Association for Gifted Children
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about the association and our activities. Please feel free to contact
us with any questions or queries you may have.
are the gifted and talented?
Gifted children are children
who do things
Some gifted children do
things much earlier, much faster, much better and very differently.Alternatively,
there may be some gifted children who may not be performing anywhere near
their true potential.
It is estimated that
there are about 20,000 gifted children in Ireland.
a little earlier
a little faster
a little better
a little differently
of the Gifted Child
A gifted child may have
one or more of the following characteristics:
to read (often well before school age).
superior powers of reasoning, abstraction, generalization and comprehension.
great intellectual curiosity and exceptional memory.
easily and rapidly with a broad attention span when interested.
superior in the quantity and quality of vocabulary compared with their
ability to do effective work independently.
keen powers of observation.
initiative and originality in intellectual work.
great interest in the nature of man and the universe (problems of origins
and destiny, etc.)
complex directions easily.
a rapid reader, having reading interests which cover a wide range of subjects.
superior in mathematics, particularly in the area of problem solving.
dealing with large numbers at an early age.
well to new approaches to school work.
do they need help?
children have special needs that other children do not have. It is
often said that "the cream rises to the top" but it is not true that gifted
children will succeed on their own without help.
who are intellectually advanced for their age may find themselves out of
step with their contemporaries. Some find themselves socially isolated,
rejected by their peers and unable to communicate because of their unusual
interests and adult language level.
gifted children deliberately hide their talents so as to appear normal
or even slow. For this reason, gifted children are sometimes found
in remedial classes. When the pace at school is too slow the child
gets bored and drops out or may disrupt the class. Repetition in
anathema to gifted children.
a child is to succeed in music, it needs an instrument and tuition - it
is the same with any area of talent. Resources and tuition are necessary
to develop a gift. Special provision is made in sport - why not in
Association for Gifted Children
aim of the Association is:
assist children with outstanding gifts and talents to fulfill their potential
and to give support to parents, teachers and others professionally concerned
with their development. An
Óige Thréitheach is concerned that all children whose natural
gives enable them to learn quickly
should receive an education according to their ability, aptitude and needs.
believes that gifted and able children should not be segregated from other
children, but should
spend the greater part of their education in the normal State or
fee paying school.
The Association is
active in pursuing an advocacy role within the Government and the
Department of Education.
of the Association.
adventure camps at Easter. An
opportunity for children to mix with others from all over Ireland in a
fun and adventurous setting.
Clubs. Children are given the opportunity of mixing with others
of the same intellectual
ability. They can explore a wide range of extra-curricular
actives e.g. Computers, Chess,
Astronomy. For further information contact Valerie Jelley, Ph. 269
(Centre for Talented Youth of Ireland) The Association has strong
links with C.T.Y.I
based at D.C.U. For further information contact C.T.Y.I ph. 704 5634
evenings. Held on the first Friday of each month during the school
terms. These are an opportunity
for parents to talk and share experiences with other parents and professionalmembers.
and seminars; arranged on a regular basis on a variety of interesting
and relevant subjects.
conference; In November, 1998 the Association will be hosting its
first conference with
sessions designed to be of interest to both parents and teachers.
Membership is open to
parents, teachers, medical, other professional people and those interested
in the care and development of gifted children.
We offer members:
and Information evenings
· Library Service
There are three categories
(to view the appropriate form click on the links below and print the
membership: £10 p.a.
For those who do not
have a gifted child but who are interested in the work of the Association.
membership: £20 p.a.
For the parents of
a gifted child.
membership: £10 p.a.
For schools, professional
institutions and industry who wish to support the work of the Association.
Understanding Gifted Children: A guidebook for parents
and teachers. (£3)
Information Pack (£5)
This pack includes
· Understanding Gifted Children
· Various Information sheets relating to such
topics as activities, schooling, parenting and others.
(These publications will be available late 1999)
Newsletter Back Issues (£1)
These are available from the Hon Secretary. Please
send a stamped SAE and remittance to the Association.
further information and
membership forms contact:
Association for Gifted Children (IAGC)
Óige Thréitheach (AOT)
4 North Brunswick Street Dublin
Telephone: 01-873 5702
Fax: 01-873 5737