Supporting Children with High Learning Potential
Whichever profession you work in, from time to time you may need specialist support in how to work with children with high learning potential. This could include issues like:
- identifying a child with high learning potential
- how to support common behavioural issues in children with high learning potential
- underachievement and high learning potential children
- high learning potential children with special needs or a disability
- common social and emotional issues facing high learning potential children
We recognise that correctly identifying and supporting children with these characteristics is often not straightforward or simple. To support you as a busy professional we can therefore offer you:
- One-to-one Support over the Telephone (see below)
- Specialist Assessment Service to Complement and Support Your Work
- Professional Development
- Ongoing Support for You in Your Role
Potential Plus UK supports professionals working in the education, health, medical and related fields to provide practical information, advice and support. We support a wide variety of issues that professionals may face in working with a high learning potential child. Examples of common issues we support include:
- a child who has high verbal skill but is underachieving in school
- anxiety about schoolwork
- anger management issues
- handwriting issues
- Support in drawing up Education Health and Care Plans
There are two options open to professionals who are looking for support for individual children or with a specific issue:
- A one-off discussion with a consultant (at cost of £30 for a half an hour appointment)
- An ongoing support package for you as a professional that includes telephone information and advice (at just £50 a year)
One Off Discussion with a Consultant about a Specific Child
If you are concerned about a specific child and have an issue related to High Learning Potential which you wish to discuss with a professional but you are not sure whether you would find ongoing support useful, you can book a 30 minute telephone appointment with one of our consultants to discuss the issue. Not only do we have a wide range of skills and experience in this area but we also have links with other professionals as well as information and advice at our fingertips.
You can book and pay for this appointment on our secure system either online or over the telephone during office opening hours.
At time of booking, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to provide more information about your concern. You will not be required to divulge details of the child beyond their age, gender and school situation and this information will be stored securely and passed onto the consultant taking the call.
Any advice sheets which are mentioned during the call will be emailed to you free of charge as part of your call and if at the end of your call you feel that ongoing support would be of some use to you as a professional you will be given a discount on your booking.
To book or if you have any further questions please contact us during office opening hours 01908 646 433
Specialist Assessment Service
Potential Plus UK provides a comprehensive assessment service that details the learning profile of the child, together with recommendations and an action plan for professionals, parents and carers and, if appropriate, the child or young person themselves.
The High Learning Potential Assessment is administered by experienced Potential Plus UK Associates. Their own professional development includes qualifications in such things as psychology, occupational therapy, teaching, mental health and family support. They have also been trained and accredited by Potential Plus UK to enable them to work with children with High Learning Potential and their families and they bring with them a wealth of personal and professional experience in this area Our assessors have been approved and licensed by the test publishers to administer the tests.
The tests are only part of the service we offer. Once the assessment has taken place, we offer a package of ongoing support for the family to make sure that they and their child with High Learning Potential is supported every step of the way.
Potential Plus UK firmly believes that early identification of high learning potential is crucial to a child’s future.
We believe that in identifying high learning potential early on, professionals are better placed to spot signs of underachievement and missed potential, for example of children who have both high ability and a special educational need or disability (also known as dual or multiple exceptionality) or children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may lack the strategies or opportunities to demonstrate their ability in the classroom. Being aware of the areas of strength or talent of a child means that professionals are better able to ensure the child has the necessary support and challenge to help them thrive.