President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children

 Leslie Graves


 “No Bed of Roses” – On parenting & being a gifted child

 This presentation will give a deeply personal insight into three generations of growing up with and parenting gifted individuals. Parents often struggle to help their children push through the many limits encountered in their worlds. Gifted kids have never been sorted easily like small, medium and large eggs into egg cartons.  Their shapes do not seem to fit our well-known boxes or categories. They often sustain hurt or roughened edges when we attempt to ‘fix’ or ‘fit’ them into the perimeters we are familiar with.  Acceptance, Belief in, Support, Encouragement, Humour, Elasticity and Understanding – all these will also be seen as necessary qualities on the wonderful and often bumpy roadmap to their eventual fulfilment and beyond limits.


When: Friday, August 26, 2016

Where: the undercroft, Elizabeth College

Time: 7:15 pm

Cost: current financial members $50; non-members $60

full time UTas education student $25

All welcome.

Light supper provided

Leslie Graves is President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC).

She is an Occasional Lecturer in Gifted on Post Graduate courses in Special Education Needs at University College Dublin, in Ireland;  an International Templeton Fellow at Belin Blank Centre for Excellence in Gifted Education at the University of Iowa. She was a commissioned writer for the Irish National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on the National Guidelines for Teachers of  Exceptionally Able Students (Ireland),  and  a subject matter expert on Gifted  for  the National Council of Teachers of English.   She has spoken at many conferences both nationally and internationally.

This presentation is offered as part of the full program for Friday evening for the conference No Limits. Those registering for this presentation are invited to participate in the whole evening, musical entertainment and the formal opening, from 6pm

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