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Failure is Fun…damental - Dr Matt Zakreski – Family Session

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Failure is Fun…damental - Dr Matt Zakreski – Family Session

Family Session

Failure is one of the most challenging aspects of life for neurodivergent folks to manage.  We spent so much time thinking about it, worrying about it, planning for it, and then dealing with it.  But failure is an unavoidable part of life.  Instead of becoming hopeless when faced with that reality, this talk focuses on how to identify the positive aspects of failure, from teachable moments to opportunities to build resiliency.  By accepting the reality and inevitably of failure, we lessen its negative impact on us.  This talk will focus on how to build resiliency and navigate failure in the best possible ways.

Session Presenter

Dr Matt Zakreski

Dr Matt Zakreski

Matthew “Dr. Matt” Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinical psychologist who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his neurodiverse clients.  He is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor, and a researcher on Giftedness.  He has spoken over 200 times all over the world about supporting neurodiverse 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 and lead clinician at The Neurodiversity Collective.

Event Hours(1)

  • Mon 20th Feb

    18.00 - 19.00

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