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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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HKAGE student members.

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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.