Talking to Children about Being Gifted or GLD - Gold Coast

Parents and teachers sometimes wonder if they should “tell” a child that she is gifted or reveal her actual IQ “numeral” and subtest scores. And what is the kindest way to break the news that the gifted child also has a learning disability or ADHD or ASD or perhaps just “something else going on” which sometimes interferes with school achievement? Should the child be told the actual “label” for his disability, or is there sometimes a place for metaphors, euphemisms or other descriptors for this neurodevelopmental paradox? This interactive session will discuss some age-appropriate strategies for speaking to gifted and GLD children and encouraging self-advocacy and self-efficacy – strategies to promote understanding without arrogance, confidence without bravado, and acceptance without despair.


  • Saturday, 10 August 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm


  • Building G31, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
    Parklands Drive
  • Southport, Gold Coast (see map) QLD

Event type: Parent support group meeting

  • Maximum places: 99

Facilitator: Carol Barnes is national coordinator of GLD Australia, an online learning community focussing on gifted children with learning disability (GLD). Also Vice-President/parent-group convenor of QAGTC’s Gold Coast Branch and an invited sessional lecturer at Griffith University, Carol has presented for Education Queensland, Mensa Australia, SPELD NSW and Qld, and a variety of NSW and Queensland state and independent schools. She has also spoken at many national and international gifted and learning disabilities conferences since 2009. Carol is also a lawyer but, most importantly, the mother of two gifted university students with multiple learning disabilities.

There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. The workshop will be useful for parents and teachers of gifted or GLD children at both the primary and secondary levels. Other professionals are also most welcome. Tea and coffee will be served and information available on gifted resources and contacts. A brief AGM will also be held - your support will be appreciated.

Griffith Uni Campus map (also attached):
Parking is free on campus at weekends – all car parks
QAGTC GC - PSG 2013-08-10 - talking to children about being gifted.pdf

Parent/teacher support group meetings tend to be quite relaxed and informal. No minutes are taken and discussions remain confidential. To create an environment in which participants feel confident to discuss aspects of parenting and teaching, we request that support group meetings be ‘adults only’
Please Note: Children do NOT attend parent/teacher support group meetings.
Information on a children’s workshop running at the same time and place can be found under "Kids Events" under the "For Kids" tab on this website. 

Cost of event:

  • Member cost: free
  • Non-member cost: free

Payment details:

This session is free for members & non-members.
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