Giftedness is usually equated with being a genius. Our guest for today thinks this isn’t always the case and this stereotype can do more harm than good.
In this episode of Chatabout Children, we bring in Melinda Gindy to discuss the complex issues surrounding giftedness and how parents and educators can help the gifted achieve their truest potential.
Before she became the President of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT), Melinda Gindy was teaching music. Later, she became the Leader of Diverse Learning at Regents Park Christian School, a K-12 school in Sydney, Australia. As she transitioned into her current field of expertise, she became the founding President of the Gifted New South Wales, Inc. and the founding National Facilitator of Gifted Awareness Week Australia from 2015 to 2019. In 2016, she blended her passion for music and her mission to help gifted children by publishing 2E Music Studio, an evidence-based resource for music teachers focused on meeting the needs of twice-exceptional children. Melinda is an Australian Delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and has presented at the 2017 and 2019 World Gifted and the Twice Exceptional Research Symposium in Los Angeles, California.
In my conversation with Melinda, we talk about how parents and educators can help gifted and twice-exceptional students succeed in life.
Tune in and learn:
- How the needs of her own children led Melinda to work in the area of giftedness
- What giftedness mean
- How giftedness differs from talent
- How a child is diagnosed for giftedness
- What are the early signs of giftedness
- Why gifted children are sometimes misunderstood
- Why the myth that giftedness = genius can do more harm than good
- The challenges of parenting a gifted child
- What twice-exceptional children are
- How to support gifted children at school
- What the AAEGT does
- Information about the Gifted Awareness Week Australia
Tips for Parents with Gifted Children
- Engage your children in their area of interest.
- Find a mentor for your child, ideally someone who has the same passion as your child.
- Find support for yourself as a parent with a gifted child.
- Open up for dialogue with teachers and professionals involved in your child’s growth.
“I think one of the challenges that we see in our society is that giftedness can be promoted or acquainted or put up there as a myth that giftedness is genius.”
“Giftedness itself is not elitist. It’s not a golden luxury ticket. It’s not a walk in the park.”
“Find that passion for that child or that student and seek to provide opportunities for them to really nourish themselves to investigate to thrive in that passion area.”
- Gifted Awareness Week website: gaw.aaegt.net.au
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