Parent Enrichment

2021-22 Speaker Series

The Parent Enrichment Series offers presenters and discussion topics to provide parents with resources, contacts, and insights into life with gifted children.

Sessions will begin at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., after morning and afternoon classes begin.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents while listening to professionals involved with the gifted community.  If you have a child enrolled this term, you are welcome to join the program in the parent room.  Anyone can join virtually with or without an enrolled student.  

Zoom Call Information:
Meeting ID: 885 7805 6067
Passcode: 484424   

We look forward to working with you to help our community face the challenges of educating our children during these difficult times.

Week 1, 1/29:  Welcome & Parent Orientation

Join us to learn more about The Super Saturday Program, share your experiences, and benefit from others’ experiences with gifted students.  We welcome and encourage both new and returning parents.  This program is enriched with the diversity of all parents attending.  


Week 2, 2/5:  Does your child struggle with social skills and making friends?  Does your child have big emotions s/he has difficulty regulating?  

Live 9:45-11:15am, Recap 12:45-2:15pm

Come hear two Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center experts, Becca Patrick and Jenna Ruberg, talk about the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) and Emotional Regulation Intensive Outpatient Program.  The PEERS® is a social skills training intervention developed at UCLA by Elizabeth Laugeson (author of The Science of Making Friends) to support individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other social disorders who have difficulty with peer interactions and relationships.  The program imparts skills related to making and keeping friends, and counsels on handling conflict, rejection and bullying.  Regulating Together Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is based the philosophy that helping a child or teen requires a family-based approach. 

Presenters:  Becca Patrick and Jenna Ruberg, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Jenna Ruberg is an independently licensed clinical and research social worker at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate social work degrees at The Ohio State University and has been in the field for twelve years. Her experience ranges from therapeutic corrections, to acute mental health, to pediatric psychiatry with a current focus on individuals with co-occurring mental health and developmental needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. She provides individual and family therapy using a variety of modalities including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a certified PEERS group facilitator and involved in the creation and implementation of the Regulating Together group curriculum.

Becca Patrick is an independently licensed clinical social worker at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  She completed her undergraduate at Miami University and graduate social work degree at University of Cincinnati and has been in the field for almost 20 years.  Her experience ranges from medical social work to foster care support, community mental health and pediatric psychiatry with current focus on individuals with co-occurring mental health and developmental needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She provides individual and family therapy using a variety of modalities including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Applied Behavioral Analysis.  She is a PEERS group facilitator and was a part of the inaugural implementation of PEERS 5 years ago at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

Week 3, 2/12:  The Super Saturday Program’s Annual Meeting & Summer Camp Discussion

Live 9:45-11:15am, Recap 12:45-2:15pm

Curious about The Super Saturday Program?  Come join our annual meeting presented primarily by Mark Dillon, The Super Saturday CEO.  Get the inside scoop on the current year operations and financials, vote on board members, and hear goals for the coming year.  This is your opportunity to participate in board discussions and ask questions.  This is Mark’s last presentation as CEO, so come thank him for his many years of service.
Summer Camp Share Session: Summer will be here before you know it.  This popular session helps get a jump start on planning your child’s summer activities.  This interactive session will help you find great local, virtual, and sleep away options that have a track record of success with gifted children. Moderated by Maggie Gunnerson.

Presenters:  PAGE Board Members

Mark Dillon is a Super Saturday parent and has served on the board in various positions for the last 6 years.  Mark currently serves as the PAGE Board CEO, which has certainly been a tough job during the pandemic.  This will be his last term on the board and he will be greatly missed.  

Maggie Gunnerson is also a Super Saturday parent.  She has served on the board for 3 years, both as parent room coordinator and currently campus operations.  If you enjoy the parent programs, please be sure to thank Maggie for her tireless work in getting great topics and speakers to us.


Week 4, 2/19:  Supercharge your kids:  Essential Knowledge for the Future of Work

Live 9:45-11:15am and 12:45-2:15pm

We want our kids to have a good job and equate that to a good life, but are we really preparing our kids for the future? This talk explores how the world is changing and what that means for our kids’ future, including how tech has changed the work world, new areas young people are using to make money, what kids need to learn that they aren’t being taught, and how kids can prepare for the future by starting NOW.

Presenter:  Steve Schneider

Stephen is a software developer by day and an author by night. He lives with his wife, 6 kids, 4 dogs, and multiple cats in Northeast Ohio.

Week 5, 2/26:  Let’s Talk About It

Live 9:45-11:15am and 12:45-2:15pm

Former Super Saturday Parent and Board Member, Jamie Overbey, will once again use proven techniques from his work as a Master Chair for Vistage Worldwide to help us help each other. 

Let’s leverage our community of parents of gifted children to have real conversations about real issues.  What looks like help for you and your family?  What major decisions and big issues are you working on?  What’s getting in the way of accomplishing your life plan and the dreams of your children?  Let’s talk about it!

Presenter:  Jamie Overbey, Vistage Worldwide

Jamie Overbey is a former Super Saturday parent and board member. As his kids have grown, he has been a great supporter of both the teen leader and parent programs.  We are excited to have him back to share the tools and techniques he uses as a Master chair for Vintage Worldwide.