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Should I Send My Child to an Opportunity Class?

<a href="/articles/should-i-send-my-child-to-an-opportunity-class">Should I Send My Child to an Opportunity Class?</a>

All government schools in Australia have a responsibility to identify gifted and talented children and provide opportunities to optimise their education. But right now in New South Wales, many public primary school parents are considering whether to apply for their child to attend an Opportunity Class during years 5 and 6. And parents have much more to contemplate than their child’s academic environment ... Parents making a decision with their child about placement in an Opportunity Class may wish to talk about the following: Read full article

Are Gifted Children More or Less Emotionally Intelligent?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/08/11/are-gifted-children-more-or-less-emotionally-intelligent">Are Gifted Children More or Less Emotionally Intelligent?</a>

Sorry, I can't answer the question posed in the title of this post. I'm fairly sure that the question can't really be answered at all. And the more research I read about this issue, the more convinced I am that it's important not to generalise and stereotype on the topic of giftedness and social skills. I do believe that often giftedness in children brings with it many social and emotional challenges but I do not believe that giftedness equals lower levels of emotional intelligence. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence and Gifted Children - Stop the Stereotypes

Yvette Vignando talks about research that indicates giftedness is not necessarily associated with low levels of Emotional Intelligence, or social problems. Is there a bigger issue? Do parents, teachers and peers of gifted children need to become more appreciative of intellectual diversity? Read full article

Smart But Scattered: Part 2 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson

<a href="/articles/smart-but-scattered-part-2-of-interview-with-authors-dick-guare-and-peg-dawson">Smart But Scattered: Part 2 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson</a>

In Part 2 of this interview Yvette Vignando interviews authors of 'Smart But Scattered' about how parents can work with their children on emotional control, especially once their children are teenagers. Guare and Dawson also discuss strategies for working with your child's school. Read full article

Smart But Scattered: Part 1 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson

<a href="/articles/smart-but-scattered-part-1-of-interview-with-authors-dick-guare-and-peg-dawson">Smart But Scattered: Part 1 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson</a>

In Part 1 of this interview Yvette Vignando interviews authors of 'Smart But Scattered' about how parents can recognise the need for and help their child develop higher level 'executive' skills such as organisational skills, planning, and time management. Read full article

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Giftedness and Social & Emotional Development: Interview with Dr Cheryl Dissanayake

<a href="/articles/autism-spectrum-disorder-giftedness-and-social-emotional-development-interview-with-dr-cher">Autism Spectrum Disorder, Giftedness and Social &amp; Emotional Development: Interview with Dr Cheryl Dissanayake</a>

In this interview with Dr Cheryl Dissanayake, founder and director of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, there is valuable guidance on parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr Dissanayake also discusses early intervention, parenting programs, giftedness and social and emotional development. Read full article

Gifted and Talented Children - the Emotional Path to Success

<a href="/articles/gifted-and-talented-children-the-emotional-path-to-success">Gifted and Talented Children - the Emotional Path to Success</a>

Bright, sensitive, competitive kids and those recognised as gifted and talented can face a series of emotional challenges as they grow up. Their own high expectations and those of parents or teachers might also start to make them self-conscious or risk averse about their talent. In this article Verity Leatherdale writes about some excellent ideas from Helen Dudeney from the Australian Gifted Support Centre. Read full article