Thriving Poppies is dedicated to helping students thrive.
We specialise in gifted education and supporting students with autism and ADHD.
For Schools & Teachers
For Families & Caregivers
Louise M Secondary Teacher
I have had the privilege of attending one of the workshops led by Dianne, and this experience had a profound impact on my professional growth as an educator. Dianne's workshop was transformative. She combined her academic expertise, extensive teaching experience, and lived experiences to deliver a captivating, interactive, and dynamic workshop. Her mastery of theories, up-to-date information and research, and practical strategies is evident, l walked away feeling empowered and equipped with increased confidence to implement immediate changes to my lessons and programs. Dianne's passion for the field of gifted education radiates throughout her workshops. She fosters a strong connection with participants and inspires them to continue developing their knowledge and skills. Her ability to engage and motivate educators is the key to the resounding success of her workshops. I walked away armed with valuable insights and practical strategies that have significantly impacted my students' learning. Dianne's dedication and expertise have not only enriched my teaching practice by instilling a newfound confidence to immediately initiate changes to my lessons and programs that will cater to the unique needs of gifted students. I wholeheartedly recommend Dianne's workshops to anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of gifted education, enhance their teaching practice, and gain the confidence needed to start implementing effective support for gifted students in their classrooms.Read more
Erin R Parent
I’m grateful to have an experienced and knowledgeable person to turn to for advice about learning in school for our 2 gifted children. Dianne has been able to simplify and help me understand the opportunities for extension learning in the Australian school system. I felt supported having a professional at our school meetings to negotiate the complex balance between extension and support for our 2e children. It was especially helpful to have someone that had experience with in-class teaching to understand and interpret the process of extending learning for gifted children, from pre-testing and all the way through to where our children are able to fulfil their learning potential.Read More
Jacqueline Peck Parent - Speech Pathology
I cannot express enough gratitude for the invaluable assistance and unwavering dedication provided by Dianne from Thriving Poppies .She has truly been a game-changer in our journey to ensure our child's educational success and well-being. She possesses an exceptional understanding of the unique needs and challenges faced by twice-exceptional students. Dianne demonstrates an impressive depth of knowledge regarding the complexities of giftedness coupled with learning differences. This expertise has proven instrumental in advocating for our child's rights and helping us navigate the often-complex educational landscape. One of the most remarkable qualities of Diane is her ability to build a genuine and trusting relationship with both our child and our family. She takes the time to truly listen, empathise, and appreciate the nuances of our child's strengths, struggles, and aspirations. This personalised approach has fostered a strong bond, allowing our child to feel heard, valued, and supported in their educational journey. Moreover, Dianne possesses exceptional advocacy skills, consistently going above and beyond to ensure that our child's educational needs are met. She has played a pivotal role in facilitating productive communication to articulate our child's unique challenges and strengths, propose appropriate accommodations, and negotiate for their implementation resulting in positive changes within the educational setting. Dianne has an impressive understanding of available educational supports available for twice-exceptional students. Dianne has provided us with invaluable advice that have enabled our child to receive equity in access to education and achieve his full potential. Lastly, I must emphasise Dianne's unwavering commitment to empowering our child to become an active participant in their educational journey. She encourages self-advocacy skills, fostering independence, resilience, and confidence in our child. This focus on building our child's self-advocacy abilities will undoubtedly prove invaluable as they navigate future educational and personal endeavours. In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Dianne at Thriving Poppies to any parent seeking exceptional support for their twice-exceptional child. She brings a unique blend of expertise, compassion, advocacy skills, and resourcefulness to the table. With Dianne's guidance and unwavering dedication, our child's potential has been unlocked, and their educational experience has been transformed for the better. We are truly grateful for the positive impact she has made on our child's life and education.Read more
Jennifer Koryzma Head of CAPA.
Dianne is an exceptional presenter who had me looking at my teaching in a whole new way. While we were differentiating already, she showed us how to consider the specific learning needs in front of us, ensuring that we use data and pre-testing effectively and to make effective changes that target the needs of our students. She is an engaging presenter, whose lived experience as an educator and school leader mean she knows what works and is realistic about the time constraints on teachers. I loved that she was not only knowledgeable about gifted students but also provided insight and practical tips for catering for autistic students and those with ADHD. The best professional development I have ever been to.Read more