April 2014

Date for review:
April 2015


Colm O’Reilly

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Understanding Gifted Children


This article outlines the needs of gifted children from the perspective of guidance counsellors. Gifted students can often underachieve at school because of their frustration with the system or because of the lack of opportunities to allow them to develop their potential. This article allows guidance counsellors and educators to further their understanding of gifted children to better serve them within a school environment. Areas such as defining giftedness, how to identify a gifted student, problems that gifted students face and programmes for gifted students in Ireland will be covered.

Further Recommended Reading

Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors by Declan Fitzgerald and Ciara Farrell should be read in conjunction with this article.  It can be found here in "Policy and Practice Guidelines" section.