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August 2015 - Issue 121
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August sees the debut of our new feature "Voices".  A column dedicated entirely to your observations and experiences as a gifted individual.  

Want your voice heard? Share your personal experience and insights as a gifted and talented child, teen, adult or elder, and we may just feature your story in our monthly newsletter SENGVine.

We will consider a variety of different submission including stories, articles, 
poetry and art so don't be shy.

In the interim, please take a moment to enjoy the the first in a series, a submission from Shu-Of-The-Wind, a 17 year old amateur author and student. We are sure her story will resonate.

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Thursday August 27, 2015
"Tips for Helping Gifted Teens and Kids Cope with Trauma" 
Presenter: Sharon Barnes. 

With a brief preview from our archives... 

Some children and teens are more sensitive than others. You know if you have one. 

She gets mad at you and may even cry when you squish a spider with your shoe or swat a fly with a flyswatter. He tries to keep up with his friends or siblings, but when they watch scary movies, he has nightmares. She picks her clothes by which ones are comfortable, not what looks good. Clothes with scratchy labels or seams are out. Old shoes are preferred over new ones, because they feel good to wear. And these kids are traumatized by news stories about tragedies that nobody else in the family even notices...

Join Sharon Thursday August 27, 2015 for more on this compelling topic.

Coming Up: 

September 8, 2015
The Unique Challenge of Being a Gifted Woman (2015 Adult Gifted Series)
Presenter: Jade Rivera

October 6, 2015
If I'm So Smart, Then Why Am I So Dumb? (2015 Adult Gifted Series)
Presenter: Paula Prober

November 10, 2015
Gifted Elders (2015 Adult Gifted Series)
Presenter: Joy Navan

December 17, 2015
Motivation and Underachievement
Presenter: Jim Webb

You Can Make A Difference

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) relies on contributions from friends, corporations and foundations to support its operations. 

Fees from conferences, SENGinars and other awareness efforts only cover a small portion of our programs and other educational offerings.  Donations allow us to enhance our existing programming, establish new programs and plan for our future. 

You can make a DIFFERENCE.  Consider making a tax deductible donation to SENG today.   More ...   


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Dear SENG Friends,

This month's newsletter is dedicated to a celebration of the #SOAR with SENG 2015 Annual Conference.  

Registrants from all over the world traveled to Denver to participate in a spectacular three day event which included a Sponsor and Exhibitors Village, SMPG Training, Continuing Education Programs, a Children and Teens Program and over 95 different breakout sessions.  

The enthusiasm was palpable,  and it would not have been possible without your generous support of SENG Programming and SENG's Vision and Mission.    

A special thanks goes out to our production team for making it all possible; Kate Bachtel, Patricia Berlin, Norma Hafenstein, Nicholas Kristosfersen, Lauren Longworth, Patty Petrillo, Amy Phillips, Amy Powell, Denver University and The Ricks Center.   Without their commitment and dedication we would not have been able to produce an event of this caliber.

It was truly wonderful to meet everyone and to introduce ourselves.  We look forward to seeing you again for # Conference 2016 Colonial Williamsburg and we thank you for affording us the opportunity to support you in this your #Gifted Journey. 

Most Appreciatively, 

Elizabeth A.  Ringlee
SENG Interim Administrator 

"Our continuing goal is to help gifted children and their families not only to obtain important knowledge, but also to understand and accept themselves and others in ways that value, nurture, and support them in families, schools, workplaces, and communities. " Jim Webb -       
Director's Corner 

The Story is Only the Beginning

By Marianne Kuzujanakis 

There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.  -Ursula K. Le Guin

Summer traditionally means many things, such as more leisure time to read, watch films, and spend time with family.
We've all read books or watched films and television programs that profoundly spoke to us. The power of story offers intangible gifts that go far beyond setting, characters and plot.  More ...


An Issue with Sherlock that Annoys Me and Why

By Shu-Of-The-Wind
Just some thoughts about perspectives on the portrayal of intelligence in Sherlock

F irst of all, one thing you need to know is that I was a TA for a while when I was in high school. I worked at a school for highly intelligent children, children who, on the IQ scale, could be labeled as prodigies; as geniuses. I was in a classroom of students from ages eight to sixteen who were absolutely brilliant. I remember meeting a little boy, a little more than seven or eight years old, who read college microbiology textbooks and managed his entire family with a twitch of his finger. 

Children who have high IQs, children who are stunningly brilliant, operate on a swinging scale. The higher it swings on the intellectual side, the higher it swings on the emotional side.

Basically, when you're a child, if your brain is so far ahead of the rest of you, your emotions and your emotional maturity are going to be lesser even if your emotional intelligence (two very different things) is just as high as your brain function. You are highly sensitive, highly gifted, and both of those things pressed into one small body means that one is going to be shoved aside. More ...


Navigating society can be an ongoing challenge for the culturally diverse 

By Tiombe Bisa Kendrick - Dunn

For gifted and talented children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD)  backgrounds, navigating society is an ongoing challenge.  A paucity of catalysts vital to the success of these children such as prescribed guidance, equity in educational opportunities,  parental support, advocacy, and high quality extracurricular activities,  often hinder their growth as well as fruition of their potential. The deleterious impact these conditions often have across the lifespan on the social and emotional development of gifted and talented children from CLD backgrounds is nothing short of egregious! Often times when these children commence formal schooling, they naturally feel high levels of enthusiasm about school and all it's proverbial trimmings. However, these jovial feelings begin to evaporate for many of these children by the time they reach middle school or early adolescence. By this time, countless numbers of gifted and talented children from CLD backgrounds  have experienced a myriad of challenges including lack of high quality educational opportunities, discrimination, racism,  and lowered expectations. More ...

100 Words of Wisdom: Stephen Chou
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." 
A wisdom from Benjamin Franklin that reminds us that children don't often do as you say as much as they do what you do. Our children, who are at once exciting and anxiety-provoking, joyful and heart-breaking, sensitive and stubborn ... those teeter-tottery, roller-coastery, compelling rocketships and drop zones of intellect and emotions ... are continually ever-moving and lovingly our little selves that we are raising to be happy people. Remember for them to be happy, we, too, must nurture ourselves to be happy. Find your center and find your balance in life. Live what you Teach.


Stephen H. Chou, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in his private practice and a supervising clinical psychologist and the Director of Training at the Summit Center within the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Chou is also an adjunct professor at Alliant International University - California School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining the Summit Center, Dr. Chou was a supervising clinical psychologist at the Chinatown Child Development Center through the Department of Public Health with the City and County of San Francisco and the executive director of the Big Sibling Program. Dr. Chou practices and teaches from a developmental, strengths-based, and multicultural stance through the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. He has broad-ranging specialties with child and family and multicultural and community psychologies and particularly with gifted, talented, and 2e children and families. Dr. Chou also presents at state, national, and international conferences on a variety of topics in giftedness and is a SENG Board Member.


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