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Online Parent Seminar: ‘Emotion and Stress Management for Parents of Gifted Children’

 

The parent seminar on ‘Emotion and Stress Management for Parents of Gifted Children’, organised by the Affection Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, was successfully held on 25 April 2020. Dr Sarah Luk, Professional Consultant of the Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong who has more than ten years of experience working with children and young people, was invited to be the guest speaker of the online seminar. At the seminar, Dr Luk shared with parents on the emotional characteristics and hidden reasons of some common behaviours of gifted children. Supported with research findings, personal experiences and incisive analysis, Dr Luk’s sharing was very inspiring. Participating parents were greatly benefited by the 2-hour sharing, which had been condensed from Dr Luk’s teaching that she used to deliver in 7 lessons for undergraduate students!

Dr Luk, friendly and easy going, made use of the ‘chat’ function to interact with participating parents and instantly answered their questions raised at the online seminar. Absorbed in the speaker’s interesting and lively sharing, parents not only realised the sources of stress of gifted children from different perspectives but also acknowledged gifted children’s common behaviours related to emotions and stress. Subsequently parents could reflect on how to create an optimal social and family environment for their gifted children. At the end of the seminar, Dr Luk reminded parents to be empathetic and communicate more with their children. Besides, parents should allow their children to have time and space to become ‘fanatics’ of their favourite hobbies.

After the seminar, most of the participants said that they had recognised the stress of getting along with gifted children and the ways to handle it. Some said they had learned many tips for parenting gifted children. For example, parents should take care of their own mental health first and seek ways to relieve their own pressure, so that both the parents and the children will be benefitted. Participants had also learnt tips for fully unleashing the potential of their children, including not to spend too much time on private tutorials or interest classes and to create a suitable atmosphere in the family to help their children. Some participants wished that the seminar could be longer so that Dr Luk could share more experience on the nurturing the gifted children.

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Speaker of the seminar: Dr Sarah Luk, Professional Consultant of the Department of Educational Psychology,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Be a Smart Perfectionist: Various Facets of Perfectionism

The parent seminar ‘Be a Smart Perfectionist: Various Facets of Perfectionism’, organised by the Affection Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, was successfully held on 13 December 2019. Mrs Helen YU KU Siu-yin, experienced Registered Educational Psychologist and retired Assistant Professor of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was invited to be the guest speaker. Mrs YU shared with parents with daily examples on the characteristics and common behaviours of children who had perfectionist tendencies, so that they could know more about their children. Through case sharing and discussion on related articles, parents were introduced to various strategies for taking care of their gifted children who had perfectionist tendencies. These strategies included the building of an optimal social and family environment for children and the nurturing of a positive mindset for excellence among them. Mrs YU also reminded the parents to allow their children to fail but to assist them to analyse the causes of the failure, in order that the children could learn and grow from that. Apart from the above, mindfulness was also introduced at the talk as a tool for stress management. At the end of the talk, Mrs YU said,‘Being happy is the most important thing in your child’s growth. Things cannot always be perfect. Nevertheless, we can take “perfection with flaws” as another kind of “perfection”.’

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Mrs Helen YU KU Siu-yin, Registered Educational Psychologist and retired Assistant Professor of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, attends the seminar as the guest speaker and receives a souvenir from Mr Wong Chung Po, Acting Head of Affective Education Division

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Mrs YU guides participants to practice the ‘2-minute Breathing Exercise’ which uses mindfulness as a tool for stress management

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Parents are fully absorbed in the discussion on related articles

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Parents ask questions and share their views actively

Parent Seminar: ‘Understanding and Catering for the Needs of Children with Twice Exceptionality’


The parent seminar on ‘Understanding and Catering for the Needs of Children with Twice Exceptionality’, organised by the Affection Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, was successfully held on 20 September 2019. Ms Jessie CHOW, Lecturer (Experiential Learning) of Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong, was invited to be the guest speaker. At the seminar, Ms CHOW shared with parents on the characteristics and common behaviours of twice exceptional (2e) children through some daily examples so that parents could know more about the strategies for upbringing 2e children. Ms CHOW also shared her own experience on getting along with different types of 2e children. She said parents should find out the strengths and interests of their 2e children through careful observation, so that they could create a suitable socio-emotional environment to facilitate their children’s development. ‘Your family is a place for showing your love, instead of a place for solving problems,’ reminded Ms CHOW at the end of that night’s event.



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Ms Jessie CHOW, Lecturer (Experiential Learning) of Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong, shares as the guest speaker at the parent seminar

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Parents ask questions and share their views actively

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Parents are fully absorbed in the group activity


Parent Seminar cum Parent Education Programme Certificates Presentation 2019

The Parent Seminar cum Parent Education Programme Certificates Presentation, an annual major event organised by the Affective Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE), was successfully held in the evening on 26 July (Friday). Dr George Lee Kin Cheung, Honorary Assistant Professor of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong, was invited to be the Guest Speaker of the Parent Seminar on ‘Mindfulness for Gifted Children and Their Parents’. Dr Lee shared with parents on the identification of gifted children, appropriate parental support to actualize potentials in gifted children, ways to connect and communicate with gifted children and understand their emotional needs, as well as basic knowledge on mindfulness and the application of mindfulness skills to enhance parenting effectiveness. During the seminar, parents practiced mindfulness through several breathing and experiential exercises under Dr Lee’s guidance. Besides getting a taste of mindfulness, participants became more aware of their bodily sensations and increased understanding on the connection between their feelings, thoughts and bodily responses. Consequently, they have learned to regulate difficult emotions and manage daily challenges more effectively.  

The Parent Seminar was followed by a simple yet solemn Parent Education Programme Certificates Presentation. A total of 31 parents were awarded with the certificates this year. Participants celebrated on the fruitful results attained from joining the HKAGE parent programmes during the year and exchanged with each other their parenting experiences in a cheerful and harmonious atmosphere.

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Mr Wong Chung Po, Head of the Academic Programme Development Division cum Acting Head of the Affective Education Division of HKAGE, welcomes all to the event

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Dr George Lee Kin Cheung, Honorary Assistant Professor of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong, shares with participants at the Parent Seminar

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Dr Lee poses with attending parents

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Attendants respond actively to Dr Lee’s sharing on mindfulness skills

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Mr Wong Chung Po presents a souvenir to Dr George Lee Kin Cheung

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Dr Lee and Mr Wong pose with receivers of the Parent Education Programme Certificate

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The Affective Education Team of HKAGE pose with Dr and Mrs Lee

The Parents Seminar: ‘The Role of Parents in Supporting Children in Going Through Their Educational Journeys’

The Parents Seminar, ‘The Role of Parents in Supporting Children in Going Through Their Educational Journeys’ organised by the Affection Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, was successfully held on March 13, 2019. The Academy invited a registered clinical psychologist Dr Mona Lee to share her parenting experiences. On that evening, Dr Lee talked about the importance of family education, via the vibrant, growing up experiences of her three children. She explained how to apply those tactics so that the family can match the individual children with their educational needs.  Moreover, she also provided the parents with practical tips on nurturing their children with different personalities. Dr Lee suggested that parents can encourage their children to use their free time to explore, thus broadening their horizon and enjoy their studies.  Finally, the speaker said that parents should play the supporting roles in raising their children, and the most important thing is to encourage their children to master the techniques of ‘Learning How to Learn’!

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Registered Clinical Psychologist Dr Mona Lee


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Parents were fully absorbed in that night’s event

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Parents were actively involved in asking questions and immersed in a wonderful sharing atmosphere


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Ms Megan Chan, clinical psychologist of HKAGE took a photo with the speaker Dr Mona Lee




Parent Workshop on ‘Career Planning for the Gifted Children’

Parent Workshop on ‘Career Planning for the Gifted Children’ organised by the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education was successfully held on February 23, 2019. The Academy invited Dr Yuen Man Tak as our speaker to this workshop. Dr Yuen, Associate Professor, Programme Director of EdD, Honorary Director of Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE), Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong.  Dr Yuen to introduce the concepts of career development and its importance to the parents of gifted children. Through career planning, children can develop problem-solving and build resilience skills, and they can improve their sense of efficacy in life skills. Gifted children can find the meaning of life and enhance their self-confidence. On that day, Dr Yuen invited Iris Ting, a gifted person, to share her personal life challenges and opportunities in her career planning, so that the parents can have a better understanding of the psychological journey of their gifted children. Finally, both speakers urged that parents should play a positive role in supporting their gifted children’ s ideas and needs of career development.

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Dr Yuen Man Tak, Associate Professor, Programme Director of EdD, Honorary Director of Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE), Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong

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Iris Ting, a gifted person, shared on the psychological journey of gifted children and her experience of getting along with them in a humorous way


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Q&A session for parents


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Parents actively participated in the discussion


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The representative of the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education issued a souvenir to Dr Yuen Man Tak, the speaker of that day


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Representative of the Hong Kong Gifted Education Academy took a photo with Dr Yuen and Iris


Parent Workshop on ‘The Affective Needs of Gifted Students’

The Parent Workshop on ‘The Affective Needs of Gifted Students’ organised by the Affection Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education was successfully held on 18 January 2019. This workshop was hosted by Mr Nelson Ng and Ms Kimmy Chan, Programme Development Officers of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education. In this evening, they explained the characteristics and affective needs of gifted children via daily life examples and elaborated the causes of the different affective needs of the gifted children, and the challenges that parents might encounter on the road of raising gifted children.  Through various short films and interactive Q&A sessions, the speakers enhanced parents' skills in coping with the different characteristics of gifted children and helped parents to understand their children’s needs, to establish good parent-child relationships. Finally, the speakers urged the parents to pay more attention to and care for their children, to understand their uniqueness, and learn to accept their different character traits.

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Mr Nelson Ng, Programme Development Officer of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (Affective Education Division)), explained the characteristics of gifted and affection through short films.


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Ms Kimmy Chan, Programme Development Officer, the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (Affective Education Division), introduced the gifted traits of children via interactive group activities.


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On that evening, parents were taking a keen interest in the lecture and activities, they gained a lot of insight from the workshop.

Parent Seminar on ‘Assist Gifted Children to Unleash from Perfection’

The parent seminar on ‘Assist Gifted Children to Unleash from Perfection’ organised by the Affective Education Division (AED) was held successfully on 21 December 2018. Ms Jo Ng, Director (Curriculum Development) of the Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong was invited to be the speaker of the seminar. With her humorous presentation and examples found in the daily life, Ms Ng shared her personal experience in counselling gifted students with different types of perfectionism over the past years. She also briefed participants on the perfectionist characteristics of gifted children, the underlying reasons for being perfectionistic and some possible difficulties they might have. Through video clips, case sharing and an interactive Q & A session, the seminar aimed to support parents to develop a mindset for facing adversity when nurturing their gifted children, so that they can help their gifted children with perfectionist characteristics to overcome difficulties they encounter. A closer relationship would then be built up between the parents, and the children and their mutual understanding would be enhanced. At the end of the seminar, Ms Ng reminded the parents to give their children more encouragement and praises, as life is about ‘growth’ rather than ‘being perfect’.

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Ms Jo Ng, Director (Curriculum Development) of the Centre for Advancement in
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Ms Jo Ng, with her humorous presentation, shared her experience in helping gifted children.

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Representative of AED, HKAGE presented a souvenir to Ms Jo Ng, speaker of the parent seminar.



"1 + 1" Group (2018 Autumn)

The ‘1+1’ Group Creative Project Dissemination held by Affective Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) concluded successfully in the evening on 23 November 2018 (Friday).  The ‘1+1’Group, through activities, games and lessons delivered in various ways, has drawn parents and their children closer to each other and enhanced understanding between them. During the six sessions of the programme, student members learnt how to handle daily life problems using Creative Problem Solving skills. When sharing at the dissemination session, both parents and student members expressed that the Group had benefitted them a lot. For example, they had learnt how to work with others during the programme. Student members said that the Group had enhanced their understanding of their parents and brought them a lot of new friends. Parents, on the other hand, said that previously unseen aspects of their children, including their enthusiasm and eagerness to participate, were revealed to them during the programme.

Some benefits gained from the programme as shared by parents and students are summarised below:

  • The programme offered parents a new perspective to look at their children and re-discover and understand more of their strengths and characteristics. 
  • After the six sessions, parents were inspired to review the ways of communication and interaction with their children, resulting in a closer relationship with them.
  • Through participation in the activities, the students understood more of their parents’ points of view and got to know them better.
  • Students acquired precious friendship during the programme and learnt to work with others through interaction and communication.
  • Through observation and interaction/ communication with other participants, parents got to know more ways for nurturing and communicating with their children.
  • The programme provided students and their parents with valuable opportunities to participate and do things together.

In the ‘1+1’ Group Creative Project Dissemination, student members shared with other participants their creative ideas generated by using Creative Problem Solving skills. These inspirational ideas, which were related to various social issues that had provoked fervent discussion recently, included ‘Multi-purpose Utility Table’, ‘Intelligent Windproof Window’, ‘Make a Better Life for Everyday’ and ‘Substituting Plastic with a Material which has Similar Properties but More Eco-friendly’. During the programme, students applied knowledge they had acquired in class on different creative inventions and social issues to raise public awareness towards the issues. Both parents and students enjoyed the programme and were inspired by the sharing of other participants.

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Ms Melanie Cheung, Head of Affective Education Division of HKAGE, delivering a speech.

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Students and parents participating in the ‘1+1’ Group taking a group photo with their awards.

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Students in different groups delivering their presentation.

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Talent Show by a student member.

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Students winning various awards in the Creative Project Dissemination.

Parenting Workshop on ‘Strategies to Enhance Communication Skills with Gifted Children

The Parent Workshop on ‘Strategies to Enhance Communication Skills with Gifted Children’ organised by the Affection Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education was successfully held on October 12, 2018. On that day, Ms Tiffany Sin, the Programme Manager of HKAGE (AED), was invited to be the speaker. In that evening, Ms Sin adopted a fun and interactive approach, she delivered her talk on theory and practice, supplemented by daily life examples, newspapers, short films, demonstrations, role-playing and communicate exercises, to help parents mastering the technique of communicating with gifted children effectively.  Ms Sin also shared her rich experience in counselling service and communication cases of various types of parents and gifted children, explained the specific strategies of communication, enable parents to learn relevant knowledge, and applied skills to daily life to master the techniques to respond positively to their children's feelings.  Ms Sin encouraged parents to adopt an open and optimistic attitude to face the different challenges while communicating with the gifted children.

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Ms Tiffany Sin, the Programme Manager of HKAGE (AED), was invited to be the speaker


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Parents concentrated on listening and sharing


Parents who attended the workshop this evening, showed great appreciation with the tutor's use of daily life examples for sharing and discussion. For example, through film appreciation, parents can reflect on the daily communication with their children and made use of multi-angle to reflect on their Parent-child communication. During the workshop, the tutor demonstrated how to interact with gifted children, and how to communicate by priorities their children's feelings as the first criteria.  At the same time, parents were encouraged to communicate with their children in a positive and open manner, so that their children feel that their parents are willing to listen to their feelings and needs, and thus promoted positive parent-child communication.  Finally, Ms Sin would like to deliver a message to the parents: ’Parents should not deprive their children from praise, instead parents should learn to appreciate their children and value their effort. Moreover, the achievements of children are rooted in the care and positive communication with parents.’


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Parents actively participated in the discussion with warm atmosphere

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Parents responded positively and asked questions on that night

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Parents engaged in the lecture actively

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Parent Seminar: Helping Gifted Children Unleash Their Potential

‘Parent Seminar: Helping Gifted Children Unleash Their Potential’ organised by the Affective Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education was successfully held on 22 September 2018, with Dr Frederick Yeung, Principal Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, HKU, being the speaker. Dr Yeung shared in a humorous way his experience gained in counselling and helping different types of parents nurture their gifted children in the past years. There was an interactive Q&A session at the end of the seminar to answer parents’ questions about how to handle the various behaviours of gifted children with different characteristics. Dr Yeung also shared with parents how to respond to their children's weird and unusual comments through role-playing. Finally, Dr Yeung reminded parents that, to help unleash the potential of their gifted children, they should allow their children to develop their potential and interests and play a supporting role in their growth only when necessary, and to give their children the opportunity to shoulder up responsibilities.

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Dr Frederick Yeung, Principal Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, HKU, hosted the parent seminar.

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Dr Yeung shared in a humorous way his experience on supporting gifted children.

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Dr Yeung interacted with parents during the Q&A session.




"1 + 1" Group (2018 Summer)

The ‘1+1’Group Creative Project Dissemination held by Affective Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) concluded successfully in the evening on 10 August 2018 (Friday).  The ‘1+1’Group, through activities, games and lessons delivered in various ways, has drawn parents and their children closer to each other and enhanced understanding between them. During the six sessions of the programme, student members learnt how to handle daily life problems using Creative Problem Solving skills. When sharing at the dissemination session, both parents and student members expressed that the Group had benefitted them a lot. Student members shared that the Group had enhance their understanding of their parents and offered them a platform to make a lot of new friends. Parents, on the other hand, said that the previously unseen aspects of their children, including their enthusiasm and eagerness to participate, were revealed to them during the programme.

Some benefits gained from the programme as shared by parents and student members are summarised below:

  • Parents could look at their children from another perspective and to re-discover and understand more of their strengths and characteristics.  Parents were also inspired to review the ways of communication and interaction with their children.
  • Parents got to know different ways for nurturing and communicating with their children through observation and interaction/ communication with other parents/ children.
  • The children were more proactive during their participation in the activities and were more interactive and readier to communicate with others when being together with other children of similar ages.
  • The programme provided student members and their parents valuable opportunities to participate and do things together.
  • Student members learnt how to collaborate and communicate with others to complete a task without supervision of adults. They were capable to reach a consensus when they had different opinions on an issue.
  • Seeing their children solving problems by themselves, parents were inspired to let go and allow more freedom for their children to develop their potentials.
  • After the six sessions, parents felt that there were less ‘problems’ and more ‘opportunities’ between them and their children.

In the ‘1+1’Group Creative Project Dissemination, student members shared with other participants their creative ideas generated by using Creative Problem Solving skills. These inspirational ideas, which included ‘VR School Attending Simulator’, ‘Garbage = Home?’, ‘Sub-divided Flats’ and ‘Promoting Sustainable Seafood’, have addressed to various social issues. During the programme, student members applied their acquired knowledge on different creative inventions and social issues under the topic selected by using Creative Problem Solving skills. Both parents and students enjoyed the fun they gained from the ‘1+1’Group and were inspired by the sharing.



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Ms Melanie Cheung, Head of Affective Education Division of HKAGE, presented a souvenir to Ms Daisy Cheung, Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Law, HKU, who was also the Judge for the Project Dissemination.


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HKAGE student members and their parents participating in the ‘1+1’ Group.


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Students in different groups delivering their presentation.




Parent Seminar cum Parent Education Programme Certificate Presentation 2018

The Parent Seminar cum Parent Education Programme Certificates Presentation, an annual signature event organised by the Affective Education Division of The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE), was successfully held in the evening on 27 July (Friday). Prof. Kenneth Sin, Director of the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education, the Education University of Hong Kong, was invited to be the Guest Speaker of the Parent Seminar on "Family Support for Twice Exceptional (2e) Children". Prof. Sin shared his experiences in supporting 2e gifted children, supplemented by various examples and data, and explained the characteristics and learning needs of different types of 2e children. He also introduced parents to resources for 2e children and encouraged them to co-operate with the school to support their children's learning. The Parent Education Programme Certificates Presentation, simple yet solemn, was held after the Parent Seminar. A total of 39 parents were awarded with the certificates this year. Joined up with Parent Peer Tutors who came to share with new and old parents their own experiences in nurturing gifted children, the certificate awardees celebrated together on the fruitful learning results attained during the year. At the end of the programme, there was a refreshment reception at which participants were free to chitchat with each other in a cheerful and harmonious atmosphere.

Mr Frederick Lam, Chairman of the Board of Directors of HKAGE, delivering the Opening Speech.

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Prof. Ng Tai Kai, Executive Director of HKAGE, welcomed all to the event.

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Prof. Kenneth Sin, Director of the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education, the Education University of Hong Kong, was invited to be the Guest Speaker of the Parent Seminar.

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Prof. Sin presented the souvenirs to Parent Peer Tutors.

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Prof. Sin posting with awardees of the Parent Education Programme Certificates.

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The Affective Education Team of HKAGE posting with Prof. Sin.

"1 + 1" Group Creative Project Dissemination

The ‘1+1’Group Creative Project Dissemination held by Affective Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) concluded successfully in the evening on 20 April 2018 (Friday).  The ‘1+1’Group strive to facilitate parents and their children in affective development and in handling daily life problems with Creative Problem Solving skills, so that the parent-child relationship will be enhanced. At the end of the dissemination session, both parents and student members expressed that the Group had benefitted them a lot, equipping parents with skills in nurturing their gifted children and giving them a better understanding of their children’s performance outside the family context, their characters and their potentials.

Some benefits gained from the session as shared by parents and student members:

  • Student members have learnt how to collaborate with others to deliver a task without supervision of adults. They tried to reach a consensus when their views were different from others’.

  • The parent-child relationship and understanding have been enhanced. There will be fewer conflicts with the children and communication with them will be improved.

  • The session gave me a chance to see my child learning in class, which was a brand new experience for me and has helped me see my child from a different perspective with better understanding.

  • When parents see that their children can solve problems by themselves, they learn to let go and allow more freedom for their children to develop their potentials.

  • There were precious moments spent with my child during the session.

In the ‘1+1’Group Creative Project Dissemination, student members gave presentations to share with other participants their new ideas and inspirational work produced using Creative Problem Solving skills. These inspirational ideas / work included ‘Doing-Homework-Anywhere Schoolbag’, ‘How to minimise the weight of a schoolbag?’, and ‘The Meaning and Purpose of Life’. During the session, student members applied what they had learnt from HKAGE programmes on different creative inventions and social issues to raise public concern on various social topics. Both parents and students enjoyed the event and got inspired by the sharing.

Ms Melanie Cheung, Head of Affective Education Division of the HKAGE, gave an opening speech in the conference.

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HKAGE student members and their parents.

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Students giving presentations.

Parent Workshop: Joy and Pain as Parents of Gifted Children

“Parent Workshop: Joy and Pain as Parents of Gifted Children” organised by Affective Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) was successfully held on 11 May 2018. Mrs Helen Yu, Professional Supervisor for School-based Educational Psychology Services of the Lutheran Church – Hong Kong Synod, was invited to conduct the workshop. As a veteran registered Educational Psychologist and retired Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Helen shared what she has witnessed and experienced in nurturing gifted children in the past years, and said that the feelings of “joy” and “pain” are normal in parenting. She encouraged parents to stay positive and optimistic when facing difficulties and challenges, and to learn to turn crisis into opportunities and “pain” into “joy”. Helen also introduced some free online resources, such as the “Happy Kids Charter”, “Affective Education” and “Coaching Programme on Executive Skills”, to assist parents and gifted children to manage their emotions and do relaxation exercises. They can also keep themselves physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually healthy through reflections on celebrity biographies, movies and dramas. At the end of the workshop, Helen reminded parents that “Only happy parents have happy children, and only happy children have a happy future”.

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Mrs Helen Yu, Professional Supervisor for School-based Educational Psychology Services of the Lutheran Church – Hong Kong Synod, shared about the joy and pain of parents of gifted children. Helen reminded parents that “Only happy parents have happy children, and only happy children have a happy future”.

Parent Seminar: How to Enhance Gifted Youth’s Leadership and Creativity?

“Parent Seminar: How to Enhance Gifted Youth’s Leadership and Creativity?” organised by Affective Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) was successfully held on 7 April 2018. Mr Max Wong, Supervisor of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, was invited to share on the topic of Leadership and Creativity – two of the most important generic skills in the future world of work. As a father of two children, Max shared his own experiences of nurturing gifted children and pointed out that there are three ways to develop leadership skills of gifted youth: Role Modelling, Classroom Teaching and Keeping Practice. There was also an interactive Q&A session to answer parents’ questions at the end of the seminar. Max encouraged parents to let their gifted children take responsibilities, as well as to discuss and plan their future pathways with them, in order to enhance their leadership and creativity.

  

Mr Max Wong, Supervisor of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, shared about “How to Enhance Gifted Youth’s Leadership and Creativity?”. Max shared his own experiences of nurturing gifted children with parents.

Parent Workshop: Cyber Education and Counselling the Gifted

“Parent Workshop: Cyber Education and Counselling the Gifted” organised by Affective Education Division of The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) was successfully held on 9 February 2018.  On that day, the registered social worker from Online Addiction Counselling Centre of Hong Kong Christian Service and two parents were invited to share the topic of Cyber Education, to analyse the causes of cyber addiction of the youths as well as how to guide the gifted to use computer and smartphone properly. During the workshop, the speaker introduced the techniques for handling cyber addiction, while two parents shared their experiences about tackling the challenges faced by their gifted children in cyber addiction. There was also an interactive Q&A session to answer parents’ questions at the end of the workshop. The speaker encouraged parents to build a positive relationship with their children in order to prevent them taking refuge in the cyber world.

Social worker and two parents were sharing in “Parent Workshop: Cyber Education and Counselling the Gifted”, participants engaged actively and benefited a lot from the workshop.

Parent Support Group

“Parent Support Group” held by Affective Education Division of The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) aims at creating a learning community amongst parents of gifted children for mutual support. Parents are welcome to share their experiences in parenting the gifted and receive encouragement and support from each other. At the meeting, the facilitator will share on a specific topic that stimulates parents’ sharing and subsequently exchanging their views. This group can also help parents develop positive solutions in a respectful environment.

We have invited Ms Jessie Chow, Lecturer from the Faculty of Education of The University of Hong Kong, to share the topic of “Enhancing the learning motivation of gifted children” in the “Parent Support Group (Primary)” on January 2018. Parents were having a lively discussion throughout the night. Ms Chow introduced the difference between the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation as well as brought out some case studies for analysing the ways of enhancing the learning motivation of gifted children. Finally, she pointed out that nurturing the “Growth Mindset” of the gifted is the key to enhance their learning motivation.

Ms Jessie Chow, Lecturer from the Faculty of Education of The University of Hong Kong, shared about “Enhancing the learning motivation of gifted children”. Parents were having a lively discussion throughout the night.

"1 + 1" Group

The “1+1” Group Creative Project Dissemination held by Affective Education Division of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) concluded successfully last Saturday (24 Nov) night.  The conference was the first collaboration between the HKAGE and local primary schools. Through studying the effects of the “1+1” Group on HKAGE primary student members and local gifted primary students, we strived to facilitate parents and their children in affective development. Both parents and students expressed that the Group benefitted them a lot, enhancing parent-child communication and equipping parents with skills in nurturing their children. All of them learnt to solve daily life problems with Creative Problem Solving skills. Some parents said they would start appreciating others after joining the Group and understand their children’s abilities better. Parents also opined that the projects done by the students were meaningful, and these budding social pillars will surely contribute to society in the future. They also realised the importance of whole person development.

  • I seldom appreciated others but now I know how to do so
  • Children’s projects are meaningful, and they will be able to contribute to society
  • I have a better understanding of children’s abilities, helping them develop their potential

In the conference, student members showed how they came up with new ideas and produced inspirational work using Creative Problem Solving skills.  There were altogether seven pieces of outstanding work: “Automatic Production Machine”, “How do we slow down global warming?”, “Thin-film Solar Cell”, “Automatic Cooking Robot”, “Pollution (air and waste)”, “Intelligent Cashbox”, and “Huge Air Freshener”. The student members applied what they had learnt from our programmes to different creative inventions and social issues to raise public concern on various social topics when completing their projects. It was our pleasure to have invited Ms Wong Po Yam, Candice, Headmistress of Po Leung Kuk Chong Kee Ting Primary School, Mr  Ng Lam Ngoi and Ms Mui Pui Pui, Chairpersons of Gifted Education, from the school to be the award presenters as a gesture of encouragement. Both parents and student members enjoyed the event and got inspired by the sharing.

    

Professor Ng Tai Kai, Executive Director of the HKAGE gave an opening speech in the conference and took a photo with Ms Wong, Headmistress of Po Leung Kuk Chong Kee Ting Primary School.

    

The HKAGE thanked parents and students of Po Leung Kuk Chong Kee Ting Primary School for joining the “1+1 Group”. Ms Tiffany Sin, Deputy Head of Affective Education Division of the HKAGE, presented a souvenir to Ms Wong.

Our heartfelt thanks to the teachers and volunteers for their help and support.

Group photo of the “1+1” Group Creative Project Dissemination.

Parents and students of Po Leung Kuk Chong Kee Ting Primary School.

HKAGE student members and their parents.

   

  

  

Student members giving presentations.

Parent Seminar cum Parent Education Programme Certificate Presentation 2017

The ‘Parent Seminar cum Parent Education Programme Certificate Presentation 2017’ held by the Affective Education Division concluded successfully. It was our honour to have Dr. Tsang Fan Kwong, an experienced psychiatrist, to give a speech on ‘Positive Parenting for Gifted Children’. Dr. Tsang suggested that parents should share happy memories with children to nurture humorous, creative kids who will ‘Dream Big’ and chase their dreams. His inspiring address and humour tightly grabbed the attention of the audience who didn’t want to call it a day and were eager to learn more from him.

Parent Education Programme Certificate and Certificate of Appreciation for the guest speaker.

Prof. NG Tai Kai, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, delivered a speech in the event and expressed gratitude for the continuous support from parents.

Group photo of the ‘Parent Seminar cum Parent Education Programme Certificate Presentation 2017’.

Dr. Tsang Fan Kwong suggested that parents should share happy memories with children to nurture humorous, creative kids who will ‘Dream Big’ and chase their dreams.

Parenting Emotionally Intense Gifted Children

The Affective Education Division hosted the parent seminar ‘Parenting Emotionally Intense Gifted Children’ last Saturday, for which we had invited Dr. Benjamin Wat Wai Ho, an experienced marriage and family therapist, as our guest speaker. Dr. Wat introduced to parents the characters of gifted students with vivid real-life examples, enabling mums and dads to find out what puts pressure on their children. He also suggested that parents could encourage instead of pushing gifted kids because love is the best cradle. With lots of joy and fun will our future pillars happily explore the world and live life to the fullest.

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Spending playtime with children is an act of love which helps nurture a stable mind for exploration.

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Parents were attentive at the seminar and would like to get tips on how to help children relieve pressure.