In this episode, we are honored to have Dr. Matt Zakreski, a clinical psychologist, joining us to discuss neurodiversity, autism, and gifted children in our classrooms. Dr. Zakreski brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our conversation, and we will be delving into various considerations for such kids in education, and in Fine Arts education in particular.
One of the topics we will be exploring is the importance of the arts in helping neurodivergent kids express themselves. As singers and educators, we know firsthand the transformative power of music, and Dr. Zakreski will be sharing his insights on how the arts can provide a safe and nurturing environment for neurodivergent kids to explore their creativity and connect with others.
So, whether you are a music educator, a parent of a neurodivergent child, or simply interested in learning more about the intersection of psychology and the arts, this episode is not to be missed. Let’s dive in!
You can listen from the widgets below which will take you to Apple or Castbox to finish listening, or you can find the show on Google Play, Spotify, Youtube or Stitcher!
Matthew “Dr. Matt” Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinical psychologist who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his neurodivergent clients. He is proud to serve the Gifted community as a consultant, a professor, an author, and a researcher. He has spoken over 200 times all over the world about supporting neurodivergent kids. Dr. Zakreski is a member of Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC), and Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE). Dr. Zakreski graduated from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) in 2016. He is the co-founder of The Neurodiversity Collective.
Find Dr. Matt on Facebook
- Car Thoughts
- Choir Director Probs
- Choralosophy Book Club
- Covid Conversations
- Educational Philosophy
- Human Diversity
- Instruction and Assessment
- Lori Sonnenberg
- Oxford Series
- Politics and Current Events
- Student Perspectives
Marie Grass Amenta says
Sounds so interesting. As the mother of a non-verbal son with autism (who has perfect pitch) and two gifted sons (one could read at 2 and is a mathematician and physicist and the other, also with perfect pitch, now with 3 advanced degrees in piano performance), this is of huge interest to me. Will take a look later this weekend. I have blogged many times what the arts, music in particular, means to folks who are neurodivergent here on ChoralNet and have even shared some of my autistic son’s collages. Way to go, fellow ChoralNet blogger!
Marie Grass Amenta,
Choral Potpourri/Choral Ethics Blog