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Workshops and Seminars on Giftedness


What is giftedness? Who are gifted children? Are they different from the average child? What are their characteristics? If gifted children have high intelligence, why do some of them underachieve? Is it possible for a child with a disability (dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum, etc) to be gifted as well? 


Do you have a child who may be gifted? At home? In school? Or are you able to identify such a child? How do you do that? What do you need to look out for? Are you able to differentiate between a bright and a gifted child? Have you been confused about a child’s ability in your class – or at home? A child that you feel answers questions very well but is not able to perform well in tests? A spaced out child? A daydreamer?


Have you heard these lines before – “I already know this stuff, I don't want to do these activities” or “I'm bored, I wish I could do something different”? Do you want to discover the potential of this child? Do you want to understand strategies that can help such a child? Do you think a differentiated lesson plan would help them unleash their potential? 


If you are interested in all the issues mentioned above, you would need to understand what giftedness is all about.
There are various /Seminars/Workshops/Talks offered in the area on Giftedness. All workshops can be customised for the target audience. Please email us for further details. 


 

Some of the main workshops offered are listed below:


Workshop 1: Unlocking Giftedness Understanding the Mysterious Child in Your Class

This workshop is specially designed for classroom teachers and facilitators for the gifted, curriculum developers, early child development students or specialists, parents of gifted children, special educators, counsellors, or any educational-based staff who want to understand the secrets behind giftedness and how to tackle a gifted child.


With the distinct characteristics of gifted children, they may appear challenging. Unfortunately, some teachers misunderstand these challenges and believe that their student is being “difficult”, a term used by a number of teachers in silently labelling these children. In reality, giftedness is usually associated with above average academic performance, which puts every other child in the average category, hence the common treatment. However, this may not be the case. High achievers and giftedness may well be two different categories of performers. It must be noted that gifted children may not perform in academics due to various reasons and most importantly, neglect. Therefore, this workshop is to create awareness amongst teachers of potentially gifted and highly able children of the different types of gifted children that exist in our society. It will focus on basic knowledge about giftedness specifically for parents. Some misconceptions on giftedness will also be addressed.

   
It is rather ironic that some of our world’s most highly-able children get the least amount of education and attention appropriate for their particular learning needs and styles.  In every class there are students who will require the curriculum to be modified to ensure the provision of appropriate challenge for their learning. When their potential does not meet the provision for their learning, they become neglected and dejected. This may lead to underachievement, anti-social and self-destructive behaviours. Gifted children present an additional challenge in that they already know most of the content and will be able to learn what they may not know in much less time than the rest of the students in your class. 


 

In this workshop, participants will learn some interesting truths about gifted children and their existence in the regular classroom. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify some gifted children and will have the tools necessary to reach the academic, intellectual and emotional needs of gifted students.



 

Workshop 2: Understanding, Identifying and Teaching Gifted Pre-schoolers 

Research has shown that development of gifted pre-schoolers is often overlooked because we fear "labelling" them too young. Dispel the myths associated with gifted pre-schoolers as studies show that the first five years of a child’s life have a great impact on intellectual development for future learning. Hence, identification and recognition at an early stage is crucial for gifted pre-schoolers.


This interactive workshop offers teachers and parents understanding, strategies, and techniques designed to enhance learning among gifted pre-schoolers. It will also offer participants some practical guidelines for managing the challenges and rewards of working with gifted and talented pre-schoolers in their classrooms. Participants will be engaged in whole class instruction, interaction, and discussion, small group lessons, collaborative work groups, and independent tasks.


Specifically, this workshop aims to help participants:


• Understand giftedness in general
• Explore major current definitions of giftedness
• Identify gifted behaviours that teachers and parents might observe in young children
• Examine screening and assessment tools
• Sample curriculum models that can adapted for preschool gifted learners
• Analyse assessment and grading issues
• Gain an appreciation of the social and emotional lives of pre-schoolers as they learn affective strategies to support their young learners.

This workshop would be beneficial for preschool teachers/principals, parents of pre-schoolers, students in early childhood education and anyone interested in understanding and educating gifted pre-schoolers.



 

Seminar 1: Giftedness 101: An Introduction to Giftedness for Parents

Is your child bright? Or do you feel your child is smart but underachieving? Have you ever thought that your child may be gifted? Parents of highly able children often face challenges when dealing with their children. Unfortunately, some parents misunderstand these challenges and believe that their child is being “difficult”, a term used by a number of parents of highly able children. In reality, giftedness is usually associated with above average academic performance, which puts every other child in the average category, hence the common treatment. However, this may not be the case. High achievers and giftedness may well be two different categories of performers. It must be noted that gifted children may not perform in academics due to various reasons and most importantly, neglect. Therefore, this introductory seminar is to create awareness amongst parents of potentially gifted and highly able children of the different types of gifted children that exist in our society. It will focus on basic knowledge about giftedness specifically for parents. Some misconceptions on giftedness will also be addressed. 

  
Objective: To create awareness and increase understanding of giftedness amongst parents in order to empower them to fully develop their children’s potential.


 

Seminar 2: Identifying and Nurturing Early Giftedness


What is a gifted child? Bright kids? Kids who can read? Kids who are good at sports, music? Kids with academic excellence? Let’s find out! Recognising giftedness in pre-schoolers is important so they can be guided to maximise their early intellectual development. Research has shown that development of gifted pre-schoolers is often overlooked because we fear “labelling” them too young. Dispel the myths associated with gifted pre-schoolers, and discover practical strategies for meeting their needs. This seminar will help preschool teachers/principals, parents of pre-schoolers, students in early childhood education and anyone interested in understanding early giftedness in children. The focus is the young gifted, specifically on recognising and nurturing early giftedness. It would help create awareness and develop an understanding of how to recognise giftedness in young children through looking at strengths and interests rather than simply labelling and through the use of ‘talent portfolios’. Participants will be briefed on the distinct characteristics of the young gifted and tips on encouraging development through use of suitable enrichment activities. Studies have indicated that gifted children have a “supercharged” brain that actually burns twice the glucose of an adult brain, hence appropriate enrichment is of optimal importance. 


This seminar aims to help participants with the general understanding of:


• Early giftedness in general
• Characteristic traits of the young gifted 
• The influence of nature vs. nurture
• Asynchronous/Uneven development
• The identification process and assessment
• Suitable enrichment for the young gifted
• Appreciation of the social and emotional lives of pre-schoolers as they learn effective strategies to support young learners.

This seminar would be beneficial for preschool or elementary teachers/principals, parents, students in early childhood education and anyone interested in identifying and nurturing the young gifted.



 

Seminar 3: Understanding Giftedness (For Educators)


What is giftedness? Who are gifted children? Are they different from the average child? What are their characteristics? Is there a child in your class who may be gifted? Or are you able to identify such a child? How do you do that? What do you need to look out for? Have you been confused about a child’s ability in your class? Have you heard these lines before – “I already know this stuff, I don't want to do these activities” or “I'm bored, I wish I could do something different”? 


Teachers who are not aware of the existence of gifted children often face challenges when dealing with this special group in the classroom. This leads to most teachers misunderstanding the challenges they face, hence getting labelled as being “difficult”. This not only demotivates the child but also restricts their potential and disrupts the entire class. Therefore, this introductory seminar is to create awareness amongst teachers who may have potentially gifted and highly able children of the different types of gifted children that exist in the classrooms. It will focus on basic knowledge about giftedness specifically for teachers and how to identify and eventually understand them. Some misconceptions on giftedness will also be addressed.  

 
Objective: To create awareness and increase understanding of giftedness amongst teachers in order to empower them to fully develop their children’s potential.

 

This is an introductory seminar for teachers to understand what giftedness is all about. It promises to be an “eye-opener” seminar that will make teachers view children in their classroom differently and more positively. 

 

This seminar would be beneficial for teachers/principals, students in early childhood education and anyone interested in identifying and understanding the young gifted.


 

Seminar 4: How Can Parents Identify Common Characteristics in Gifted Children


Gifted children have distinct characteristics that differs them from average children. The best people to identify gifted children are parents, as early identification would help parents develop the potential of their young child through educational materials and exposure. This talk will focus on traits that are common among gifted children and what can be done to enhance their potential.


 

Seminar 5: Parenting Young Gifted Children 


Do you have a young child? Do you think your child is displaying early signs of advanced abilities? Could your child be gifted? If so, this workshop will address the identification, characteristics, and socio-emotional needs of this young population with gifted potential. Participants will learn about the special needs of these young students and how schools and parents can support their growth. They would also be exposed to some strategies and activities that will help to foster and sustain a sense of wonder and a love of learning.
 

 
Seminar 6: Raising Highly Able Teens: The Ultimate Adolescent Challenge
 
Parenting on its own is a complicated task. What more parenting a teenager who is highly able, who has a mind of her/his own and stands by self-made decisions, who knows she/he is bright, who defies parents and adults, and the list goes on. Living with highly able teenagers presents numerous challenges to the family structure so much so that this can stretch a family's patience. Issues that will be discussed include perfectionism, peer pressure, sibling rivalry, expectations and friendship. In this workshop, parents will also learn strategies to establish family guidelines, create comfortable home environments, and foster assets that will result in talented, competent, and responsible teens, which will improve their relationships.
 
 
Seminar 7:  The Gifted Child and the Friendship Factor
 
In this session, friendship and giftedness will be addressed. The friendship factor investigates the importance of friends for the gifted child, and discusses some theories related to gifted behaviour and relationship building. Strategies to increase your child's EQ and social competencies will be discussed. Audience will also learn how to construct the home environment that will nurture a gifted child's social/cognitive skills and increase the quality of their relationships.
 
 
Seminar 8:  Understanding and Counselling Highly Able Children
 
Inability on parents’ part to understand highly able children causes many disturbances in parent-child relationship. This workshop will discuss characteristics distinct to highly able children and how to develop positive traits and deal with negative ones. Participants will also learn about the social and personal issues of this group, perfectionism, emotional sensitivity and over excitability of the emotionally gifted and stress management. Strategies will be presented in dealing with these children in this interactive session.


Note 1: This seminar can be customised for teachers as well.
Note 2: All workshops/seminars can be customised to suit the needs of target audience (namely teachers and parents).