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An evening with Judy Hornigold

KLU were fortunate to host a relaxed evening last night with Judy Hornigold as our guest of honour. She had just completed a two-day professional development for SPELD Victoria, so it was great to be able to chat and just relax. Here are a few photos.

-Ann Williams, Convener of the Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and LD Parent Support Network, Bayside, and Chair of the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund

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Anne Jackson: Frankston & Peninsula Transcultural Network Meeting + CHIP Forum

Kids Like Us’ Co-founder and Director of Education, Anne Jackson, will be appearing at two brilliant events tonight (Tuesday, May 2nd) and tomorrow night, (Wednesday, May 3rd). At both of these events, Anne will be promoting awareness and knowledge of twice-exceptionality, and sharing her experiences of how to support those like the young people we work with.

Tonight’s event details

What: ‘The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem’ – Narrative Therapy in the context of Giftedness and Twice Exceptional Children. Anne will be sharing her insights and experiences from her work with ‘Kids Like Us’.

When: Tuesday 2nd May, 18:00 (6pm) – 20:00 (8pm)

Where: headspace Frankston, 62 Playne Street, Frankston


Tomorrow’s event details

What: “Twice Exceptional” with Anne Jackson. This forum will address what can be done to support the child who is able or even gifted but who potentially struggles with physical differences, ASD, reading, math, ADHD, mental health issues or other differences that makes the academic system see them as merely ‘average’.

When: Wednesday 3rd May, 19:00 (7pm) – 20:20 (8:20pm)

Where: The Auditorium, Kardinia International College, Bell Post Hill

Cost: $10 Members / $5 Students / $15 Non-members (no refunds on credits)


Other information: Attendance certificates are available on request for teachers and students.

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Information Evening: ADHD in School, How Do I Cope?

On Wednesday 10th May, Kids Like Us will be proud to welcome visiting clinical psychologist and long-time friend, Dr. Tim Edwards-Hart, for an information evening.

This session will examine the effect of ADHD in school, specifically how a lack of motivation, poor sleep patterns, irritability, anxiety and hyper-focus all impact upon learning, studying and attending school. Dr. Tim will especially focus on ADHD as an executive function disored which warps emotional regulation in a teenager’s brain.

Parents are encouraged to bring students who are keen to understand themselves more. Interested teachers, grandparents and friends are welcome.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 10th May

Time: 18:30 (6:30pm) – 20:30 (8:30pm)


Price: $25 per person

Who: This event is for parents, students, teachers, grandparents and friends

Where: This event will be taking place at The Hub, at 21 Bay Road, Sandringham. Note that this is not our new Beaumaris site.

Dr. Tim Edwards-Hart, MAPS is a clinical psychologist working with adolescents and young adults (ages 13-25), especially those with ADHD and related conditions. His interest in adolescent wellbeing and youth leadership development are the product of more than 20 years of working with adolescents and young adults in both Australia and the USA.

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Merrie Meetings – The Kids Like Us AGM 2016

As part of our governance as an organisation, each year Kids Like Us holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM), a meeting of the Kids Like Us Board that is open to the public.

This year, our AGM will be held on Sunday 13th of November, and will take something in the region of half an hour. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers to the Board from the floor.

The AGM will begin at 16:00, and will take place at our Bay Road premises at 21 Bay Road, Sandringham, VIC 3191.


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“The Best Day of My Life” – The Gifted and 2e Fair 2016

Sunday’s Gifted and 2e Fair was an incredible success! With over 400 people coming to celebrate and learn about the world of giftedness and twice-exceptionality, a great day was had by all. One eight year old girl even approached Louse Broadbent of the Gifted Support Network to let her know that ‘This is the best day of my life!’

Attendees at the Kingston Arts Centre were able to experience a wide range of activities and encounter other parents and gifted and 2e kids just like them.

We’d like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to the Gifted Support Network for inviting us to take part in this brilliant endeavour, as well as to everyone who donated their time and effort, and all those who came along!

If you’d like to learn more about giftedness and twice-exceptionality, please feel free to either check out the 2e page on our website here or to contact us at or on 03 9013 5582.

You can also learn about the great work taking place at the Gifted Support Network at their website here:

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Come One, Come All – Gifted and 2e Fair

Kids Like Us and the Gifted Support Network are organising a Gifted and 2e Fair for families, students and teachers, taking place on Sunday 9th of October from 2-5pm.

We will need a lot of help on the day, and we’re looking for 12 volunteers to help the exhibitors set up and pack down, as well as 6 volunteers to help manage the children’s activities and a number of other roles.

In order to manage the volunteers, we’ve created a website where you can enter your details against a specific role at a specific time.

If you can help out on the day, we would be incredibly grateful! All volunteers will be provided with a free lunch from 12:30-13:30 at the Networking Lunch with all the exhibitors and presenters.

To volunteer, please follow this link:

For more information about the event, follow this link here:

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An Audience with Anne – with Special Guests

Over the past 25+ years, Anne Jackson has had the opportunity to work and learn alongside some wonderful, amazing, troubled young people.

In recognition of what some have gone on to achieve, to reassure the current VCE students and all others and to allow you to look at real 2e people, Anne has organised this session with eight of her students aged from late-teens to mid-twenties. These students are highly varied, and are either studying or working in fields as varied as aviation and finance.

Each student will present a 5-minute talk with or without pictures of:

  • what it was like for them at school,
  • what strategies were put in (or not put in) place to help them at school,
  • their journey to where they are now, and
  • where they see themselves in 5 years’ time.

There will then be time for questions from the floor to the panel, with nibble and mingle time afterwards to allow individuals to ask specific questions to individual speakers.

This is a fantastic opportunity which has been very well received previously. Don’t miss out on your chance to hear from people who have managed to overcome adversities in the school system.

Event details: