These quotes are examples of messages sent to Potential Plus (formerly the NAGC).
'Having a gifted child is like being given the most powerful computer but no manual. You are afraid that you might break it or get it working all wrong'.
'I did not think I would ever enjoy music so much. Watching my son play the piano is a wonderful experience; I love it!'
'Sometimes I think that this gift my child has is a curse'.
'I didn’t know that all four-year-olds didn’t want to know where Jupiter was in the solar system and what it was made of'.
' I have no friends at the school gate because I can’t share my child’s experiences with the other mums. They would think I was a pushy parent'.
'I can’t say she finds the work easy or that she gets high marks for her homework. They’ll think I’m a pushy parent but I’m not'.
'I don’t know what to do or how I go about identifying her needs. She is not an easy child and has difficulties at school with her peers, teachers and sometimes her behaviour is poor. I feel I may be failing her by not identifying her needs'.
'Our son is able in many areas but his handwriting is dreadful. Should I be as worried as I am and what can I do?'.
'Recently we have been having problems with our 12 year old daughter at school. The problems have ranged from being picked on in the playground to refusal to take part in group activities and refusing to do her work in the classroom.Please help!'
'I would like to find out about diagnosis and assessment resources for my 16 year-old son who has been considered as a gifted child but who is an underachiever with a depressive attitude. He has a true gift for music and art, but he has great difficulty following a regular school curriculum and is consequently failing in school and now does not want to go. What should I do?'
'I need financial support for my son, Abdul. He has passed his entrance test to attend grammar school. However, at present, I am a lone parent and I am finding it difficult to raise the money needed, please could you advise me of any sources of funding'.
'My 14 year old daughter has worried me since she was 3 ½ years old as she has had behavioural problems – she has a strength of will and obsessiveness that is difficult to understand. Socially she is awkward and often copes by mimicking her peers. She does extreme things I cannot understand. She is bullied at school, has few friends, argues with the teachers, is very lonely and is now self-harming. How do I get her what she needs? At times I feel exhausted and feel I’m letting my daughter down. Please help.'
'His handwriting, which was already bad, became totally illegible in Year 4 and he wrote virtually nothing and showed signs of distress. We feel we’ve let him down. But if we can retrieve anything and help him reach his potential in secondary school we’d like to help him try.'
'My son has a phenomenal memory. He has a reading age four years above his actual age, he has been able to read a map pre-school and has a good grasp of scientific concepts. However, he was diagnosed with a speech delay at two and a half had speech therapy and occupational therapy. His handwriting is still slow and untidy. In a class situation he is slow and hesitant to join in. We are unsure whether he is bored or whether he is preoccupied with the problems of handwriting. His teacher is concerned that his poor and slow handwriting will prevent him from achieving his full potential. We are unsure about what to do.'