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

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 27 Mar 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Christ Church Grammar School, Prep Staff Room

    Often, parents find navigating the emotional intensity of their gifted or 2e child a very challenging experience. At best, solutions offered in typical parenting books may work for a short period of time. At worst, given these children can be little lawyers who see the loopholes and inconsistencies in such approaches, the suggested interventions only serve to escalate their outbursts further! 


    These are the kind of kids who appear to demonstrate a hair trigger sensitivity when it comes to their emotional state. And regardless of whether their reaction is one of anxiety, anger or any other emotion, they seemingly escalate from 0-100 in a nanosecond, often at the tiniest stimulus. As parents, we may resort to walking on eggshells each time we know we have to make a request of our child. Alternatively, we may feel so helpless and frustrated that we too react from a space of similar dysregulation. After all, apples generally don't fall far from trees - and so the cycle of emotional volatility continues!


    This talk will first provide therapeutic psychoeducation that is specific to understanding emotional (dys)regulation in gifted and twice-exceptional kiddos. In addition to this, we'll explore tried and trusted practical interventions and strategies that work for this population - so that hopefully the rollercoaster ride can be more exciting and a little less terrifying!


    Dr Kate Burton is the clinical director of Alchemy Therapy Centre, and specialises in neurodivergence and complex trauma. Kate has published in the areas of giftedness, twice-exceptionality, home schooling, complex ptsd and addiction; and frequently provides media commentary in these areas. Kate was the co-founder of Gifted WA, and now serves as the Chair of Complex Trauma WA (COTWA). In a previous life, she was an academic. Most importantly, Kate has over two decades of lived experience parenting gifted and twice-exceptional children. This journey included a lot of 'big emotions': including navigating home schooling; radical acceleration in a Gifted and Talented Program and subsequent early university entrance; a great deal of education-based advocacy; and the absolute necessity of learning self-compassion, and that parenting a neurodivergent child is a gift to be embraced, and not a problem to be fixed.

    • 1 May 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • St Stephen's School, Community Room (near Library), 100 Doveridge Dr, Duncraig WA 6023

    PHILOSO-BRICK® is an innovative program that uses a multi-sensory approach to explore philosophical thinking. Created by Amanda Rogers, a gifted education specialist and certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials, the PHILOSO-BRICK® workshops foster creativity, imagination, and social-emotional growth while developing critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Using the Philosophy in School’s community of inquiry approach, your child will explore ethical and philosophical ideas in a supportive and psychologically safe environment. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is used by companies like Google, NASA, and Microsoft to enhance communication and problem-solving skills, providing your child with valuable skills for lifelong learning.

    Amanda Rogers, founder of Cultivating Curiosity and creator of Philoso-Brick®️, has focused her teaching career on enhancing education for twice-exceptional children. Driven by her personal experience of raising two gifted children with ADHD and her own late diagnosis of giftedness and ADHD, Amanda specialised in gifted education. She is a certified LEGO® Serious Play facilitator, with a deep understanding of disability and counseling. Her creation of Philoso-Brick®️ is her response to meeting the educational needs of twice-exceptional children.

Past events

13 Dec 2023 Term 4 Caffeine-Fuelled Networking
2 Dec 2023 Kids Playground Catch Up - Term 4
16 Nov 2023 Gifted WA AGM 2023 & Unveiling Potential Event
24 Oct 2023 Crafting Abstract Questions
9 Oct 2023 Differentiation: Strategies for Classroom Teachers
10 Sep 2023 Kids Playground Catch Up
27 Jul 2023 Managing Expectations when Transitioning into Secondary School
30 May 2023 Perfectionism: Supporting and advocating for your gifted child - parent event
25 May 2023 Being gifted does not necessarily mean your child will be academic...
25 May 2023 GERRIC Mini-COGE Course 2023
23 May 2023 Term 2 Gifted Awareness Week Caffeine-Fuelled Networking
21 May 2023 Picnic in the Park 2023 (Gifted WA and MENSA joint event)
2 Apr 2023 Kids Playground Catch Up
31 Mar 2023 Term 1 Caffeine-Fuelled Networking - Morning Tea
18 Jan 2023 Postponed - GERRIC Mini-COGE Course 2023
17 Nov 2022 Gifted WA AGM 2022 & Why Gifted Children Underachieve Event
8 Sep 2022 GERRIC Mini-COGE Course
31 Aug 2022 Caffeine-Fuelled Networking - Morning Tea
18 Jul 2022 Differentiation: Strategies for Classroom Teachers
29 Jun 2022 South West Caffeine Fuelled Networking
22 May 2022 Picnic in the Park (Gifted WA and MENSA joint event)
3 Mar 2022 I'm new, what do I do? A 'where to start' guide for beginner parents and teachers of gifted children
27 Jan 2022 Identifying Giftedness in the Early Years
17 Nov 2021 Gifted WA AGM 2021 & Behavioural Strategies for Neurodiverse Kids Event
21 Oct 2021 Using Philosophy to Engage Curious Minds
8 Sep 2021 Strategies for Embracing Mistakes
19 Aug 2021 I'm new, what do I do? A 'where to start' guide for beginner parents and teachers of gifted children
26 May 2021 Mini Presentation Series - Gifted Identity Development and Perfectionism
24 May 2021 Thriving as a Twice Exceptional Child: A Toolbox of Strategies for the Classroom and Home
23 May 2021 Kids Picnic and Games (Gifted WA and Mensa joint event)
16 May 2021 Advocating for Change
15 Mar 2021 I'm new, what do I do? A 'where to start' guide for beginner parents and teachers of gifted children
23 Nov 2020 Gifted WA AGM 2020
23 Nov 2020 Acceleration - Different Persectives - Student, Parent and Teacher
21 Oct 2020 Strategic Planning and Goal Setting for the Classroom
12 Sep 2020 AAEGT One Day Online Conference
31 Aug 2020 Gifted WA Online Morning Tea - Term 3
25 Aug 2020 How to Navigate a Talk with the School
24 Jun 2020 Gifted WA Online Morning Tea
7 Apr 2020 Theory of Positive Disintegration Presentation in Action
19 Mar 2020 Caffeine Fuelled Networking - Morning Tea _Gifted Awareness Week
18 Mar 2020 [Postponed] How to navigate a talk with the School
17 Mar 2020 Teaching for Success - Catering to the Individual Needs of Gifted Students
15 Mar 2020 Kids Picnic and Games (Gifted WA and Mensa joint event)
17 Dec 2019 Caffeine Fuelled Networking - Morning Tea
25 Nov 2019 Gifted WA Annual General Meeting 2019
25 Nov 2019 Searching for the invisible: high ability students who are well hidden in the classroom
12 Nov 2019 Caffeine Fuelled Networking - Morning Tea
31 Oct 2019 Let’s talk about Acceleration
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