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August/September 2014 - Issue 112
In This Issue
Director's Corner: Starting a Community Support Group the NZAGC Way
Join Us! New SENG Memberships Available
SMPGs: The Heart of SENG: So tell me about SOPS...
Talking Circles: A New School Year
100 Words of Wisdom: Jean B. Goerss
Upcoming SENGinars

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October 7, 2014
Human 2.0: Asperger's is Awesome
Presenter: Frank Gaskill, PhD

October 16, 2014
Continuing Education (1.5 Credits) Assessment From the Perspective of a Clinical and School Psychologist 

Presenters: Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn, MS, SSP, and Stephen H. Chou, PsyD 


November 6, 2014
Building Resilience in Gifted Children: Fostering a Sense of Autonomy and Confidence 

Presenter: Shayna Whitehouse, PhD

December 11, 2014
Gifted 101
Presenter: Carolyn Kottmeyer



Spot a SENG Speaker  
in Your Area  

Date: September 23, 2014 
Newenka DuMont
A Herd of Buffalo Could Raise a Gifted Child - Really?
Location: Chicago Gifted Community Center and Nurturing Wisdom Academy in Hinsdale, IL 
7:00 pm  
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Date: October 4, 2014 (2:30-3:45 pm)
Presenter: Lori Comallie-Kaplan
Title: Out of Our Minds and Into Our Hearts: Nurturing the Social-Emotional Needs of Our Gifted Children
Location: New Mexico Association for the Gifted Fall Institute (6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM - October 3-4, 2014)
More Info: Check website for full conference details.


NAGC Conference Speakers
Baltimore, MD

November 11-13, 2014

Carolyn Kottmeyer: You Are Not Alone! Social-emotional Needs of the Gifted

Kate Bachtel: Sparking Leadership in Gifted Girls

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Dear SENG Friends,    


As summer inches toward a close, schools have either reopened, or will soon reopen their doors for students, and young adults will continue their courageous pursuit of a vocational or college education. This indeed is the time of year when hope is renewed for what life has in store for the next generation that is being educated today. I truly hope all of you were able to enjoy time with family, maybe take a vacation, plan for dreams, pursue hobbies or passions, or simply enjoy some downtime over the past three months.


Over the summer, SENG has worked diligently to ensure our constituency is offered the best and most up-to-date information and services that pertain to the social and emotional needs of gifted and talented individuals. As a result of this collective effort there is exciting news to share with all of you. SENG's first international conference held in San Jose, California during the month of July was the most attended conference in SENG history! Conference attendees traveled from many different countries. as well as from all over the United States to embark on their journey to learn more about the social and emotional needs of gifted and talented individuals. The conference was a huge success and we are already preparing to host an even more successful conference in Denver, Colorado next July 24-26, so start making your plans now!


On a sad note, I must announce the resignation of our Executive Director Elizabeth Campbell. Ms. Campbell has chosen to take another position, which will allow her to spend more time with her family. I am very sad to see Ms. Campbell go, as she has been a great asset to the organization over the past two years. All of us at SENG will miss her greatly! I personally want to thank Liz for all her guidance and hard work, from which SENG has benefited tremendously, and wish her well on her new journey.


I hope the start of the 2014-2015 school year is a very positive one for parents, educators, students, school administrators, university professors, and mental health professionals who are charged with the educational and social/emotional well-being of gifted and talented individuals. I want to encourage all of you functioning in this capacity to remember that the happiness of these individuals is in many ways dependent on your knowledge, guidance, support, affection, love, attention, and many many sacrifices. Please remember that SENG is always available to provide support and resources to help you in your mission. I wish you all a highly successful academic year!


Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn 


Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn, SSP, NCSP

SENG Board President   


Starting a Community Support Group the NZAGC Way

by Rose Blackett


As president of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC), parents wanting information on how to connect with other families who have gifted children often approach me. My personal journey as a parent of two gifted children started with reaching out to other parents of gifted children. The information, contacts, and resources I gained this way have been invaluable on my parenting pathway. Therefore, I would like to share with you how to set up a support group NZAGC style. Read More... 

New SENG memberships available 

SENG is proud to announce its first ever-official SENG membership!


At SENG we have always considered our presenters, involved parents, SMPG trainers, recognized professionals, and really everyone who visits our website and attends our conferences and SENGinars to be part of our family. Through the years we've had many people ask us about becoming official SENG members, but we did not offer this option - until now. Read More... 


Molly McLeod

So tell me about SOPS....

by Molly Isaacs-McLeod


Earlier this year SENG Online Parent Support (SOPS) Groups were introduced to the public as part of the SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) program. As many of you know, SMPGs are the heart and soul of SENG, being the first "program" offered by SENG in the early days of the organization. The SENG Model consists of certified co-facilitators guiding a conversation of ten chapters of the book, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children (Webb et al), and meeting weekly over an eight to ten week period with a group of 10-20 parents. Read More... 


A New School Year  


by Tiombe Bisa Kendrick Dunn


The start of a new school year brings hope and challenges for gifted and talented students in K-20 matriculation. While many gifted and talented students enjoy positive educational experiences, there are some who don't. In general, gifted and talented students experience a multitude of difficulties throughout their academic journey, and these experiences often have a negative impact on their social and emotional functioning. Difficulties may include, but are not limited to, lack of support, limited services, lack of advocacy, lack of understanding, and limited guidance. Read More... 
100 Words of Wisdom: Jean B. Goerss

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

I support SENG because it addresses the most significant obstacle to success of happiness for gifted children social and emotional issues that come with giftedness significant distress and loss of productivity. Childhood is the incubator that either feeds for suffocates the potential in a gifted person. It is very hard to recover from the trauma of being a child, gifted, and misunderstood. Each of the characteristics of giftedness can promote a feeling of alienation that interferes with good mental health. Seng promotes awareness of these issues and disseminates Strategies to help children and their parents negotiate childhood well.


Jean Goerss, MD, MPH, received her bachelor's degree from University of Portland, her medical degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine, and her MPH in epidemiology (the study of disease in populations) from University of Minnesota. She completed pediatric training and a genetics fellowship at Mayo Clinic. She has two gifted sons, and she has been studying giftedness for more than 13 years.
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