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October 2014 - Issue 113
In This Issue
Director's Corner: Introducing Blog Reviews: A New SENGVine Column
Feature Article: Life Lessons for Gifted Students
SMPGs: The Heart of SENG: Parenting Gifted Children Through the Holidays
Talking Circles: Parenting the Culturally/Racially Diverse Gifted Child
100 Words of Wisdom: Kari DeMarco
Upcoming SENGinars

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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




December 5-6, 2014
Louisville, Kentucky 
University of Louisville, College of Education and Human Development
Facilitators: Molly Isaacs Mc-Leod, JD, LLM and Edward Amend, PsyD

January 15-16, 2015
Denver, Colorado
Denver Tech Center Marriott
4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO
(Limited rooms available 303-779-1100)


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November 11-13, 2014

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Dear SENG Friends,    

Molly McLeod


To all of our new SENG members, welcome to the SENG family! We at SENG offer sincere thanks for your support of SENG's mission: "to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually." Becoming part of the SENG community is, for many, a true homecoming. It provides a place to learn, to be our true selves, and to meet others who are like us. Welcome!


SENG is delighted to welcome Deborah Simon as our Interim Administrator. Deborah comes to us from Washington State where she lives with her husband, two children, dog, cats, chickens, and two new kittens. She brings a wealth of experience supporting entities during periods of transition. She is well versed in gifted as a teacher for over ten years with one highly gifted and one twice-exceptional daughter, and is also pursuing a M.Ed. in Gifted Education. She is president of West Sound Gifted, Talented & Twice Exceptional, has been involved with SENG for the last several years, and is an SMPG Facilitator. Welcome Deborah!


If you have not yet joined SENG, please consider doing so. Not only will you be supporting the only organization devoted exclusively to the social and emotional well being of gifted individuals throughout the life span, there are special "members only" benefits for you and your family. Click here to learn more: 


Molly Isaacs-McLeod  


Molly Isaacs-McLeod 

SENG Board Acting President


Introducing Blog Reviews - A New SENGVine Column

Gifted Blogs for Gifted Adults

by Carolyn Kottmeyer


I'm asked where I live and jokingly I reply, "in cyberspace." Sounds crazy, but it's more true than not. I receive e-mails asking me, "Since you are local to us, please come speak to our group." And those same people are shocked to learn that it's a five-hour flight to visit them. People from all over the world find me on my website, or on the SENG website, and think of me as a local friend, sharing and supporting them with gifted issues. It's not just me. Read More...

Life Lessons for Gifted Students

By James A. Reffel, David M. Monetti, and David T. Wasieleski  


Life is challenging for gifted students because their thoughts are often considerably more intense and persistent than their age mates (Hebert, 2011). They generally consider and question things that age mates do not. Due to their heightened curiosity, they question things that seem superfluous to others. According to Webb et al. (2007), gifted students might ask questions like, "Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?" (p.15) Or these students may be compelled to tell their kindergarten class how the red spot on Jupiter is actually a hurricane-like storm and not a land feature. 


While we never want to tell students how they should feel, we do want to encourage them and convey the message that they can control their reactions to difficulties and challenging events in their lives. Read More... 


Molly McLeod

Parenting Gifted Children Through the Holidays 

by Molly Isaacs-McLeod



Holiday stress. It all begins with Halloween and doesn't let up until January 1, when the winter doldrums set in (but that is a topic for another day). Holidays can be stressful because we are more pressed for time than usual and there are all kinds of expectations not usually in play - family gatherings, parties, gifts, maintaining and establishing traditions, travel, traffic, etc.


Much of the stress suffered by gifted families stems from intensities that one or more family members experience, parents included! So how can some of the stress be tamed for beleaguered parents and their children? Read More... 


Parenting the Culturally/Racially Diverse Gifted Child  


by Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn


When parents first learn of their child's disabling condition such as a learning disability in reading, Autism, or language impairment, it is often a very traumatic experience. In contrast, most parents are excited to learn they have an academically or intellectually gifted child. The average parents of a gifted child often find themselves in a state of bliss, as they are so proud of the human being they, after all, created. Many of these children will experience a life where their academic and social and emotional needs will be identified and addressed by their schools, society, communities, and families. As a result many of these children will mature into productive citizens and will go on to live satisfying lives. Read More...
100 Words of Wisdom: Kari DeMarco

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

"He's underperforming."

"Not listening."

"He has potential; just needs to try."


I've heard it all. Taken it with humility. My son has dealt with it and survived the disdain.


We knew he was gifted, knew he had ADHD. But many teachers can't reconcile the two. Finally, IQ testing showed he scores in the 99th percentile for the verbal domain, and the 20th percentile for working memory and processing speed. He has ADHD that even maxed out medication can't erase.


He's twice exceptional. That's why he looks smart, yet like he's spacing out. He is.


Deal with it. He has to.



Kari DeMarco has taught for 22 years at all ages and ability levels, but her passion is gifted ed. She is the president of WAETAG, coordinator for Wenatchee School District's K-12 gifted programs, and enjoys offering professional development and consultation in her "free time." She is a foster parent and mother of three children. 

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