1st Edition

Helping the Child with Exceptional Ability

By Susan Leyden Copyright 1985
    112 Pages
    by Routledge

    by Routledge

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    First Published in 1985. In view of the current fashion not to segregate children of different abilities into separate streams, teacher in ordinary schools need to have a least some knowledge of how to cope with children pf exceptional ability as well as those who learn more slowly. This book is intended for such teachers and others as such as health visitors, social workers, nursery and playgroup staff, who are in contact with exceptionally able children. It is not intended as a high-powered academic text: rather it adopts a strong practical focus, it does not deal with lengthy with the problems of description and definition of giftedness, nor with the question of the validity of the subjects as a focus of study. It accepts that gifted children exist and is concerned with how their emotional, social and educational needs can be met.

    Preface, Chapter 1. Introduction: Beyond ‘Normal’ Expectation, Chapter 2. Infant Stages, Chapter 3. The Pre-school Years, Chapter 4. Formal Schooling Begins: The Case for Partnership, Chapter 5. Individual Needs and Collective Rights: A Question of Balance in the Primary Years, Chapter 6. Transition: A Case for Professional Co-operation, Chapter 7. The Secondary Phase: Adolescence Exemplified, Chapter 8. Creating a Climate for Growth, Endpiece, Further Reading, About the Author, Index


    Susan Leyden is Educational Psychologist with special responsibility within L.E.A. Development Support Service, Nottingham.

    `This is a useful book for parents and teachers, not so much for any practical help it might have to offer but because of its insight into the problems of relationships and attitudes which surround the able child and his or her family.' - Times Education Supplement