What is common between Sachin Tendulkar, Zakir Hussain, Einstein, Bill Gates, John Nash, Picasso
They each have a priceless gift........
Did you know....................?
10% of the school going population is gifted and only 1 % of these children are detected and helped to achieve their potential
The Disha Center for the Gifted & Talented (DCGT) is a center that seeks to identify, guide, and empower the Gifted.Disha Center for the Gifted is a Global Affiliate of the California Association for the Gifted. As part of the Global Affiliate Program we identify, assess and counsel the Gifted and their parents to help them realize their exceptional abilities.
The Gifted are individuals who have outstanding abilities and are capable of high performance and thus need unique educational and recreational opportunities.
It's a social and moral responsibility to HELP, GUIDE AND EMPOWER these individuals to help realize their unique potential.
Disha assists schools in identifying their gifted and nurturing their special talents.
The programme follows the following course:
MODULE ONE: IDENTIFICATION
The class teachers do the initial screening, based on the child's academic performance over the past 2 years, and presents the shortlist to the school counselor.
The counselor may meet up with parents of the shortlisted children for additional information (this step is optional).
A psychologist from Disha conducts a parent awareness talk, where parents are informed about what is giftedness, how assessment is done, what are the needs of the gifted children and answers their queries.
Comprehensive Assessment for Identification of gifted students.
Report and Individual Counseling Session
Assessment is done in two stages
Stage One: Screening
Here children are put through an IQ test. Children whose full scale IQ is 140 or above are further shortlisted for the full assessment.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours per child.
Once all the students are assessed, computerized reports will be given out for those children whose IQ falls below the cut-off. The psychologist from Disha will have individual counseling sessions with the parents of each child, where the reports will be explained.
Stage Two: Complete Assessment
Children who are above the 140 cut-off are then administered the entire assessment battery. Tests include:
Wide Range Achievement Test -Expanded
Learning Styles Inventory
Personality Test (HTP or MAP) depending on the child's age.
School Academic Records for 2-3 years (depending on child's grade)
Self Essay by Students
Duration: 3 Sessions of approximately 1.5 hours each.
MODULE TWO: ENRICHMENT
Disha Center for the Gifted & Talented offers a unique enrichment programme for intellectually gifted students. This programme focuses on helping the gifted children realise their potential, make optimal use of the same, while at the same time be emotionally well balanced and stable individuals. The programme comprises of 4 workshops with the students, one parent workshop, and one individual session with every parent.
The workshops cover the following areas:
Motivation: Many of the children assessed have been found to lack in motivation for academics. This workshop will focus on helping them realize their potential, set stretched targets and motivating them to achieve these targets.
Social and Emotional Development: Gifted children often feel lonely and isolated, as they find it difficult to connect intellectually to their peers, yet may have emotional needs that are age appropriate. This workshop focuses on helping children realize their 'uniqueness', teaching them to express their emotional needs in appropriate ways, and helping them to develop satisfying interpersonal relationships.
Creativity: This workshop focuses on enhancing children's creativity and teaching them divergent problem solving abilities. Gifted children tend to pick up creative problem solving techniques quickly, and this vital skill can go a long way in enhancing their performance and productivity.
Self & Society: Gifted students can often have an inflated sense of self. This workshop focuses on helping them get better insights into themselves, helping them see their strengths as well as weaknesses, and finally, making them realize that they can and should use their potential to contribute in meaningful ways to society. The focus is on building self awareness and humility, as well as on building awareness about the underprivileged and how one can help them.
Parent Workshop: The parent workshop will focus on helping parents come to terms with their child's 'giftedness'. Parenting a gifted child can be a demanding and exhausting task, and this workshop focuses helping them understand their child's way of thinking and reasoning, and teaching them skills and techniques that will enable them to deal with the unique challenges of raising a gifted child.
Individual sessions with Parents: These sessions will provide child specific input to the parents. Specifically, the parents will be given a "Unique Enrichment Plan" that will tell them which areas they should provide stimulation in and what activities will help the child optimize the child's potential.
Duration:The children and parent workshops are for 2 hours each. The individual sessions last for about 45 minutes per session. Ideally, the program can be run in weekly sessions. Alternately, a 2 day session can also be arranged to cover all the workshops.
MODULE THREE: INDIVIDUALISED ENRICHMENT PLAN (IEP)
- Fine Arts Auditorium, Chembur 14th May
- Acharya Atre Auditorium, Kalyan 15th May
- Veer Savarkar Auditorium, Dadar 21rd May
- Imperial Banquets, Raghuleela Arcade, Vashi 22th May
- Rangsharda Auditorium, Bandra(W) 28th May
- Bhaidas Hall, Vile Parle (W) 29th May
- Kashinath Ghanekar Auditorium, Thane 4th June
- Jasmine Banquet Hall, Raghuleela Mall, Kandivali (W) 5th June