Gifted / Giftedness - Help, Support & Resources


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On this part of the site you will find comprehensive information on:

What is Giftedness?; Definition of Gifted, (Able; Talented); Gifted Checklist; IQ Tests; Gifted Tests / Assessments; Gifted Aids & Equipment; Software for Gifted People; Books on being Gifted; How you can Help a Gifted child; Help & Advice on being Gifted.

You will also find a section on: Psychologists who can test for the Gifted Student and how to find a specialist tutor, who understands the gifted child.

Alli Can't Write - A Storybook for Children with Handwriting Difficulties

Ally Can't Write

Ally Can’t Write


Alli Can’t Write
A Storybook for Children with
Handwriting Difficulties –
Including those with:
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia & ADHD

This delightful fun book, with beautifully hand-drawn and creative illustrations for children ages 6 – 10 is about, an alligator, called Alli, who has problems writing and has to deal with the frustrations, shame and despair of not being able to write.

He lives in the Everglade Lakes, Florida where he goes to school with his friends; the opossums, racoons, Red-turtle and Amy-deer.

Alli has terrific ideas, but he can’t write his thoughts down on paper because of his problems with handwriting.

People with dysgraphia have difficulties, with things like writing, getting their ideas down on paper, and in the correct order (processing) particularly hard.

Skunky bullies Alli, because he can write beautifully with his tail! The book discusses how peers can be cruel to anyone that is different; it will help to explain to young children about the nature of diversity and acceptance; throughout not just in the classroom but society.

With help from loveable supportive characters; Dr Dolphin, educational psychologist, his teacher Miss Panther and Miss Snake and Mummy and Daddy-Alligator; Alli learns to overcome his difficulties with his for writing.

This book should be read by children, parents, educators, and anyone who has a loved one struggling with a learning disability. It’s a story of resilience and hope.

The author explains what dysgraphia is and provides extensive information, help, practical strategies and useful tips to help students with difficulties meet their full potential.

Maria Chivers is an International Author on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s).

The majority of the animals in this book are on the ‘Threatened or Endangered’ species list.

This exciting book is available from,  Amazon.
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Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties Book‘Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – The Essential Guide’  

This book: ‘Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – A Parent’s Guide’ has been very well received over the years.  It is useful for both parents and teachers. It contains extensive information on dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs).

For a fuller description of ‘Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – The Essential Guide‘ please go to Amazon.

Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies

‘Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies’

This book: ‘Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies‘ contains information on a wide range of alternative therapies and the way they can help people with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs)

Available in softback or ebook.

For a fuller description of ‘Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies, please go to Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


What is Gifted / Giftedness?

Gifted, giftedness, able, talented children / students are those considered by Educational Systems to be gifted overall, i.e., not just in a specific areas, e.g. chess, music, art etc.

These students often feel alienated by their peers and others around them. Anyone with an IQ in the top 2% of the population can join Mensa.

I make no apologies for including the gifted, able, talented student in this website. Although these students do not come into the UK’s, Special Educational Needs Definition, their educational needs in many cases are not being met. The fact that these children are gifted should mean that the schools have a duty to provide extra support for them – over and above their peer group.

In March 2004, David Bell, the UK’s, Government’s Chief Inspector for Education, addressed the ‘National Association for Able Children in Education’ and said that gifted and highly intelligent pupils should be put on a ‘Special Education Needs’ register in the same way as those with learning difficulties.

It is most important to get gifted, able and talented students recognised as early as possible. By identifying a need, you can start to put in the necessary help to support the child.
Intelligent Quotient (IQ) Tests for Gifted / Giftedness / Able / Talented.

What is the definition of Giftedness?
According to the internationally accepted definition that a gifted child is a child with intelligence above the 95th percentile of the population.

“British Mensa uses two main tests to identify people’s IQ scores, the Cattell III B and the Cattell Culture Fair III A.

Testing Gifted Children

If you suspect a student comes into the gifted, able and talented category you can arrange to have an educational psychologist assessment to ascertain his exact intelligence level. You should try to find a psychologist with a particular interest in gifted students. The report can them be used to ensure the correct help is given at school, college, university or workplace.


Gifted / Giftedness Indicators

The signs below may indicate someone is ‘gifted / talented / able’ – they do not need to have all of these signs.


  • Does not appear to fit in with standard curriculum.
  • Good general knowledge.
  • Has a much larger vocabulary than his peer group.
  • Highly developed verbal aptitude.
  • Is interested in many subjects.
  • Works well on his own with very limited intervention.
  • Will accomplish a variety of things earlier than other children.
  • Understands instructions well.
  • Concentrates well.
  • Good at problem solving.
  • Learns easily and remembers quicker than his peers.
  • Will be the best one in his class.
  • Will rapidly respond to new ideas.
  • Will think of new ways of doing things.
  • Very curious.
  • Very imaginative.
  • Generally asks more and detailed questions.
  • Produces more elaborated answers.
  • More deeply engaged in testing.
  • Often group leaders.
  • Can juggle far more activities and interests than their peer group.
  • Have strong opinions.
  • Gets on with adults better than his age group.

Gifted / Giftedness with Mathematics:

  • High level of reasoning.
  • Understands processes.
  • Can complete calculations easily.
  • High level of visual spatial ability.

Gifted / Giftedness / Able / Talented – With Reading:

  • Probably read before he started school.
  • Reads a book quickly.
  • Ability to decode words.
  • Can comprehend complex printed passages.
  • Memorises well.

Gifted / Giftedness – when Writing:

  • Produces legible print or script.
  • Highly developed ideas.
  • Very smart written work.

Gifted / Giftedness generally – appears to be very talented in: (some not all)

  • Music.
  • Art.
  • Creative writing.
  • Scientific thinking.
Gifted / Giftedness & Mensa


Joining Mensa opens up rich and varied social opportunities, with something happening somewhere in the UK every night of the year. Local groups organise pub social evenings, quiz nights, games afternoons, walks, talks and cultural events.

There is also a busy calendar of national and international events, including regular British Mensa events; Thinks at Oxford, Mensa at Cambridge, the Music Weekend, the Games Weekend, and the Scottish Mensa Annual Gathering.

The biggest event of the year is the British Mensa Annual Gathering which incorporates the society’s AGM in amongst a packed programme of varied events. In 2009 the Annual Gathering was held in Bristol, and this year will be held in September in the historic city of Chester.

Further information can be found at:

Under 18’s

British Mensa currently has around 1,300 Mensans under the age of 18. These are full members of the society, and are offered the same range of benefits as adult members. They are encouraged to join their own special interest group – Junior-M SIG – and some regional groups may organise family friendly events such as days out, walks, or games afternoons.

In addition, the society’s Gifted Child Consultant works with Mensa to create support programmes and events for people living and working with gifted children.

There are some fantastic games for the gifted student. They also have a brilliant website with lots of very useful information. Hoagies can be found at: Hoagies Gifted.

Mensa’s website provides a wealth of information for the gifted student. Lots of puzzles to solve and prizes to enter.

Check out the Mensa Brain Trainer in the Mensa Shop.Further information on Mensa, can be found at:

Gifted / Giftedness - Online Test

If you suspect you or your child comes under the gifted, able, talented, category in the first instance, you could take a free ‘on-line’ test before arranging for a more detailed report with an educational psychologist. The report can them be used to ensure the correct help is given at school/college etc.

A few companies offering free on ‘on-line’ testing, are listed below:

BBC – Test The Nation
Run by the BBC and there is a different test each year. A bit of fun!

Intelligence Personality Test Centre
Free PhD certified IQ test to get a score and find out how you rank. This test will determine your IQ by evaluating nine distinct intellectual and mental abilities. Your free results include 25 pages of analysis packed with graphs, information, statistics, advice, and career tips.

IQ tests listed on this site are just for your amusement … or frustration. Results of IQ tests should not be taken too literally. To get a valid result you should take a real intelligence test – for example at your local Mensa club. Real tests have a strict time limit and the stress is far greater.

The site says: ‘Our original IQ test is the most scientifically valid IQ test available on the web today. Previously offered only to corporations, schools, and in certified professional applications, it is now available to you. In addition to measuring your general IQ, our exclusive test assesses your performance in 13 different areas of intelligence, revealing your key cognizant strengths and weaknesses.’ Developed by PhDs and statistically sound, our test reflects the best research available


Wechsler IQ Test
For more than 50 years, the Wechsler IQ test has been administered to find the intellect of adults and children alike. This intelligence test is one of the most widely used in the evaluation of both children and adults. The current version of the adult test, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), is in the fourth edition (i.e. WAIS-IV). Data collection for the WAIS-V is currently underway and scheduled to take place through 2019

Gifted / Giftedness - Useful Aids

Please find below a list of useful aids and equipment.Brain-Trainer-Black

Mensa Brain Training
Mensa Brain Trainer – 2010 Model. Exercise your brain – Featuring 9 completely unique mind stimulating games, each with 3 difficulty levels.

Mensa Brain Training On-Line
Mensa Brain Training

Other items will be added shortly.


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