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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: Running a magazine for the younger members of Mensa...
Not enough time to plan additional extension classes for gifted students?   The G&T teacher's assistant in a box! Use for summer programme or weekly lessons 10 one-hour fully planned and ready to use sessions Opportunities to recognise and reward achievement Photocopyable homework or extension challenges Suggested timings and resources, includes teachers' tips and advice Cross-curriculum projects, open-ended to encourage independent learning Durable, high quality...
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. So how have their lives changed since viewers last saw them? How do they balance their gifts with the challenges of growing older? And how are...
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. Aimee was one of the young British Mensans featured in the Child Genius documentary on Channel 4. She is a music scholar, studying music in...
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. Those children that have difficulties with learning or behaviour and those whom the government consider to be at high risk of exclusion are catered for by current legislation. There is, however,...
A gifted child may display some or many of these behaviours   An unusual memory Passing intellectual milestones early Reading early Unusual hobbies or interests or an in-depth knowledge of certain subjects Intolerance of other children An awareness of world events Set themselves impossibly high standards May be a high achiever Prefers to spend time with adults or in solitary pursuits Loves to talk Asks questions all the time Learns easily Developed sense...
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 Gifted children are the product of well educated middle-class families Gifted children are the product of pushy parents Gifted children are so bright they will do well anyway Gifted children think they are better than other children Gifted children are small, weedy, wear glasses and hate sport/PE Gifted...
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 Ability to multi-task the sort that never looks as if they are paying attention, but then gets high marks in tests Poor handwriting classic case of the hand not being able...
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. The event takes place at the Metropole Hotel, Leeds, on Saturday 8 September 2007 from 10am to 4pm, and costs £30 for adults, £15...
Mensa's Gifted Child Consultant Lyn Allcock (pictured right) has come up with nine great ideas for parents to help their children get the most enjoyment out of learning   Talk to them from an early age - children can understand a lot more than they can express and they develop language skills by listening to others around them. Our education system is based upon imparting knowledge using language.   Listen to them - children need to develop good listening skills to succeed in a...