Gifted children and adolescents may experience issues such as:

  • Social Isolation
  • Asynchrony
  • Frustration
  • Sensitivity
  • Intensity
  • Identity formation
  • Underachievement
  • Perfectionism
  • Boredom
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Multi potentiality

Our staff and associates have the training, knowledge and experience to provide the help the gifted population may need.

That help can be delivered through personal counselling, access to specialized resources, publications, seminars and groups.

Our People

Michele Juratowitch is Director of Clearing Skies and provides a range of services to meet the needs of gifted children, their parents and teachers.

Michele has qualifications in counselling, mental health and gifted education and provides counselling for gifted youth and their families.

She worked in schools for over twenty years and has instituted a range of programs and provisions for gifted students.

Michele develops resources; provides training for teachers and parents of gifted children; lectured in the postgraduate course in Gifted Education at the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) at UNSW; is a consultant to schools and member of advisory committees.

Michele is a co-author of “Releasing the Brakes”, the recent report on Australian acceleration practices and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the counselling and intervention needs of gifted children.

Rosalind Walsh is a trained high school teacher who holds a MEd (Gifted Education) from UNSW and a PhD from Macquarie University where she researched successful interventions for gifted children in prior to school settings.

She was the manager of the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) at the University of New South Wales for 10 years.

Rosalind has worked with teachers around Australia at both primary and secondary levels. Rosalind lectures in the Department of Education and the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University, and co-ordinates the programs for gifted students at a girls’ school in Sydney.

Rosanne Blundell is an internationally experienced middle and senior school teacher, holding a BSc. and BEd. from the University of Queensland.

She has a keen interest in the education of gifted students and has been actively involved with the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children Inc. as the North Branch President.

Postgraduate studies in the area of special education and involvement within the gifted and talented community have inspired Rosanne and Michele to come together to create the popular new resource book Make a Twist.

This resource book is a practical way for teachers to appropriately differentiate for the gifted child in the classroom. After 10 years of teaching, Rosanne now works for the University of Queensland, School of Education.