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Schedule an online consultation via Calendly. I do all parent consultations on Zoom (or phone if you prefer). Most consults last 1.5-2 hours, but may be longer for more than one child, or complex situations. I specialize in the Puget Sound area, but can also be helpful for many families across the US. A sliding scale is available for financial need. Learn more about what things I can help you with and my hold harmless agreement.

I'm always happy to answer whatever I can briefly via email for free. Contact me at austina@smartisnoteasy.com

Professional development and school district consulting fees are available on request.

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Dr. Austina De Bonte

Austina De Bonte is a consultant, speaker, coach, and advocate for gifted and twice-exceptional students with Smart is not Easy, LLC (smartisnoteasy.com). She is also President of the WA Coalition for Gifted Education (wacoalition.com), Past President of NW Gifted Child Association (nwgca.org), member of the NAGC Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (nagc.org), and Advisor to The G Word documentary (thegwordfilm.com). A dynamic and engaging presenter, Austina speaks regularly at regional and national conferences, as well as conducts professional development workshops for educators, and provides consulting for individual families. She works with school district teams to develop and fine-tune their program models, especially concerning equitable identification strategies. Her signature style combines her experience as a student, parent, and family consultant along with synthesized research, current district practices, and cutting-edge neuroscience. She has particular passion for supporting gifted and twice-exceptional students in public schools and helping families get to the root causes of their child’s challenges, looking beyond the usual suspects. She received the NAGC Carolyn Callahan Doctoral Student Award (2023), People to Watch by Variations 2e Magazine (2020), WAETAG Advocacy Award (2019), has won three PTA Outstanding Advocate awards, and is a trained SENG facilitator. She has a Masters degree from MIT (1998) and a Doctoral degree in twice exceptional education from The Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education (2024). Contact Austina at austina@smartisnoteasy.com  Read Austina's CV.