Understanding Giftedness: An overview of Giftedness

Natasha Siryj
Gifted, giftedness, gifted and talented, early childhood, primary, neurodiverse, neurodiversities, vulnerable children, play, risk,
Want to know more about giftedness and gifted children? Passionate about supporting gifted children? Build on existing knowledge or build the foundations.
Target Audience
Early Childhood Educators and Primary Teachers.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Throughout this course participants will develop knowledge in relation to Giftedness. On completion participants will have a well developed understanding of Giftedness, enabling them to better support Gifted students in their settings.
The course will cover the following:
- What is Giftedness?
- Who is Gifted?
- What traits or behaviours might you see in young Gifted children?
- Overexcitabilities
- Twice exceptionality (2E)
- Assessment and identification
- Parent voice
- Childs voice
- Strategies
- What does it really mean to be Gifted?
- Where to from here?


Early Childhood Educators and Primary Teachers.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Once your enrolment is complete you will be emailed with details to give you course access. You can complete the course when it suits you, and you will have ongoing access to revisit the course at any time.

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Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
1.5.2 Proficient Level – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
4.1.2 Proficient Level – Support student participation
7.4.2 Proficient Level – Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

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Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 4.1.2 & 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


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What is giftedness?

1 hour

In this session participants will explore the various ways giftedness has been defined and that there is no one agreed upon definition of giftedness.
Here we will also briefly explore the bell curve and cognitive testing.

Who is gifted?

45 minutes

This session prompts educators to think about their own services/settings and the children/students they have contact with.
Participants will explore stereotypical ideas and myths regarding who is gifted. Participants are introduced to gifted children, real-life scenarios and work samples, gaining an insight as to what it really means to be gifted.

What traits or behaviours might you see in young gifted children?

30 minutes

This session details traits and behaviours commonly associated with gifted children.


30 minutes

Here we look at Dabrowskis theories of over excitabilities.

Twice exceptionality (2E)

30 minutes

In this session participants are provided with the opportunity to explore twice exceptionalities gaining an understanding of 2E.

Assessment and identfication.

30 minutes

This session provides participants with an overview of some of the available assessments and possible avenues to assessment. Participants are also shown some examples of cognitive assessment reports.

Parent voice. Child voice.

30 minutes

In this session parents of gifted children share what they wish teachers knew about their children and giftedness. Gifted children also share what they wish teachers knew about themselves and giftedness.


30 minutes

This session outlines various strategies including acceleration and early entry and extension. We also explore options such as child led project work.


30 minutes

This session outlines various strategies including acceleration and early entry and extension. We also explore options such as child led project work.

What does it really mean to be gifted?

45 minutes

Here we re-examine the earlier question giving participants opportunities to reflect on thoughts and knowledge that may have changed.

Where to for help?

15 minutes

This final session provides resources including useful websites, businesses, associations, etc.

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Understanding Giftedness: An overview of Giftedness
by Jan Burgess on 13/03/2018

Having recently returned to teaching in a preschool setting, I found the course very informative. It has informed me of the things I should be looking out for. Such as, the gifted child’s learning and understanding as well as the behaviours and attitudes, that may give me more insight to their individual needs. Information from the child and their family is invaluable as a tool for supporting the child.

About the team

Natasha Siryj


Natasha Siryj is an Early Childhood Educator who has worked in a variety of settings for over 10 years, including early childhood and specialised educational contexts supporting vulnerable children and their families. Natasha is passionate about supporting children to achieve positive educational outcomes. Further to this she is passionate about creating a better understanding of and supporting children with neurodiversities. A particular passion is giftedness. Natasha is enthusiastic about educating teachers regarding all things gifted. She aims to assist others to form a better understanding of what giftedness actually is, as well as educating about appropriate strategies for supporting gifted and twice exceptional students.
Natasha has 2 children, both identified as gifted. This provides her with a unique insight into the gifted child. She appreciates and understands the challenges and needs of gifted children in our current education system from both the teacher and parent perspective.
Further areas of interest include educational systems, as well as risk taking and the importance of play in the Early Years.
Ms. Siryj is also a qualified Primary and Secondary teacher, and has conducted research into Giftedness in the Early Years via Monash university.