Sleep

Many of the clients we see mention the problems they or their children have regarding sleep. For some it is difficulties with getting ready for bed, others find they lie awake for long periods of time before they fall asleep and others describe that while getting to sleep isn’t a problem, they often find themselves […]

A letter from a gifted student

My Dear Teacher, I looked forward to going to school for a long time. When my deep and never-ending curiosity and unimaginable questions wore out the grown-ups around me, I simply said to myself “My teacher will be able to answer all of my questions when I go to school…” When my imagination made the […]

Welcome to School at Home

Significant events like the spread of COVID-19 or a school closure, can create a lot of anxiety in both children and adults. When there is this kind of uncertainty and confusion, it’s important to focus on the things we can do as this can help to reduce some of those larger anxieties. While talking to […]

Christmas Parties with Gifted and Socially Challenged Kids

One of the many challenges our brightest kids find is that they don’t have the social skills to “have fun” and “fit in” at social gatherings. This can cause a number of problems especially at a time like Christmas when families find themselves invited to more social events than they normally would be throughout the […]

Resilience

We often hear about the need to build resilience in our children. What do we mean by resilience? Why is it important? How can we help our children become more resilient? Resilience is a word that means the ability to return to the original position or form after being bent, compressed or stretched. It also […]

How to be a Good Loser

One of the skills we should try to master in life is how to be gracious in defeat. It is highly likely that we will not always win. Some will get around this by not playing the game. But then miss out on all the fun. Very Young Children When a 3 year old doesn’t […]

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 […]