News

2020

I have just published 3 webinars for parents new to giftedness. They are affordable and length of each webinar is around 30 minutes. Here is a brief introduction that you are free to access. To access the webinars fill in this form.

2020

Webinars for early childhood educators about young gifted children are now available. 2020 dates can be found here DATES of WEBINARS 16072020

2020

The latest article about my recent research has just been published. It can be accessed at https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/GWXU8SGI34RWBFMGAF7C/full

2019

Just picked up a box filled with my new book, Giftedness for early childhood educators. There has not been an up-to-date book for early childhood educators about giftedness in Australian early childhood services – until now. Topics in this 64-page book include the current regulation requirements, policies, programming and how to identify giftedness in young children. The book can be purchased via this ORDER FORM.

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2019
My latest research has now been published online:

https://doi.org/10.1177/1932202X19851276

Abstract
A relatively pervasive “silence” exists concerning giftedness in Australian preservice early childhood teacher courses. There is also a lack of research about educator attitudes to giftedness and programming in Australian early childhood services. This study, consisting of a survey and interviews, is intended to help to fill the research gap. A total of 184 early childhood educators were surveyed in relation to their knowledge and attitudes about giftedness, and 10 of those respondents were also interviewed. A purposive sample of eight parents whose gifted preschoolers had been recommended for early entry by a psychologist were also interviewed. Findings indicate that early childhood educators are at a loss in relation to gifted children’s intellectual, social, and emotional needs that are neither understood nor met according to their parents. Compulsory preservice coursework about giftedness is recommended.

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2017

I will be presenting a paper about my recent research findings on Friday 6 October 2017 at the #apacs17 conference for school counsellors in Melbourne. This presentation follows the paper I presented at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children conference at UNSW on 21 July 2017. The school counsellors will hear about the lack of information about giftedness amongst educators and even school counsellors, and how training about giftedness can positively change educators’ attitudes, planning and support of parents of gifted children. Here is the Press release.

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2017

Clever Kids Consultancy has just acquired the new WISC-V A & NZ and the WAIS-III A & NZ and I look forward to working with this new IQ test. The WISC-V expanded index will assist in interpreting the scores of gifted children where required, while we are still waiting on Pearson’s promised WISC-V extended norms for gifted children.

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2017

Clever Kids Consultancy has been successfully approved as an endorsed provider of 4 NESA registered professional development courses at the Proficient level dealing with the characteristics, identification, and education of young gifted children, including up-to-date research. Early childhood and school teachers of young children are welcome to make enquiries about the courses using the general enquiry form on this page.

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2017

Early Entry Research
I am currently undertaking parent interviews about their experiences with their children’s early entry to school. Please contact me at mimiwellisch@bigpond.com before March 2017 if you are interested in participating in my research, and if your child has had early entry to school based on a cognitive assessment, and if you live in or near Sydney. I am also interested in speaking with parents who decided not to send their gifted child to school early despite recommendations to do so.

2016

Early Entry
I am currently planning some research on early entry to school. Please contact me at mimiwellisch@bigpond.com if you are interested in participating in my research, your child has had early entry to school based on a cognitive assessment, and you live in NSW. I am also interested in speaking with parents who decided not to send their gifted child to school early.

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My ‘unpublished’ doctoral thesis is now on line: Wellisch, M. (2015). Toward an inclusive gifted spectrum: Attachment, maternal depression, and identification of gifted children. (Unpublished thesis). Macquarie University, Sydney.

NOTE: It can be downloaded with the download button on the top right side of the page.

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SPECIAL OFFER
Ask us about our special fee for a WISC (IQ test) and WIAT (achievement test) combination for children aged 6 to 16. Select the Contact tab on this website and send an email with a request for more information.

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The copyright agreement period has now passed for the article below. It can therefore be published now on this website.


2014

  • We are now offering the Cool Little Kids program for parents of preschool aged children with anxiety. We are also offering the Cool Kids program for older children.
  • Triple-P Parenting courses are now available for parents of children with behaviour problems.

Product Announcement

Clever Kids Consultancy has recently acquired the WPPSI-IV Australian IQ test. This test is Australian standardised and can be administered to children aged from 2.6 years to 7.7 years of age.

We have also recently acquired the WAIS-II Australian to enable to identification of specific learning disorders in gifted children.


2013

My latest publications can be found here:

Wellisch, M., & Brown, J. (2013). Many faces of a gifted personality: Characteristics along a complex gifted spectrum. Talent Development & Excellence, 5(2), 43-58. link to pdf here

Wellisch, M., Brown, J., & Knight, R. (2012). Gifted and misunderstood: Mothers’narratives of their gifted children’s socio-emotional adjustment and educational challenge. The Australasian Journal of Gifted Educaiton, 21(2), 5-18. link to pdf here


October 2012

Wellisch, M. & Brown, J. (2012). An Integrated Identification and Intervention Model for Intellectually Gifted Children. Journal of Advanced Academics, 23(2), 145-167. DOI: 10.1177/1932202X12438877

The copyright agreement period has now passed in relation to my article Communicating Love or Fear: The Role of Attachment Styles in Pathways to Giftedness.. It can therefore be published now on this website. Please note that a printing error was made on page 117 line 10, as outlined in the erratum.

In other news, an article describing the outcome of my quantitative PhD research was published in December 2011.


April 2011

My commentary published in Talent Development & Excellence in response to Gagné’s target article on talent development.


April 2010

Peer reviewed journal article published in Roeper Review. The name of the article is Communicating Love or Fear: The Role of Attachment Styles in Pathways to Giftedness.
Due to a copyright agreement the article will not be available on the Clever Kids website for the next 18 months.


December 2009

New Publication

“The Adjustment of Gifted Children: Is Asynchrony the Only Reason for Their Problems?” has been added to the publications page, please click here or to view all downloadable documents or download the PDF document here


May 2008

New Publication

A new publication ” Perfectionism, Attachment and Giftedness” has been added to our site, please feel free to go to the publications page – here or to view all downloadable documents or download the latest file here


March 2007

Product Announcement

Clever Kids Consultancy has recently acquired the WPPSI-III Australian IQ test. This test is Australian standardised and can be administered to children aged from 2.6 years to 7.3 years of age.


June 2006

Product Announcement

Clever Kids Consultancy has recently added Reading and Spelling assessments to the battery of tests and assessments available to clients.

They are:

  • Neale Analysis of Reading Ability (3rd Edition)
  • South Australian Spelling Test (SAST)(1997)

These assessments can be added to the regular Identification Package for an additional fee.