to respond with two different aspects of this

2015-01-15 Free Range Parenting:

Dear Donna    You bring up a really good question. Just the fact that you are asking this question tells me how responsible and attentive you are to your child's safety needs.    The article about 'free


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