Fidelma Healy Eames

The Gifted Learner: How to Help


The Gifted Learner is a straightforward guide to how high learning ability in children and young people can be recognised, differentiated and supported by parents, carers, teachers and schools.


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The Gifted Learner: How to Help is a complete introduction to how to nurture high ability students. The book reveals how to to unlock the potential of a gifted learner, so that their gift becomes a talent that is celebrated, enriching their life, and the lives of others.

Gifted children are often overlooked in education, as they are perceived to be high achieving. However, not all, have a consistent high ability, or achieve in all subjects.  Many gifted leaners are emotionally immature and need to be nurtured, holistically at cognitive and emotional levels and this book shows how.

The book includes chapters on curiosity, creativity, boredom and perfectionism. Please click on the content tab for the full contents.  There are nineteen detailed case studies of individual learners, their parents and teachers, which provides real and authentic insight.



The Gifted Learner: How to Help is for parents and carers; early years practitioners, teachers, teaching assistants, educational psychologists, school senior management teams and other education professionals; support groups; youth workers, group leaders and others interested in the wellbeing and socio-emotional development of children and young people.


Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

ISBN: 9781803880501

Publication Date: September 2022


Part 1: Introduction
1. What is giftedness?
2. Why a book on the gifted learner?
3. The Gifted Learner Framework
4. Models of giftedness
5. Tests for giftedness
6. History of giftedness

Part 2: Learning characteristics of gifted learners
7. Curiosity and the gifted learner
8. Problem-solving – relationship with maths and science
9. Avid readers
10. Quick learners

Part 3: Creativity
11. Flexible and divergent thinkers
12. Gifted learners’ language usage – spoken and written
13. Creative talent and imaginative expression
14. Sense of humour

Part 4: Motivation and leadership
15. Motivation and task commitment
16. Boredom
17. Competitiveness
18. Leadership

Part 5: Self-esteem and emotional development
19. Self-acceptance and gifted learners
20. Perfectionism and the intense gifted learner
21. Worry and anxiety

Part 6: Inclusion and curriculum provision
22. Under-achieving gifted learners
23. The twice exceptional learner
24. A differentiated curriculum for gifted learners
25. Best practice to support giftedness

Part 7: Conclusion
30. Summary
31. A last word to parents and carers
32. A last word to teachers and schools


Fidelma Healy Eames is Director and Lead Educator of Study and Careers, a consultancy based on the west coast of Ireland that offers guidance to professionals, teachers and students. She is a SEN primary teacher and educator, with an enduring interest in making learning easier.

To make remote learning easier in the light of the pandemic, in 2020 Fidelma developed a six module online ‘learning to learn’ study skills and mindset program. She has also expanded her consultancy to include career guidance, coaching and personality profiling for those in career transition. She is an accredited tester with the British Psychological Society in the areas of personality, ability, emotional intelligence, and educational assessment.

From 2006-17 she was a Senator of the Irish Parliament, and until 2013 was Fine Gael spokesperson on Education and Science. She maintains an active interest in politics and is a regular media contributor.


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