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Gifted & Talented

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Lyn Kendall (née Allcock) is Mensa's Gifted Child Consultant

A teacher, working in the field of both Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented Education for more than 29 years, Lyn has an interest and considerable experience working with children of high intellectual ability. She is also mother to a 'gifted' son.

Lyn has been a member of British Mensa since 1988.

Activities in the field of Gifted and Talented Education include:

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Not enough time to plan additional extension classes for gifted students?

 

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A number of young Mensa members are among the children featured in the second series of the fascinating Channel 4 documentary Child Genius

Child Genius, the landmark programme documenting gifted children, returns for a second series to catch up with the incredible young minds for the first time since they were featured on Channel 4 early last year.

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Young Mensan Aimee Kwan is due to appear on channel five's The Wright Stuff on Tuesday 19 February 2008 starting at 9.00am.

Teenager Aimee has been asked to take part in a studio discussion on Matthew Wright's lively programme. She will meet fellow classical musician Myleene Klass, who is expected to take part in the item about gifted children.

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By Mensa gifted child consultant Lyn Allcock

While I would be the first to agree that all children are special and that all children deserve the very best we can give them, there are, in my opinion, certain groups of children that require specific input in order for them to reach their potential.

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Classic things for teachers to look out for, identified by Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Kendall (née Allcock)

 

Sense of Humour

may be mature beyond years, odd or inappropriate

Compulsive Communicator

if you won't listen, they will talk to somebody else

Inability to sit still

fidgeting, fiddling, a master of origami

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There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about gifted children. Here, Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Allcock tries to separate the facts from fiction:

 

FICTION

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A gifted child may display some or many of these behaviours

 

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Mensa – the society for people with a high IQ – is holding a one-day seminar of workshops and advice for people living and working with gifted children.

The itinerary, developed by Mensa’s Gifted Child Consultant, Lyn Allcock, includes a separate full programme of activities for the children of adults attending, fully supervised by qualified and experienced staff.

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  • UK parents and their children are more likely to recognise Simon Cowell than the Queen or Prime Minister
  • Six out of ten parents admit they are confused by their children’s homework
  • Parents’ general knowledge is just ahead of an average 11 year old
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