Should I get my child assessed?

One of the most common questions we are asked is “Should I get my child assessed?” The answer to that question varies as everyone is different. It will depend on the individual needs of each family. There are a range of reasons why you may choose to have an assessment for your child. Our most […]

What is the difference between an assessment and a test?

With over 30 years of experience working with gifted children, Helen Dudeney from Australian Gifted Support Centre, addresses a very common question; “Should I have my child assessed?” After hearing from a friend, a teacher or family member who has observed your child’s above average abilities and said: “you should get them assessed!”, parents often […]

Birthdays with Gifted and Socially Challenged Kids

  Sometimes out brightest kids find they are rarely invited to a party or if they are, find they don’t have the social skills to “have fun” and “fit in” at these social gatherings. Problems that can arise include Not knowing what to say Saying inappropriate (but true) things Finding the food difficult – this […]

What are Study Skills

WHAT ARE STUDY SKILLS? What are study skills and can they be learned? How much did you learn at school?  It was probably a few years ago – you can probably remember some of the things you learned, but maybe not as much as you should.  How did you cope with studying?  Did you deal […]

ADHD – What does it look like?

ADHD – What does it look like? Do you think your child has ADHD?  Your child may be inattentive in class, or fidgety.  Or perhaps they often do things without thinking about the consequences.  Perhaps they’ve been labelled “naughty” or “troublesome”. Your child may be high spirited or easily distracted because their thoughts are elsewhere, […]

What are Social Skills?

WHAT ARE SOCIAL SKILLS? We all want to be liked.  We may not all crave to be the most popular, but we do need friends, and it’s certainly something we want for our kids.  While some children seem to have a natural knack for jumping into a group and feeling right at home, some children […]

Social Skills for Gifted Children

Social skills are the skills we use to get along with other people. Often we take our social skills for granted, without recognising how complex they are.  Much of what your child learns occurs in a social situation so these skills are necessary for the effectiveness of their education and, consequently, their self esteem.  A […]

WHAT IS GUT HEALTH?

You’ve been wandering around online, reading about ways to help your kids and you’ve come across the term “gut health” – often in articles about brain function and mental ability. Maybe you’re wondering what the connection is between gut and brain? Recent advances have shown that the efficient functioning of the gut has a direct […]

Christmas Toys Worth Giving

Part 1 – Promoting Social Interaction and Confidence How many times have you given a costly or complicated toy to a child who either: a) got more value out of the packaging; or b) ended up with a tear stained face and some bits of broken plastic; or c) tried really hard but just couldn’t […]

The Importance of Working Memory

Is this you? – Do you forget where you left your keys, but clearly remember incidents from your childhood? – Do you go to the supermarket, even go to the right aisle and then forget what you need? – Do you start a sentence and forget what you were going to say? – Do you […]