September  2016
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Dear Friends,
School has begun once again -- an exciting yet stressful time for gifted students of all ages, as well as their families and teachers. We hope that all of you have  had enough time to devote to relaxation and self-care, as well as opportunities to delve into your passions and interests. The season for learning is a wonderful time. 

Wishing everyone a peaceful and educational fall! 

In gratitude, 

Elizabeth A. Ringlee
Executive Director of SENG

Strategies for Dealing With Overexcitabilities
by Regina Hellinger 

Recently I wrote an article for the SENGvine , " The Gift of Emotional Overexcitabilities ."  Many expressed their relief at being seen and understood. Others were concerned about what this reality would look like; would highly sensitive people be perceived as mentally unstable or would they be bullied for their sensitivities?

The intention of this follow-up is to provide strategies to embrace the gift of being highly sensitive. I have devised a strategy called the BERRY Approach, which is a combination of strategies that work together to authenticate and empower.  More...
The Self-Education of Gifted Adults
by Lisa Rivero

What are you, really? Who are you apart from being a partner, a worker, a parent, a teacher, or even a "formerly gifted child"? What real decisions have you yet to make? What influence do you want to exert through your life? What do you want to become, and how will you get there?

In short, do you know if you are living up to your potential?

Does the very question provoke a rush of anxiety?  More...
Keeping the Family Balance
by Marc A. Caplan, PhD. 

Because of a gifted child's inclination towards overexcitability in one or more of the areas we've noted, their response to the situation often may seem far more extreme and even disruptive to the family as a whole. The emotionally overexcitable child may react with a sense of foreboding and "end of the world" dramatics when told that a change is imminent for the family, such as a move or even a change in schools.   More...
Getting Over Overexcitabilities: Effectively Managing Family Interactions when Family Members Have Different OEs 
by Debbie Michels, MS ED, MA and Teresa Rowlison, Ph.D.

Family interactions can be challenging. However, when all the family members have overexcitabilities and not necessarily the same ones, effectively managing family interactions can be extremely challenging. This article provides a brief overview of the different overexcitabilities. Then researched based recommendations are provided for how to effectively manage family interactions when overexcitabilities are involved based on the authors' personal experiences.   More...
An Interview with Michael Piechowski, Recipient of SENG's Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Michael Piechowski has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as a faculty member at four universities before retiring in 1999. He has studied and written extensively on the developmental potential of the gifted as well as on spiritual giftedness. For a number of years he worked closely with Dr. K. Dabrowski, the author of the theory of positive disintegration, of which overexcitabilities are a part. 

Dr. Piechowski is the author of "Mellow Out," They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright, co-editor with Susan Daniels of Living with Intensity, and co-editor with Christine Neville and Stephanie Tolan of Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child.  More...

NEW! Post of the Month 

Social Media not your thing?  We wouldn't want you to miss the article that generated so much traction on SENG's Facebook page this month:

  Counseling Gifted Adults: A Case Study  by Paula Prober. 

SENG is now on Tumblr! Tumblr is a valuable and vibrant online community, where many gifted teens and young adults find solace.  Check us out at , and feel free to send in any questions or comments concerning giftedness. 

Mark the Date

SENGinars are online presentations on giftedness, hosted by many of the top experts in the gifted field.

Dr. Susan Daniels SENGINAR - Living With Intensity

Based on the book with the same title, Living with Intensity, this SENGinar will address the intensities and sensitivities of gifted children along with strategies and modifications in teaching and parenting. Living with Intensity presents theory, research and anecdotes of the gifted experience of social and emotional development.  As a co-editor and author of the book, Susan has significant background in the social-emotional needs of the gifted.  

About the Presenter: Dr. Susan Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of the Summit Center as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University - San Bernardino.  At the Summit Center, Dr. Daniels provides Differentiated Educational Plans for children and adolescents as part of the Gifted Comprehensive and Gifted Complex Assessments. Dr. Daniels is co-author of Raising Creative Kids (Great Potential Press, 2013), and co-editor and co-author of Living with Intensity (Great Potential Press, 2008).

This SENGinar will be on September 29. Register now!

SMPG's are structured to bring together 10 to 20 interested parents of gifted and talented children to discuss such topics as motivation, discipline, stress management, and peer relationships.  Become a SENG Model Parent Groups Facilitator; support the gifted community as a facilitator or co-facilitator.   

Ottawa, KS
Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 2, 2016
Regnier Center, Johnson County Community College 
12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210  
 Facilitators:  Beverly Fink, Nancy Leyerzaph, Sheri Plybon  

Central Ohio 
Central Ohio Gifted Support (COGS) Facilitator Training 

SENG conferences prioritize recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the social and emotional needs of the gifted population. At conference, SENG provides a wholly original forum to empower, support, and connect gifted individuals as well as teachers, parents, and counselors.  Join us in Chicago for an exceptional event! 

Chicago Marriott Naperville
Thursday August 3, 2017 Pre-Conference
August 4-6, 2017  Conference
Details coming SOON!

In Gratitude...

We would like to recognize our SMPG Facilitators for the hard work they contribute to our community of parents across the globe.  SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) Facilitators nurture, support, and guide parents as they struggle to find their own answers regarding parenting their complex children through guided discussion groups.

Thank you to Kasi Peters, facilitator for our current SMPG in Los Angeles, CA,  as well as  Rupali Hofmann and Marlys Lietz, facilitators of our SMPG in Boulder, CO!

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About SENG

SENG is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) entity with a diverse Board of Directors. Our mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their potential: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. 

With the goal of further expanding its activities and reaching more people, SENG is constantly developing new strategies to assist and enlighten members of this unique community.  SENG accepts contributions of all sizes from individuals and organizations. Please join us in our work to increase understanding, knowledge, and services for gifted children, individuals and adults.

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