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April 2014 - Issue 109
In This Issue
Feature Article: When Your Child Goes Overboard: Fears and Compassionate Concerns
SMPGs: The Heart of SENG: Kindergarten: Is your child ready?
Director's Corner: Alphabet Soup and Stardust
100 Words of Wisdom: Daniel Peters, PhD
New SENG Online
Parent Support Group 

May 1 - June 26

Dates: (8 Thursdays) May 1, 8, 15, 29 & June 5, 12, 19, 26 (skipping the week of May 22)


Times: 8-9 pm Eastern Time


Materials: Please purchase A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children in advance

from or directly from the publisher, Great Potential Press.  


Participation through high-speed Internet is recommended; however, phone participation is available.


Cost: $200 per person

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Registration is now open for the SENG Annual Conference! Early Bird Registration Rates End May 31!

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Conference Highlights: 
- 80+ sessions to choose from
- Children and Teen Programs
- SMPG Facilitator Trainings
- Continuing Education Sessions
  for Mental Health Providers
- Access to experts in the field
  of giftedness
- Great keynote speakers
- Networking, friendships, and
  much more!

Sponsorship, Exhibitor and Advertising Opportunities Reserve your space by May 15 to ensure you receive all the benefits of sponsorship. Questions? Contact SENG Executive Director Liz Campbell at (845) 797-5054.

James T. Webb Scholarship 
Apply now for the 2014 James T. Webb Scholarship for
identified gifted and talented students from minority populations and their parents to attend the annual conference. Scholarships do not cover the cost of travel or lodging.

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Dear SENG Friends,    

Liz Campbell


SENG is an organization that touches about 25,000 people annually. We achieve a lot each year with less than two full-time employees, a few part-time contractors, and a dedicated board of directors. Our annual budget of approximately $300,000 is funded through program revenue, philanthropic contributions, and an endowment fund.


At this time, I'd like to take a moment to thank all of those who made charitable contributions to SENG in 2013. Our Annual Report of 2013 Donors is available to view online. Thank you to all.


We hope you will continue to support SENG this year. There are so many ways that you can assist us in achieving our mission of helping gifted individuals of all ages:

  • Make a charitable gift to SENG.
  • Check out our live and prerecorded SENGinars, which offer access to leading experts in the gifted community. 
  • Sign up for on online parent support group.
  • If you shop through Amazon, consider utilizing Amazon Smile and choose Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted as the charity of your choice. 
  • Learn more about giftedness through our homestudy courses.
  • Attend our conference in San Jose, California this summer! To learn more about our conference, please visit our website. Our early bird registration rates end May 31, so register today and join us for a life-changing experience! Want to learn more about what our conference is like? Watch a YouTube video from our 2012 conference.


Thank you for your support! 


Best wishes,

Liz Campbell

Liz Campbell

Executive Director   

Feature Article

Nancy M. Robinson, PhD When Your Child Goes Overboard: Fears and Compassionate Concerns

by Nancy M. Robinson, PhD



When Johnny was 5, he was greatly disturbed by the accounts of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Not only was he deeply sympathetic to the orphaned children and their uprooted families, but desperately fearful of an earthquake and radiation dangers happening here at home. Living in Seattle, as we do, I didn't regard this as particularly unreasonable. But why does he experience distant and unlikely events in this way when his schoolmates are blissfully unaware? What can I do to help? Read More...


Molly McLeod

Kindergarten: Is your child ready?
More than ready in some respects and not in others?

by Molly Isaacs-McLeod


All around the country, parents have received or are eagerly awaiting envelopes from schools (public, independent, and parochial) that will contain information about their child's options for kindergarten. Some parents -- who now have older children and are thinking about college acceptances, available slots in magnet programs, waitlists, etc. -- will certainly recall what it was like to have a young child who was "different" and the worry and concern that went into that K placement decision. Read More...


Alphabet Soup and Stardust  


by Evelyn King Metcalf


From the back seat of the van I hear the most amazing music. That's where my daughter shares it with me. I rarely see her otherwise, tucked up in her room, under her covers. It's been a hard winter. And a long yet short 15 years of figuring and not figuring things out.


Usually I hear Japanese pop music, with her singing along (she does not speak Japanese ... yet), or vocaloids (computer-manipulated sound), or a band of singing robots. I've fallen in love with Imagine Dragons, and when she plays On Top of the World, I pump my fist in the air once or twice, careful to keep both hands on the wheel, per her reminder. Read More... 
100 Words of Wisdom: Daniel Peters, PhD   

In approximately 100 words, experts from around the world offer their perspective on some aspect of giftedness. View and share the online version. 

We often spend so much time advocating for our gifted children, students, and clients -- explaining how they are different from the norm -- that it is easy to forget the commonalities they share with other children, as well as the job we have in raising and guiding them. Gifted children, like all children, need to learn to cope with life's curve balls; to persevere in the face of adversity; to deal with change; and to learn how to play with, negotiate, and compromise with others. These skills are far more valuable than reading, writing, and math, will take them farther, and are essential for success in life.  


Dr. Dan Peters, licensed psychologist, is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families with special emphasis on gifted, talented, and creative individuals and families. Dr. Peters serves on the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Advisory Board, the 2e Center for Research and Practice Advisory Board, and the SENG Editorial Board. He is co-author of Raising Creative Kids, and author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fears and From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears.

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