June  2016
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Dear Friends,
June certainly has been a wild ride. June is a month of exams and finals; a month to prepare in excitement and make plans for the summer. It is a month to celebrate Father's Day, graduations, LGBTQ+ Pride, and so much more.
All of this made the Orlando shooting on June 12 all the more upsetting. Such a massive tragedy is bound to have profound effects on the Orlando community, the LGBTQ+ community, the Latinx community, and so many more.
It is times like these that it's most crucial to take care of each other. Gifted individuals like you and your family members are likely to feel this tragedy deeply, and by sticking together, we can support one another in healing.  The support of a community can truly help people heal, even at the darkest of times.  In everything we do at SENG, from our large Annual Conference to our smallest SENG Model Parent Group meeting, our greatest priority is to support each member of our community. Together, we are stronger. 

We have many mediums of support that may be able to help at this time, including our list of mental health professionals, and the first three articles below in this newsletter.  Please know that you are not alone.  You have a community here at SENG, who understand the intensity of your emotions. 

Elizabeth A. Ringlee
Executive Director of SENG

Tips of Helping Gifted, Highly Sensitive Teens 
& Kids Cope with Trauma
by Sharon M. Barnes 

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

What do y ou do when this child is traumatized by tragedy that is on the other side of the country or the world?   More...

Sharon M. Barnes,  MSSW, LCSW,  is a therapist for highly sensitive and/or gifted people based in the Denver, Colorado area. 
Helping Parents Help Children in Traumatic Times
by Marianne Kuzujanakis 

Again the world grieves from another act of outrageous violence as was witnessed in Orlando, Florida this weekend. 

We sometimes come to believe the world is dangerous and filled with hopelessness. This is especially true with children who look to adults to guide them.  More...

Marianne Kuzujanakis is a pediatrician with long-standing interests in parent and clinician education. She is a co-founder of the SENG Misdiagnosis Initiative aiming to increase public and healthcare awareness for giftedness, 2e, and medical misdiagnosis. Look for Marianne at SENG's 33rd Annual Conference.  
Re-imaging Florida and the Human Family, as we reshape a world that is worthy of our children...
by P. Susan Jackson

I am on my knees. I am not sure if it is in prayer or in total anguish. Another shooting in our sister-country to the South. Another tragedy too big to comprehend and loss of life so horrendous as to be truly unfathomable. I receive a text from my daughter; she is at a vigil downtown, a show of support for the victims, an assembly to demonstrate and to stand in cohesive community, to say "we are here". I sit quietly thinking, proud of her, glad that she stands tall, glad that she reaches out, but find myself thinking: what have we taught our children? More...

P. Susan Jackson, Co-Founder of The International Gifted Consortium is the Founder and Therapeutic Director of The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. This international institute offers service to highly and profoundly gifted children and adults, supporting the learning needs and overall development of this exceptional population. Look for her at SENG's 33rd Annual Conference.

Affective Development of 
Gifted Students with 
Nontraditional Talents
by F. Richard Olenchak 

Gifted underachievers, due to a cycle of disappointments, are placed at risk of self-doubt. 

A continuing spiral of failure faces even those gifted youngsters who have experienced years of tremendous accomplishment prior to their under-achievement; negative feelings about self-worth, doubts about self-efficacy, and questions about identity exacerbate the deteriorating situation.  More...

F. Richard Olenchak is with the Center for Gifted and Talented at the University of Houston, Texas. He is especially interested in gifted students whose needs encompass secondary variables such as extreme ability and disabilities.
Gifted and Underachieving... The Twice Exceptional Learner
by Melissa Sornik, LMSW

Jason, age 19, breezed through school with little effort until his last two years of high school. Disorganized with poor handwriting and a divergent learning style, he failed to hand in completed work in Honors and AP classes and so compromised his grades. 

Melissa Sornik, LMSW is the 
co-founder and president of Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy (TECA) and founder of the Exceptional Children & Families Network.

NEW! Post of the Month 

On Tumblr: Shout Out to Everyone Who Is Above Average... Because what they forget to tell you is that being 'special' comes with its own problems, too. 

SENG is now on Tumblr! Tumblr is a valuable and vibrant online community, where many gifted teens and young adults find solace.  As always, it is our goal to reach out to gifted individuals of all ages and offer support. 

Check us out at sengifted.tumblr.com , and feel free to send in any questions or comments concerning giftedness. 

Not Your Typical Gifted Conference 
by Dina Brulles

I walked away from this conference with a strong sense that I am not alone... 

The SENG conference is about the individual, and about families. It is a time to immerse oneself in thought and experience alongside others sharing similar concerns and desires to learn.  More...
Dina Brulles will be a Keynote Speaker at this year's SENG Annual Conference. She  is the Gifted Education Coordinator for the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona, and President of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented. She is a member of the adjunct faculty at Arizona State University where she teaches graduate courses in gifted education. 

SENG conferences prioritize recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the social and emotional needs of the gifted population. 

This year's conference shall be held in Colonial Williamsburg
and is organized over four days.  

Interested in Sponsorship and Exhibitors Opportunities simply follow the link.  

SENG's 33rd Annual Conference, Gifted: Our Past and Our Future would not be possible without the help of our sponsors and partners. Please join us in thanking them and take a minute to check out the innovative work they are initiating within their organizations and facilitating with others.  

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SENG's 33rd Annual Conference Select Advertisers and Exhibitors 
Association of Educational Therapists (AET)
The Beacon School
Center for Talent Development
College of William and Mary
Forman School
GHF (Gifted Homeschoolers Forum)
Gifted Development Center
Greenwich Education Group
Great Potential Press
Gulinogroup & Nathan Levy Publications
Hampshire Country School
Instructional Support Services, Inc.
Knowledge Enrichment Enterprise
Living Excellence Today
Mary Baldwin College
Mr. Geltson's One Room Schoolhouse
Pacific Quest
Rae Anne Hamilton Psychologist 
Raising Wizards
Royal Fireworks Publishing Co., Inc.
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development
With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC
Click HERE for details on how to become an Advertiser, Sponsor or Exhibitor

Mark the Date

SENG Model Parent Groups  unite diverse caregivers of complex, gifted children and provide space for each of us to learn from one another's expertise and experiences in a nurturing, non-judgmental environment.

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) Facilitator Training
Monday, August 15, 2016 - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Edina Community Cenet ~ 5701 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55424
Trainer(s):  Joan Larson, High Potential Teacher for Minnetonka Public Schools, SENG Master Facilitator and Trainer and Carol Malueg, MCGT President, Gifted Education Consultant and Researcher, SENG Master Facilitator and Trainer
Cost:  $325/person. Price includes book and support materials, 1st year licensing fee and certificate. 

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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