What is a disability which affects learning?
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How can I find support for my child?
As every child is different the support they might need is also different. A great place to learn more about GLD children and the wide range of strategies to support them is the GLD Australia Yahoo group. Send us an email requesting an invitation to join the group.
There are also a number of not-for-profit Associations located in every state of Australia where you can find resources and support.
Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) http://www.aaegt.net.au/
ACT Gifted Families Support Group (ACTGFSG) http://www.actgifted.net.au/actgt/
New South Wales Gifted Families Support Group Inc. (GFSG) http://www.gfsg.org.au/
Northern Territory Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (NTAEGT) https://www.ntaegt.org.au/
Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children (QAGTC) http://www.qagtc.org.au/
Gifted & Talented Children’s Association of South Australia (GTCASA) http://gtcasa.asn.au/
Tasmanian Association for the Gifted (TAG) https://www.tasgifted.com/
Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC) https://www.vagtc.org.au/
Western Australia: Gifted WA http://www.giftedwa.org.au/
Australian Federation of SPELD Associations (AUSPELD) http://auspeld.org.au/
Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) https://www.ldaustralia.org/
How can I meet others in my area?
As well as communicating via its Yahoo discussion group, GLD Australia members who live in the same city, town, local area or regional/remote area are encouraged to hold ad hoc informal meetings if they wish. However, because GLD Australia is not an incorporated association and has no insurance, local groups will need to find a venue which does not require an insurance certificate.
There are no ‘rules’ regarding the holding, frequency, administration or advertising of such GLD Australia gatherings. Participants may appoint a local convenor to call regular meetings and source guest speakers, or they may just agree among themselves to meet at X time in Y cafe. Face-to-face meeting dates and topics are announced on the Yahoo group.
To date Sydney and Adelaide have established regular meeting groups, and it is expected that Southeast Queensland and Darwin will follow soon. Meeting convenor volunteers are sought in other centres.
What kinds of issues are discussed by GLD Australia?
At both face-to-face meetings and on the Yahoo group, members discuss issues such as: interpreting IQ assessments, raising and teaching GLD children and teens, liaising with schools and teachers, choosing a private psychologist or other professional, avoiding scams and non-evidence-based solutions, obtaining disability adjustments for classroom activities and for State exams and other tests, as well as a wide variety of specific learning disabilities and other learning challenges, such as ADHD and ASD.
In keeping with the GLD ‘recipe’ of BOTH feed the gift AND remediate and accommodate the disabilities, topics about supporting ‘plain’ gifted are also included.