Welcome to Gifted WA

Western Australia’s State Association for the Gifted

Hello, and welcome to Gifted WA! We are an association located in Perth, Western Australia that is dedicated to the balanced development of students of higher cognitive potential. Our  mission is to provide support to parents, educators and other professionals who have an interest in gifted young people. We aim to create networks that focus on nurturing the gifted child as a whole; this holistic approach encourages our responsibility to meet the needs of gifted children academically, socially and emotionally. 

We have identified four focal areas of the association: supporting teachers to establish professional networks, providing advocacy for Gifted and Talented education at a policy and state level, providing educational and networking opportunities for parents, and providing a range of resources in relation to gifted children to anyone who is interested. 

Gifted WA is committed to the needs of all gifted young people, and our focus is on nuturing the whole child. We seek to promote awareness and understanding in relation to giftedness among educators, families, policymakers, and the wider community.

If you have any questions or would like more information about who we are and what we do then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Events

 

Term 4, 2017

Our next event is our AGM and will be held at Wesley College, Come along and add your voice to what you think our committee can do to help gifted young people in 2018. Please see the attached flyer for further information..

 

Previous Events:

Term 1, 2017

With anxiety affecting many gifted people, it’s no wonder that tonight’s Gifted WA event on ‘perfectionism and anxiety in gifted children’ at Edith Cowan University was sold out.

Almost 80 people listened to Alchemy Therapy psychotherapist, Dr. Kate Burton, explain that perfectionism and anxiety caused behaviours like refusing to engage, fight or flight, constant checking and physical harm among others.  If not dealt with, it could lead to really serious problems in adulthood.

Tonight, Kate made clear that acceleration was under-utilised and research consistently showed it was necessary to extend gifted children early and consistently. Enrichment, such as pull out programs was just not enough.

It was a supportive environment as teachers, parents and professionals scribbled notes throughout Kate’s presentation and afterward mingled, and opened up lines of communication.

And while the parents learned about perfectionism, Just Improvise and Glen Hall kept almost 40 children mentally and physically stimulated with activities encouraging children to be themselves, be flexible and to be imperfect. 

Term 2, 2017

Identifying gifted students is often not as easy a task as we may assume! Not all gifted students are high achievers: some deliberately mask their abilities, while others, especially the twice-exceptional (or gifted and learning disabled), may fly under the radar in the regular classroom. When students have difficult or chaotic home lives, the challenge of identifying gifted young people becomes even more complicated!

Teachers and parents spent an evening listening to the research of Dr. Eileen Slater and Dr. Steven Martin, both of whom have a passionate interest in alternative methods of identifying gifted children. Eileen is particularly interested in identifying students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, while Steven has a passion for incorporating philosophy when identifying and working with gifted children and young people.

The event was held at Comet Bay College and hosted by Dr. Peter Merrotsy.

Term 4, 2017

This event was held at Scitech on October 16th, 2017. We held a Q&A Panel focusing on research presented at the 22nd Biennial World Conference – Global Perspectives in Gifted Education.  Tickets were free for members and $20 for non-members. Gifted kids will be better catered for, and happier, if educators and parents teach growth mindset, critical & creative thinking, resilience, persistence and then ‘get out of the way’. This was the key message from the recent world conference about Global Perspectives in Gifted Education. Worldwide, Australia is doing ok in educating and supporting our gifted, but we should improve the link between universities and schools. Thanks to panel members who shared their conference highlights, Scitech for hosting us, and to the parents and educators who joined in the friendly, informal discussion.”

Membership

We’re passionate about supporting the balanced development of all gifted children and adolescents. We are a not-for-profit organisation and in order to provide this support we rely on membership fees. Gifted WA is affiliated with the AAEGT (Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented). When you become a member of Gifted WA you automatically become a member of AAEGT and receive the associated benefits related to this. This includes access to online journals and discounts to national conferences.

By becoming a member of Gifted WA you’ll also be the first to hear about our latest events, have access to up-to-date research, while also helping us in our mission to improve academic, social and emotional outcomes for all gifted young people via our advocacy and awareness efforts at both state and national level.

We are happy to advise that online membership application is available via this page. Alternatively, to register your interest, or just to find out more about who we are and what we do, please feel free to get in touch via our contact form.