A Brilliant IQ: Gift or Challenge?

This very practical handbook looks at the hurdles and obstacles that stand in the way of a gifted person becoming a well-rounded, successful individual, whilst also discussing the opportunities and advantages of being bright, and ways to ensure bright sparks grow up to become well-adjusted adults.

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Fantastic book. Full of practical tips for parents of kids of all ages and for teachers and schools too.” (Amazon review)



ISBN: Print: 9780857478344 E-book: 9780857478368 Categories: , , , , , , ,

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The book draws on the authors’ personal experiences and professional, evidenced findings to provide accurate, practical and meaningful advice for bright individuals, their parents and professionals on how the challenges of having a high IQ can be overcome. The education plans and practical solutions will be invaluable for educational psychologists and teachers.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • What it means to have a high IQ
  • Identifying a gifted child
  • Advantages of being gifted
  • Physical challenges
  • Emotional challenges
  • Social challenges
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • Adolescence
  • The Four rules for success
  • Parenting bright sparks
  • Being supportive
  • Examining education
  • Support in school
  • If it ainʼt broke …

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Read the book review in MENSA Magazine


“All the information I have been searching for.”

Clear and concise with plain language, this book completely normalised what we have been experiencing in the last 12 months. Chapters are succinct and advice is practical.


Lyn Kendall is a psychologist and educator who serves as British Mensa’s Gifted Child Consultant. She has over 40 years’ experience working with children of all ages and intellects, focusing mainly on the fields of Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented Education. Lyn holds a Master’s Degree in Education (Special Needs and Inclusive Education) and is both a qualified psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society.

Chris Allcock is a professional writer and games designer. As an experienced writer, he has collaborated with other creative individuals to create video game scripts, strategy guides, art books, comics, promotional materials and more. Having joined Mensa at the age of seven, co-authoring A Brilliant IQ has presented Chris an opportunity to offer the perspective of someone who overcame many of the same challenges, and reassure bright sparks everywhere that they have what it takes to thrive.

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Weight 0.22 kg



Print: 9780857478344 E-book: 9780857478368

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Sample page from Chapter 1: What it Means to Have a High IQ


What is a humdinger? (Sample page from Chapter 3: Advantages of Being Gifted)


What are the four rules for success? (Sample page from Chapter 9: The Four Rules for Success)


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