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
Term 2 2019
More events to be posted shortly
Maintaining motivation, interest and achievement in students who are gifted
Date: Thursday 13th June 2019
Venue: Mt Lawley Senior High School
Time: 6:30 – 8pm and is free to members.
Presenter: Dr Catherine Wormald from The University of Wollongong
Once a student has been identified as gifted and the needs and characteristics have been recognised by parents and teachers, the next step is to ensure that an appropriate program is implemented. Many schools are achieving this and students are keen and interested to go to school. A student’s schooling though is generally for 13 years, how then do teachers and parents keep their students who are gifted, motivated, interested and achieving at school. This presentation will discuss ideas and pathways for keeping students who are gifted engaged. Opportunity will be provided for discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies.
Further details and information about how to book can be found on the link below:
Click Here to register
2e2: Teaching the Twice Exceptional
Western Australian Launch
Monday, 15 April 2019
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
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 –
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.
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.