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Here you will find articles, presentation and other information which can be downloaded. New items are added at the top of the page and older ones are periodically archived

Welcome to the Wonderful and Challenging World of My Child
An example of a document you can prepare prior to the start of the school year to share with the teacher. See more detail in the blog post Welcome to the Wonderful and Challenging World of my Child(Jan 2013)

Gifed Adults – The Norm can blow it out it’s ear. (this link takes you away from Thinking Ahead)

Like Minds: Similarity and Differences in in intellectual ability in gifted siblings

Ability Levels and educational options by Fiona Smith

Mechanical Obstacles to Writing: What teachers can do to help students with learning problems (this link takes you away from Thinking Ahead)

10 ways to spot a 2E child

When Diagnosing ADHD consider the possibility of giftedness in some children

Developmental Dyslexia: Specific Phonological deficit or general sensorimotor dysfunction?

The Visual Spatial Learner in School by Betty Maxwell
(also included on the VS Learners page)

Eye to Eye: Connecting with Visual Spatial Learners

Simon Says Don’t Use Flashcards – a great article about the types of games you should play at home (instead of flashcards) to help increase your child’s ability to do well in school. (link takes you away from the Thinking Ahead site)

Teacher’s attitudes towards the gifted: the importance of professional development and school culture by Carly Lassig

Maths Anxiety – Personal, Educational and Cognitive Consequences by Mark Ashcraft

Personality development and the pursuit of excellence by Linda Silverman

The moral sensitivity of gifted children and the evolution of society
by Linda  Silverman

Misdiagnosis, the recent trend in thinking about gifted children with ADHD by Kylee Edwards

Who are the Gifted Using the New WISC IV? by Linda Silverman

A Global Look at Strategies for Visual Spatial Learners by Kay Pittelkow (2003)

Allowing Flowers to Bloom
Parenting gifted children, from Tall Poppies magazine (NZ)Feb 2010 

Why Gifted Children May Not Test Well from Parenting for High Potential March 2009

Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades by Sylvia Rimm (2E focus)

Gifted People and their ‘Problems’ by Francis Heylighen

The Relationship of Grouping Practices to the Education of the Gifted and Talented Learner:Research Based Decision Making by Karen Rogers

’67 books every geek sould read to their kid before they turn 10′ from Geek Dad

Life in the Asynchronous Family By Kathi Kearney

‘Coming Out Gifted’ by Lisa Ericson

Dabrowski’s Theory and Existential Depression in Gifted Children and Adults by James Webb

Advantages of Using the Stanford Binet Version 5 when Assessing Gifted Individuals by Fiona Smith

 Pretesting Effect: Do Unsuccessful Retrieval Attempt Enhance Learning?
by Richland, Kornell, Kao 2009

Introversion: The often forgotten factor impacting the gifted by Jill Burruss and Lisa Kaenzig

A Consultative Approach for Working with Gifted Students based on “The 8 Great Gripes of Gifted Kids” from SENG

Using Books to meet the social and emotional needs of gifted students by Judith Halstead

Academic Talent Development and Equity in Gifted Education by Francoys Gagne

The social-emotional dimension of giftedness: The SENG support model by Rose Blackett and James Webb

Small Poppies: Highly Gifted Children in the Early Years  by Miraca Gross

Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children by James Delisle

otivating Gifted Underachievers by Carolyn Coil

Young Gifted Girls and Boys: Perspectives through the lens of gender by Libby Lee

Building Gifts into Talents  by Francoys Gagne

Fixed and Growth Mindset graphic

Too TIred! Energy and Wellness in 2E Children by Marlo Thurman

No-one said it was easy: Challenges of Parenting Twice Exceptional Children by Linda Nueman

Activities to Enhance Auditory Processing by Linda Silverman

Underachievement and the Quest for Dignity by James Delisle

Improve your Gifted Classroom: 7 Ways in 7 Days by Ian Byrd

Top 10 Myths about Gifted Education  A short movie put together by students highlighting the myths that infuse gifted education

Gifted and Talented Policy  of the Department of Education and Training in WA
Guidelines for the Gifted and Talented Policy

This policy is mandated for all government schools in Western Australia.

Derrin's Articles, Presentation Notes and Handouts

Follow the Leader  This article appeared in the NSW Gifted Association magazine GIFTED in July 2009

The Trouble with Gold Stars: Gifted Children's Thoughts on Motivation  presented at the Asia Pacific Gifted Conference, Sydney 2010
References for the above presentation

Making a Difference: Passion and Big Picture Thinking  presented at the 2009 World Conference in Vancouver, Canada
Handout for the above presentation

What Does a Gifted Child Look Like?
Albany 2010
While life might be simpler if giftedness were as obvious as a physical difference, there are signs to look out for and many are evident from an early age. This seminar will provide you with some background about giftedness, look at some common characteristics and myths as well as looking at the social and emotional development of gifted kids.

Advocating for Best Results: How to approach the school about your child
Albany 2010
The question of how to get the right opportunities for your child while keeping the school on side is one I am asked often. There are some key elements that allow you to advocate effectively and to work in partnership with the school. This seminar will cover what background you might need, what information to gather about your child to take to meetings and how to manage and keep track of things in the process of advocating. We will also look at how problems might arise as well as some of the things you might be advocating for.

Life on the Bright Side
Now available in paperback, PDF and Ebook formats

Jan 23(Geraldton)
Feb 20th (TBC)
March 12 (Adelaide)

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