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May 2014 - Issue 110
In This Issue
SMPGs: The Heart of SENG: Selecting Summer Camps and Activities
Director's Corner: Raising a Profoundly Gifted Child
Talking Circles: The Often Unspoken Pain of the Racially Diverse Gifted Child
100 Words of Wisdom: Linda C. Neumann
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  • Children/Teen Program
  • Gifted Adults
  • Special Topics
  • Educational Considerations
  • Over Excitabilites and Social Challenges
  • Twice Exceptional
  • Parenting and Grandparenting

All from some of the leading experts in the field.

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educator who has made a difference in the lives of gifted kids or adults.

For a tax-deductible donation of $50, your nominee will receive:
  • a letter of honor
  • a listing on the national SENG website  
  • a listing in the SENG Conference Program 
  • a 12-month subscription to the 2E Twice-Exceptional Newsletter 
  • Josh Waitzkin's book, The Art of Learning (while supplies last)
  • their school district or academic institution receives a certificate for formal presentation 
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Dear SENG Friends,    

Liz Campbell


As I write this, we are finalizing our plans for our 2014 Conference in San Jose, California!


We hope you can join us from July 18-20 at this amazing event, which features dozens of leading experts in the gifted field, including the following: 

  • Dan Peters, author of the Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fear, which won the Gold Medal in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
  • James T. Webb, founder of SENG and the author of many books, including the widely recognized A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
  • Carolyn Kottmeyer, founder of the Hoagies Gifted Education page, the most comprehensive listing of all things gifted on the web.
  • Noks Nauta, a leading researcher in the field of adult giftedness from the Netherlands.  
  • Paul Beljan, a neuropsychologist and co-author of the Legacy Book Award Winner Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children
And so many more! We have great sessions appropriate for parents and teachers of gifted children, gifted adults, and mental health professionals. We also offer Continuing Education classes, SENG Model Parent Group Training, and our Children/Teen Program. San Jose is a great summertime destination; learn more about what the city has to offer. 
Please visit out website to get all the details about our conference. 
And don't forget ... our early bird registration rates end May 31, so register today before our prices increase! 


See you in San Jose! 


Best wishes,

Liz Campbell

Liz Campbell

Executive Director   


Molly McLeod

The (Sometimes) Tricky Business of Selecting Summer Camps and Activities for Gifted Children

by Molly Isaacs-McLeod


It is that time of year again for making summer plans. (At least for those of us who did not sign on for camps and activities while housebound during the polar vortex.) Here are eight tips on ferreting out options and negotiating appropriate placements for summer camp, as well as two thoughts. I hope you find them helpful! Read More...


Raising A Profoundly Gifted Child

by Amy Harrington


Profoundly gifted children are the outliers amongst outliers. These children are intense, creative problem solvers who have voracious appetites for learning. A profoundly gifted child will have intense focus on passion areas and will fully commit to anything of interest to the exclusion of almost everything else. Or, at least that has been my experience while raising my own profoundly gifted boys and working with gifted families. My oldest child is one of those children who just doesn't fit any mold. He doesn't know where the proverbial box is, and he is so far outside of it that it is merely a notion he once had to deal with while in school. Read More... 


The Often Unspoken Pain of the Racially Diverse
Gifted Child 


by Tiombe Bisa Kendrick Dunn


In our society, many school-age children hear the clich� "you can be all you can be if you work hard." The latter is especially true of children possessing high cognitive ability. Educators, parents, and society in general have extraordinarily high expectations of individuals with high IQ test scores. Many of these students are encouraged to enter professions and careers "smart" people are thought to choose, such as medicine, business, engineering, accounting, information technology, architecture, commercial/international banking, etc. Read More... 
100 Words of Wisdom: Linda C. Neumann

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

Linda NeumannWe can become so overwhelmed with current challenges of raising gifted or twice-exceptional children that we lose perspective. We fear they'll never fit in, be unable to manage away from home, never be able to earn a living. But so many do manage to do these things. Despite rough times they may have as kids, most will eventually find their passions. Around those passions, they'll find acceptance and rewards. While they may not keep to the schedule and travel the path that most others do, be confident that they'll arrive at their destination nevertheless -the destination that's right for them.   



Past SENG Director Linda C. Neumann is the editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, a bi-monthly print and electronic publication that focuses on twice-exceptional children - those who have high abilities and LDs, either learning differences or learning disabilities. Written for parents, educators, mental health professionals, and others who work with these children, issues feature articles by experts in the field plus reviews of books, websites, and other resources. SENG thanks the Twice-Exceptional Newsletter for being a Gold Sponsor of our 2014 Annual Conference.




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