About Neurologically Gifted

Neurologically Gifted is your source for support, information, tools and strategies for living with neurological differences and neurochemical disorders including, but not limited to,

  • Tourette Syndrome (TS)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Our information is geared towards parents, educators, affected individuals, and their friends.  It will focus primarily on Tourette Syndrome (TS), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), however the challenges, strategies and tools will have applications to many other neurological difference disorders as well as those individuals who can be described as neurotypical.

You will find support in the form of information, explanations, strategies and discussion tailored for the needs of our audience: parents will gain insight from two TS+ experienced parents, teachers/educators will learn from a seasoned lead educator, individuals who have TS+ will be able to reflect on the experiences and musings of 2 adults who deal with the daily challenges these disorders bring, and friends and family members will benefit from learning and gaining an understanding of why we Touretters are driven to do what we do.

Neurologically Gifted Blog

Visit our dynamic blog which will provide insights, news, education, anecdotes, struggles, experiences, tools, strategies and tips for living with and educating yourself and others touched by those with neurochemical differences.

Visit frequently as we grow and add to our information and blogs.  Together, we will build a great source of support and information through your questions and our shared insights and experiences.

Who We Are

We are professionals, a Vice Principal and Special Educator, and Registered Nurse.  We are a successful family profoundly affected by neurological disorder.  Within our family of five we share and manage successfully with Tourette Syndrome (TS), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), and Learning Disabilities.  We have our struggles and failures, and move forward.  We have learned  to celebrate our strengths and to support each others’ weaknesses and foster constant personal growth.   We want to share our experiences and knowledge and offer support to anyone seeking assistance in living with, loving, or teaching those persons who experience neurological differences.  We have lots to share.

Visit often as our website grows with information, discussion and opportunities.  We look forward to continued growth.

Contact Neurologically Gifted

Find us on our FaceBook Page:  Neurologically Gifted:  Understanding Challenges in Neurological Disorder

Google Plus:  Ken Shyminsky 

Twitter:  @KenShyminsky or @JulieLSpratt

LinkedIn:  Ken Shyminsky

Presentation Abstracts:

As a public speaker, Ken Shyminsky provides working sessions for educators (educational assistants, teachers, special educators, and administrators).  He also provides sessions for parents of children who suffer from neurological disorders. His interactive presentations can range from 2 hours in length, to a full day.

Ken draws knowledge from his own life experiences as a student with TS+, a teacher of children affected by neurological disorders, and a parent of 3 sons who are all affected by a myriad of neurological disorders (Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Rage, and Learning Disorders). Despite this multitude of obstacles, his children continue to grow socially as well as academically, and his family is thriving. These successes illustrate the effectiveness of the strategies Ken has applied.

In his Educators’ Presentation, Ken provides insight and understanding of the behaviours that educators face when teaching children with neurological disorders. Proven teaching strategies are presented and explained to provide educators with a basis for effective application and instruction. Most importantly, Ken shares his process for solving TS+ related challenges in the classroom, providing his audience with a structure for solving unique problems as they arise. Finally, he brings to light the realities and challenges that exist in the homes of neurologically affected children, providing educators with true understanding, and methods to strengthen communication and relationships between the school and home.

Ken’s Parent Presentation fosters an understanding of the range of neurological disorders, and teaches effective responses to manage children’s symptoms while supporting their diverse needs. As a parent who also has neurological disorders himself, Ken is intimately aware of how and why these disorders manifest in children. Coupling this with his instructional background and knowledge of behaviour modification as an educator, Ken explains many of his own self-devised parenting strategies for effective management of difficult (neurologically based) situations in the home context. Of equal importance, Ken teaches parents how to document and ensure parents are doing all they can to support their child and their child’s safety in the context of a home that is affected by rage. In addition, Ken shares his expertise as a special education teacher and vice principal and explains school processes to provide parents with the correct vocabulary and approach to effectively present their concerns to the school in a positive and productive manner.



Understanding Challenges in Neurological Disorder

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