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Understanding Gifted Children

Sometimes gifted children have more difficulties in and out of school than most people would think. CTY Ireland is delighted to announce a one day conference under the theme “Understanding Gifted Children” at Dublin City University on Saturday Oct 18th from 9:30 to 4:30. Renowned international speakers from Europe and the United States will discuss issues such as Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted Child; Student perceptions of High Achieving classmates; Cyberbullying and the Highly Able Child and Supporting the Able Child at School.

CTY Ireland currently caters for 5,000 high ability students a year and there are 1,000 students aged from 6 to 12 attending Saturday classes in DCU in this term. Course director Dr. Colm O’Reilly states “There is a huge growth in the number of identified gifted children in Ireland and many of these attend programmes run by CTY Ireland where they can study college like Medicine, App design, Law and Forensic science. However many of these students are struggling at school with the lack of stimulating and challenging curriculum. This conference is ideal for parents and teachers to provide better services for gifted child and to better understand their needs.“

Speakers to include

  • Professor Tracy Cross, Center for Gifted Education, College of William and Mary, Virginia who has written numerous books and published many articles around the area of social and emotional development of gifted children.
  • Professor Albert Ziegler, Senior educational Psychologist, University of Erlangan-Nuremburg who has published over 300 scholarly articles in the area of talent development and excellence.
  • Professor Amy Shelton, Director of Research, CTY Johns Hopkins University who designed a spatial cognition lab to examine human learning and memory.

Click here to download more information on the conference.