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Responses from the open-ended questions indicated that parents attended the workshop for three main reasons. First, parents wanted to understand their gifted child and learn to handle their needs better. Second, parents wanted to gain insight into their child’s world and relate to them better. Third, parents reported that they attended because they were their child’s greatest advocates and did not want them to slip through the cracks. Many participants declared that certain information was especially helpful such as the personal stories related by the presenters about their own gifted children. To add, participants in the workshop reported overwhelming satisfaction with the quality of the workshops and a desire to attend another session. The research fosters the idea that parental workshops are effective for parents if the information provided addresses their needs.
In the past at P.S./M.S. 282, the middle school parents attended a high school admission workshop in September. The school counselor creates folders with all the information regarding the high admission process for both student and parent. Still, there are parents that attended the workshop and received the folder that are confused about the high school admission process. For the purpose of this study, parents were verbally informed about the intent of this dissertation. Parents had the option to accept or decline participation in the