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Western Australia's association for gifted support, advocacy and resources

Welcome to Gifted WA

We’re dedicated to meeting the social, emotional and intellectual needs of young people of higher cognitive potential.

Whether you want to learn more about giftedness, twice exceptionality, attend educational events, network, find resources or, help to advocate, our passionate team will help you. 

Our work ranges from creating events for gifted parents and families, professional development for teachers, networking, research, offering support for people in crisis, working with low socio-economic schools and meeting with policymakers

 

On teaching gifted children  – Educator in Focus

 

Brooke Healy thoroughly enjoys the in-depth conversations and learning a gifted child brings to the classroom.

“I love the different perspective and challenge that teaching a gifted child brings… As complex as it can be, I enjoy figuring out the best way that they learn and what they truly need to help them reach their potential,” she says.

Nothing warms her heart more than seeing a gifted child (actually any child) “run into the classroom with a big smile on their face”.

And “I think teachers need to understand that teaching a gifted child requires the same or sometimes more planning, thinking and time that a child with other additional learning difficulties needs,“ she adds.

 

Gifted WA Events 2019

More events to be posted shortly

2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional

Western Australian Launch

Monday, 15 April 2019
from 18:30-21:00

Location: University of Western Australia, Alexander Lecture Theatre

2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional’ is a documentary following the personal journeys of of high school students who have been identified as “twice exceptional” – gifted individuals with additional learning labels or needs. (trailer http://2emovie.com/ )

It shows illuminating interviews with students, parents, teachers, psychologists and therapists.

Brought to Perth by Gifted WA and the Australian Association for the Education of Gifted and Talented (AAEGT), the movie is an honest, bare and thought provoking account of what it’s like to be the parent or teacher of someone who is twice exceptional — a young person who’s both gifted and coming to terms with a learning difference.

2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional is produced and directed by film maker Thomas Ropelewski, who is also a parent of a gifted child with ADHD.

In addition, parents and teachers will have the opportunity to question ECU Post Doctoral Fellow and teacher Dr Eileen Slater, psychotherapist Dr Kate Burton and parent/teacher/researcher Kimberley Perry on a panel facilitated by vice president of the AAEGT, Melinda Gindy.

This event is a rare opportunity for further understanding the parenting and teaching needs of twice exceptional children.

As with most of our Gifted WA events, members are free, all staff belonging to a member school are free, and there is a small charge for non-members.

Click Here to register

 

 

Other Event on the Events Page

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Tuesday 19 March, 10.30am-12pm

Morning Tea in the City. 

This is an informal catch-up and chat for parents living and working in or near Perth city, and facilitated by the Gifted WA Chairperson, Dean Tollis. Come along for some or all of the morning to The LouVe Cafe in the Alluvian building behind BHP in the city, 58 Mounts Bay Road, Perth CBD. 

This is a free event and there is no need to register, just come along and introduce yourself!

Tuesday 19 March, 6.30-8.00pm – 

Belonging: Reflections on Gifted Children and Friendship

Presentation followed by a Q&A Panel discussing friendship and social skills in gifted children. Hosted by Mrs Jennifer Burton and Dr Kate Burton of Gifted WA. Panel members include graduates of Gifted and Talented Programs who will reflect on their journey in relation to friendship and belonging. 

This is an event targeted at parents, teachers and other professionals (there is no provision for children to attend). 

This is a free event for Gifted WA members, however please register so we can plan for catering and seating.  Click HERE to register (non-members $25). This event is being held at Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley campus.

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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.