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Western Australia's association for gifted support, advocacy and resources

Upcoming events

    • 23 May 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+08:00)
    • Dôme Café - Deep Water Point, 100 The Esplanade, Mount Pleasant WA 6153

    For the third year running Gifted WA and MENSA have joined to host a combined event bringing together members from both organisation for a social gathering to launch Gifted Awareness Week 2021.

    You're invited to a BYO picnic from 12:30pm. We will have Lego, Duplo, stepping stones and magnet tiles set up on large mats, as well as free face painting from 12:30-2:30pm!

    At 2:00pm we will have a host an open panel discussion for parents. This year the panel will include Dean Tollis (Gifted WA Chair; parent), Dr Kate Burton (Co-founder of Gifted WA; psychotherapist; counsellor; parent), Melissa Morrison (Gifted WA secretary; teacher; parent), Amanda Rogers (MENSA Event Co-ordinator; teacher; parent) and Chee Wong (MENSA Gifted Children’s Co-ordinator)


    This was a huge success last year and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the launch of Gifted Awareness Week.

    • 24 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+08:00)
    • Bateman Primary School, Bartling Crescent, Bateman WA 6150

    Twice Exceptional (2e) children are unique little people that come to school with incredible strengths to offer. Unfortunately, for many of these children, they go unnoticed in the classroom looking like average learners or children with behavioural problems. In many situations, these children end up on behavioural plans, with remediation strategies. This eventuates in disengagement from their learning, frustration from the parents and a child that isn’t having their gifted needs catered to. 

    Melissa Morrison has recently had two of her own children diagnosed with ADHD and Autism and she would like to walk parents and teachers through this diagnosis process. She will also explore the perspectives of parents who have navigated this process and the frustration and concerns that have gone unnoticed throughout the IEP process. In this presentation, she will share a toolbox of strategies that she has used to help 2e children in the classroom that not only cater to their weaknesses but take into account their innate desire to learn.  This professional learning event will be designed to provide strategies to help parents and teachers navigate the consultation process so that all people involved in the child's education feel like their concerns and needs are being met. 

    This event will be hosted at Bateman Primary School in the Library. 

    Free for Members!

    Consider joining and get access to other free member events (individual memberships are $25, family memberships are $35).

    School Members can send as many staff as they wish!
    School Memberships include 2 x AAEGT journals per year and an unlimited number of staff being able to attend events. Memberships are only $190.

    School and Family Members, please register your guests under your School or Families primary email account.

    Venue: Bateman Primary School
    Address: 2 Bartling Crescent, Bateman, Western Australia, 6150

    • 26 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+08:00)
    • Emmanuel Catholic College (Reading Lounge), 122 Hammond Rd, Success, WA 6164

    Gifted Identity Development

    Identity development is a vital component of human experience. This study investigated whether gifted children enter identity development stages at a younger age than their peers and whether giftedness brings with it a sense of difference. Successful identity development often leaves gifted individuals with strong convictions and purpose in life, whereas failure to navigate these challenges may bring uncertainty and underachievement. 

    Kimberley Perry is a high school science and chemistry teacher at Emmanuel Catholic College, Western Australia. She is an educator, researcher and mother and has completed her Masters of Gifted Education with a focus on social emotional wellbeing and identity development of gifted children. She is an advocate for gifted children in Western Australia and a former committee member of Gifted WA.


    Does your child have very high expectations, of themselves and of others? Does he or she like things to be ‘just so’? Or maybe they take an inordinate amount of time to complete a task, repeatedly erasing and reworking it, only to eventually screw the paper up in a fit of rage? Perhaps they’re so paralysed by perfectionism that they can’t even begin a task, paralysed by a fear of failure. There is no wrath like that of a perfectionistic child when things don’t go quite to plan! 

    We’ll look at the psychology behind perfectionism, how it manifests, and how to help your child increase their resilience so they can become less volatile when what happens in the real world does not match what they thought would happen in their head! 

    Dr. Kate Burton is co-founder of Gifted WA; a psychotherapist and counsellor who specialises in giftedness, twice-exceptionality, and trauma; and adjunct academic at Edith Cowan Institute of Education Research. Her writing and research focuses on the intersection between giftedness and mental health, and she frequently provides presentations and media commentary in order to advocate for the needs of this population. Kate classifies herself as a ‘recovering perfectionist’, and is also the parent of two twice-exceptional young adults, so has lived experience of the beautiful roller coaster ride that is raising neurodiverse children!

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