All posts by Cathie Harrison

Dr Cathie Harrison is an early childhood educator with more than 30 years’ experience within early childhood education and related fields. She currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney and is an early childhood advisor with the Australian children’s television program Play School. Cathie’s teaching at the university is in the areas of play, early learning, early childhood pedagogy and the creative arts. She is the author of the books Giftedness in early childhood and Young gifted children: Their search for complexity and connection. From 2010–2012 Cathie worked with colleagues from the NSW Department of Education to develop Gifted and Talented Kindergarten (GTK) to support the identification of gifted children from minority backgrounds as they transition to school. She has also worked as a consultant to parents of young gifted children through the Gifted Minds practice in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

Exploring giftedness

At times, giftedness can be a lonely reality for parents who are unprepared for, and unable to talk about, the advanced development and particular characteristics and demands of their young gifted children. However, examples of the daily realities of living with a gifted child such as amazing memory and vocabulary, reading ability, curiosity and alertness […]

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