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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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4.3.5 Meeting young children’s emotional needs through transitions

There are many misconceptions around children’s emotional sensitivities in new situations. Often young gifted children are seen as capable and confident learners in an early childhood context; however, moving from a secure setting into a new unknown setting can be very daunting. Changes through major transitions can create high anxiety levels if supportive strategies are not put in place. Equitable transition processes ensure children with diverse learning abilities develop a sense of confidence, trust, and belonging in a new setting. Positive strategies to support anxious gifted children through transition will be identified through a New Zealand context.


Jo Dean
Massey University
New Zealand

Jo Dean is currently in a Senior Tutor position at The Institute of Education, Massey University in New Zealand. She is an early childhood trained teacher and regularly works alongside teachers, young children with gifted characteristics and their parents. Jo is currently undertaking her PhD, which is investigating ‘How young children and teachers co-create meaning when art installations serve as a catalyst for aesthetic exploration’. Jo is on the board of giftEDnz, The Professional Association for Gifted Education in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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