Gifted & Talented

What does it mean to be Gifted & Talented?

The terms “gifted” and “talented” may often be heard in the school environment these days. Many schools now have screening methods in place to try and identify exceptional children, although some gifted children may still go undetected. So if your child’s teacher suddenly tells you, “your child is gifted”, what does that really mean?

Gifted

There are many of definitions of the term ‘gifted and talented’. Generally speaking, “giftedness” refers those who have outstanding or high levels of innate ability (even if their high potential has not yet been realised), in any domain of human ability – intellectual, creative, social or physical.

Most children need to repeat something 7 to 11 times to learn something new. A gifted child needs to repeat something in their areas of special ability just 1 to 3 times.

Giftedness is inherited but a gifted child needs support to identify and develop their special abilities. Gifted children are found in every culture and are just as likely to come from low income homes as from affluent ones.

The following are some signs of giftedness:

  • an early interest in and heightened awareness of surroundings
  • strong curiosity and powers of observation – ideas are quickly grasped
  • exceptional use of language – may talk early and fluently
  • an exceptional memory
  • an ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • asking lots questions which may be unusual

Talented

“Talented” children are those whose abilities have already been demonstrated by their achievements including in areas such as music, art, craft, dance or sport. Their skills are within the top 10% of their age-peers.

In simple terms, gifts are natural abilities whereas talents are developed skills.

Being gifted may be challenging

There are several challenges facing gifted children. They often develop at different rates intellectually, emotionally, and physically. This means a five year old who can read fluently may still throw a tantrum when he or she does not get what they want. Or a twelve year old may have exceptional mathematical ability but has the same ability to catch a ball as his or her peers. It is important that both parents and teachers recognise this varying development.

Some gifted children face frustration and boredom in a classroom environment. They need work at their level and not simply be given more of a level which provides no challenge or opportunity to learn. When this happens gifted children may actually underachieve – often because they figure there’s no point in bothering if they are not learning anything.

Another challenge facing the gifted child is self-esteem. Acceptance is important, especially during the teenage years. If they feel different or out of step with their peers they may try to hide their giftedness.

Support, understanding and encouragement goes a long way in building confidence and lets gifted children know that they have a right to learn.

Diagnosis

Experts agree it is important to identify a gifted child to help them achieve their full potential. Schools can help identify a child who shows signs of giftedness or special talent. However, if you think your child may be gifted you can arrange your own assessment with an educational psychologist or another professional with a special interest in or experienced in dealing with gifted children.

Villa Education Trust

The Villa Education Trust operates three middle schools in Auckland. Providing outstanding education for years 7 -10 students irrespective of back ground or individual needs by combining the positive aspects of New Zealand schooling with a personalized and supportive learning environment.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Special Needs
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The Performance.Net Rodney

We tutor Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. The ‘big idea’ of this education is to nurture and promote skills that will be the key to future success. Our aim is to develop young people who can present themselves to the world with pride and confidence.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Dance
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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Brain / Body In Synch

Educational and developmental Kinesiology and Brain Gym are used in one to one sessions to overcome learning and emotional blocks, and integrate primitive reflexes.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Teacher & Parent Education
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The Performance.Net South Auckland

We tutor Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. The ‘big idea’ of this education is to nurture and promote skills that will be the key to future success. Our aim is to develop young people who can present themselves to the world with pride and confidence.

Location

  • South Auckland

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  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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The Performance.Net Central Auckland

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Location

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  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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The Performance.Net West Auckland

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Location

  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Dance
  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education

You may have a gifted child who you think needs some additional support in their learning to really be challenged at a level appropriate to them. If so, you have come to the right place.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • North Shore
  • West Auckland

Speciality

  • Gifted & Talented
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The Performance.Net East Auckland

We tutor Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. The ‘big idea’ of this education is to nurture and promote skills that will be the key to future success. Our aim is to develop young people who can present themselves to the world with pride and confidence.

Location

  • East Auckland

Specialities

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  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
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  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
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Future Problem Solving

Opening doors to imagination, ingenuity & creativity, we stimulate critical, ethical & creative thinking skills. Students learn a 6-step problem solving process as they grapple with global & community issues.

Location

  • Online Service

Specialities

  • Gifted & Talented
  • Teacher & Parent Education
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The Performance.Net North Shore

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Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

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  • Drama, Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Under 5s Skills & Activities
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