Mensa Greece brings focus to special needs of gifted children

Mensa Greece brings focus to special needs of gifted children

25 April 2012

A very special event is being put on by Mensa Greece to bring focus to the special needs of gifted children. It takes place at the Megaron Mousikis of Athens (The Athens Concert Hall), on Sunday, 29th April, and runs from 10.00 - 19.45.

Christos Apostolidis, Chairman of Mensa Greece, said: "Mensa Greece has grasped the opportunity emerging from the current social situation to focus more substantially than ever on the wider community by undertaking an event that is, by Greek standards, unique; an open event which aims at raising public awareness, supporting parents, but also training teachers on the special needs of gifted children.

"Parents, children, teachers, scientists and all those interested in gifted children and their special needs will have the opportunity to exchange views, knowledge, opinions and experiences so that every child can grow up the way it needs in order to become the best it can be."

Academics, child development experts, child psychologists and gifted people will analyze, each from their own perspective, ways of dealing with a child’s diversity so that the special characteristics of the young are not neglected.

Keynote speeches will be followed by parallel workshops during which there will be more interaction between parents, teachers, children and the speakers so that they can expand on special cases and answer specific questions. Speakers will include Dr. Loretta Thomaidis MD PhD, an Assistant Professor in Developmental Pediatrics in the Second Department of Pediatrics, Athens University and eminent physicist Dr. Dimitris Nanopoulos. Other speakers from Greece and the USA complete an impressive line-up of specialists..

During the day, various side events will take place, such as an exhibition of artwork by gifted children, a book fair, and IQ tests.

The event is supported by the Greek General Secretariat of Youth, the Mathematical Society and the UNC, Charlotte.
 
For further information, full list of speakers and how to book, go to http://gifted.mensa.org.gr/?lang=en.

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