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    How do I keep up with my child's desire to learn?

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  • Alina Kirievsky

    Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Psychologist

    Alina Kirievsky, founder of Eastern Suburbs Child Psychology, offers services for infants, toddlers, pre-school and primary school aged children, and their families.As a registered Educational … View Profile

    It depends on the age of the child. For a pre-school aged child it is important to provide a stimulating environment and activities that follow your child's interest. These can be visits to museums or the library. For a school-aged child, it is important that the school and the teachers are aware of your child's Giftedness. Most schools have special provision for Gifted and Talented Students. Some have enrichment programs, others can accelerate your child to the next year. Remember that the more your Gifted child is different from the average ability, the more likely they would need special provisions to ensure they are motivated and interested to learn at school. Often boredom at school can lead to behavioral problems or low self-confidence. It is also important for your child to spend some time around age-peers of similar ability. Depending on where you live, there are organised extacurricular activities and enrichment programs for Gifted chidlren. If you are in Sydney, there is the GERRIC centre at the University of NEW South Wales.

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