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2.8.7 Do short term programs have a place in providing for gifted children?

This symposium will provide details about a range of short term enrichment/extension programs offered in 5 states/territories around Australia during the past 5 - 10 years, including weekend camps, regular monthly support groups, and term long one-day programs. In all cases, one of the main goals of the program is to support the social and emotional development and psychological well-being of those attending. The presentation details selection criteria and nature of the group and will provide both qualitative and quantitative data. This data has been collected with standardised tools, questionnaires, and anecdotal data from parents and participants.

Author(s):

Helen Dudeney
helen@australiangiftedsupport.com
AUSTRALIAN GIFTED SUPPORT CENTRE
Australia

Helen is a private educational consultant who has been actively involved in working with gifted children, their parents and teachers since 1990. During this time she has designed and run enrichment and social skills workshops and camps for 3 –16 year old gifted children and their families. She has lectured in Gifted Education in NSW & WA. Her consultancy specialises not only in gifted children, but also twice exceptional students including those who are visual spatial learners. She has a Diploma in Counselling, Certificate of Gifted Education (UNSW), and a Masters of Adult Education (UTS).

Lyndal Reid
lyndal@australiangiftedsupport.com
AUSTRALIAN GIFTED SUPPORT CENTRE
Australia

Lyndal is a private educational consultant who has been actively working with gifted and twice-exceptional children, their families and schools since 2008. During this time she has assisted in designing and running programs in schools; running social skills workshops and camps; designing and running support/social groups for both older and younger children and families; and developing and running the One Day Enrichment Program in ACT and Perth. She has a Certificate IV in Business and a Diploma of Counselling and is the parent of 4 twice-exceptional children.

Carolyn Giles
carolyn@borntosoar.com.au
BORN TO SOAR
Australia

Carolyn Giles an experienced and innovative educator, founded Born to Soar in 2013, providing educational learning opportunities for gifted students through Centres for Gifted and Talented (One Day Schools) located in Melbourne, virtual classrooms reaching gifted students across Australia and Asia and professional learning for teachers in gifted education. Currently holding positions as Talent Development Coordinator at Carey Baptist Grammar School; the Vice-President of the Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children and the Victorian head of Future Problem Solving Australia; she is a parent of gifted children and passionately advocates for gifted families and the teachers who support them.

Adrienne Alexander
adrienne@extensioneducation.com.au
EXTENSION EDUCATION ONE DAY SCHOOL FOR GIFTED CHILDREN
Australia

Adrienne is a fully trained primary teacher, with 19 years’ teaching experience in primary and secondary schools in New Zealand and Australia. Adrienne has worked closely with the Otago Association for Gifted Children, running holiday camps including the Prometheus Computer Camps and the Kingswood Medieval Camp. She has facilitated children’s workshops for Sunshine Coast Gifted Children and Mensa. She is completing her Master’s in Gifted Education while also working as a private teacher for exceptionally and profoundly gifted children. Adrienne also works as a voluntary education officer for the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology teaching archaeology to school students.

Anne Grant
anne@borntosoar.com.au
BORN TO SOAR
Australia

Anne has taught in the early childhood field for many years. She has worked with children who have a range of abilities from those identified as gifted through to children with severe developmental delay. She lectures at university level in gifted and early childhood education, at both undergraduate and post graduate level. Anne co-authored the DEECD online Resource “Making a Difference for Young Gifted and Talented Children” and is currently involved in writing on the educational needs of young gifted children.

 

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