Disclaimer: These are all external sites and therefore we cannot take any responsibility for their content.
Irish Centre for Talented Youth - the CTYI website is information rich but can be difficult to navigate and is extremely plain. However, that said, it is a life line for a lot of parents of gifted children in Ireland.
National Association for Gifted Children UK - This is a 40 year old Charitable organisation for Gifted Children and their families in Britain. A great website with lots of information.
Hoagies Gifted Education Page - a fantastic US resource for parents and educators of gifted kids, with a special section for kids only. Totally self funded it gives fantastic advice such as dealing with schools. Don't be put off by the fact that its an American site; there's lots of good, practical advice here.
National Association for Gifted Kids (U.S.) - An excellent website, professionally produced. Defintely worth visiting.
Gifted Development Center - "Supporting giftedness throughout the life cycle". Great US based website with information on gifted assessment, visual spatiial learners and the latest research in these areas.; the section on adult giftedness is particularly interesting.
Outside The Box Learning Resources - fantastic Irish based company with great educational resources for both parents and educators.
Special Education Support Services - Unit of Department of Education & Sciences - aimed at providing support and professional development for educators working with special needs children
National Centre for Technology in Education - a government funded initiative which deals with technology in education. Useful information here about ICT for exceptionally able students.
National Educational Psychological Service or better known as NEPS. Important information here on educational assessment and how to apply
Schooldays.ie - Ireland's Online Resource for Parents & Teachers. Find everything you need here to successfully navigate the Irish Education System; from information on preshcools, primary and secondary schools to afterschool care and summer camps. Active discussion boards as well! Includes very useful Schools Calendar.
Bright Kids Ireland Chat Group - Gifted Education Discussion Forum - great topics on educaion legislation and parenting
Cognito.org - "Connecting Young Thinkers around the World" This site from John Hopkins University serves as an online community for academically talented youth. Includes webcasts, news & interviews and a forum. The site also includes a huge links page to the best on the web. Fantastic!
Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development - "Our vision is to inspire and serve the worldwide gifted community of students, educators, and families through exemplary leadership in advocacy, programming, and research." Based at the University of Iowa, this reknowned Center has become a world leader in gifted education programmes. Celebrating 20 years they have recently launched an International Partnerships website which showcases their many collaborative international projects. We would also recommend that both educators and parents check out their Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (IRPA).
GT-Cybersource - A portal to all gifted online resources. Very useful.
Archways - Based in Clondalkin, Dublin, this "is a national organisation promoting and researching the use of evidence based programmes as an intervention for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties and also as a means to prevent such difficulties arising in the first place."
UniquelyGifted.org - US site containing a collection of resources for families with gifted/special needs children and professionals who work with them.
Future Problem Solving Program International - " stimulates critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future."
Rainbows - "a non profit making, international organisation that provides curricula for establishing peer support groups for children, youth and adults who have experienced a death, separation, divorce or other painful transition in their family."
Seomra Ranga - Great resources for Irish Primary School Teachers and Home Educators.
Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), an SFI-funded university-based research consortium located at DCU, UCD, TCD and UL organised the first ever All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad in April 2009. CNGL invited transition-year and 5th-year students in Ireland with an interest in languages and good analytical skills to put them together, learn about linguistics, and participate in this fun competition, with a view to representing Ireland in the International Linguistics Olympiad in Poland this summer. This was an amazing opportunity for schools and students to participate in an International Olympiad. This competition is now over but if you would like information on next year's event please contact Cara Greene of the CNGL by tel 01 7006704 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Wicklow Triple A Alliance - to support families, provide information, and seek educational facilities and resources for children and adults living with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and A.D.H.D.
Clarefocus.ie - provides information on a wide range of community and social activities in Co. Clare. Community Groups can also post details of their upcoming events free of charge.
Dystalk - "for parents of children who are looking for information on how to optimise their child's learning. dysTalk provides information on specific learning difficulties that may be undermining a child's performance as well as learning strategies that can potentially be applied to all children of all abilities."
Daynuv - "is a virtual worlds development studio focusing on 3D immersive spaces for education. We design, build and host open ended computer simulations where teachers and children can construct their own educational environments where the only restriction is the imagination." Check out this highly innovative project " Virtual Europe" for Gaelscoil O’Doghair in Newcaslte West, Co. Limerick.
Anam Cara Parent Bereavement Support - " was formed to address the needs of bereaved parents and families. The loss of your child is like no other and bereaved parents often find them selves isolated and lonely in their grief. Who can really understand how you are feeling? Only someone else who is walking the same road as yourself. " Beautiful, touching and much needed website for those families coping with grief.
An Cosán - based in Jobstown, Tallaght West, an Cosán provides community-based education, childcare and enterprise initiatives for local people.
Mad Pride Day - a wonderful initiative from Social Entreprenuers Ireland Awardee John McCarthy - an annual family fun day in Cork & Killarney which celebrates difference and seeks to stop the stigma of mental health in Ireland.
Reconnect Autism - brings the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) programme to Ireland for the first time. RDI is a parent-education programme based on the latest research on the brain, developmental psychology and autism that focuses on promoting and enhancing the child’s social and emotional understanding.
General Links In Brief
Disclaimer: This is not an expert site, it is run on a voluntary basis and as such is based on opinion and experience but we hope that it acts as a signpost for educational resources and other support services for Irish families with exceptionally able children. By using this website you accept that any dependence by you on such information, opinion or advice is at your own risk.