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November 2015 - Issue 124 
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A column dedicated entirely to you and your observations as a gifted individual.  

Want your voice heard? Share your personal experience and insights as a gifted and talented child, teen, adult or elder, and we may just feature your story here in SENGVine.
We will consider a variety of different submission including stories, articles, 
poetry and art so don't be shy.   Submit yours to:

The SENG Honor Roll recognizes educators who make a difference in the life of a gifted child or adult.

Plan ahead for holiday gift, and bestow this honor upon the most exceptional educator that you know. 

Educators nominated to The SENG Honor Roll receive:
  • a letter of honor
  • a listing on the national SENG website 
  • acknowledgement in SENGVINE
  • acknowledgement at the SENG Annual Conference.
Their school district or academic institution receives a certificate for formal presentation to the educator.

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) relies on contributions from friends, corporations and foundations to support its operations. 
Fees from conferences, SENGinars and other awareness efforts only cover a small portion of our programs and other educational offerings.  Donations allow us to enhance our existing programming, establish new programs and plan for our future. 
You can make a DIFFERENCE.  Consider making a tax deductible donation to SENG today.   More ...   

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Wishing you a Joyful Thanksgiving,
The SENG Team!


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A Recipe for a Peaceful Holiday Season

By: Vidisha Patel
Citation: First published in the SENGVine, November 2011

Happy Holidays!

Fall usually means cooler weather, sweatshirts, jackets, crisp apples, and changing colors in nature. Fall also brings on the holiday season and, with it, the rush of trying to get everything done in time to celebrate the holidays.

Holidays are meant to be fun celebrations, bringing together family and friends. Yet, many people find this time of year to be stressful and anxiety provoking: families coming together for Thanksgiving, gifts to be purchased that are suitable and still affordable in a difficult economic climate, homework to be completed, semester exams, and holiday recitals and events. All together, that sounds extremely overwhelming. Add to that the sensitivities of a gifted individual, mixed in with some perfectionism and a dash of organizational challenges, and you have a recipe for disaster! More...


Dr. Vidisha Patel has a doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology and practices as a therapist in Sarasota, Florida, where much of her work is with gifted children and their families, with a focus on stress and anxiety. She is licensed to teach stress management techniques. Dr. Patel is active in her local community and regularly speaks at conferences, schools, and parenting groups throughout the community and the state. As a consultant for Florida State University she trains primary caregivers on infant mental health. Dr. Patel holds an MBA from Columbia University and worked in finance on Wall Street and overseas before obtaining her doctorate in psychology. Dr. Patel is the mother of two gifted children.


"Play Partner" or "Sure Shelter": What gifted children look for in friendship.
By: Miraca U. M. Gross

When gifted children are asked what they most desire, the answer is often 'a friend'. The children's experience of school is completely colored by the presence or absence of relationships with peers.  (Silverman, 1993, p. 72.)

The need for friendship and, even more, for emotional intimacy, is a driving force in both children and adults. This report of Australian research explores the nature of friendship as it is conceived by elementary and middle school students and how perceptions and expectations of friendship differ among children at different age levels, at different levels of intellectual ability, and between boys and girls. More ...


Dr. Miraca Gross is Professor of Gifted Education and former Director of the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Voices -- FLY  little girl with a backpack run  to school. back view
By Maddy; Age 9

I try to think of myself as someone regular,
but everything I do It affects it all.
I tell myself- 
Get back up and be yourself,
You can be anything you want to be
And fly.
Just fly.
I don't fit in with most
People, so I guess I'm just
But that's okay,
I'll just fly
To where I fit in.


100 Words of Wisdom: What I learned from parents of gifted

By: Arlene DeVries

Love these students for who they are, not what they do. Have realistic expectations. Expect progress not perfection. Give them freedom within limits. Allow them to fail. Put them in places where they can meet others like them. Respect their time alone. Create an atmosphere that promotes communication. Catch them doing something right. Encourage sibling synergy rather than rivalry. Choose your battles. Be consistent with your discipline. Work cooperatively with the schools. Keep your sense of humor. Be role models in the way you meet your own intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional needs.


Arlene DeVries is a Board Member Emeritus of SENG and a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator and Trainer. She is co-author of Gifted Parent Groups: the SENG Model and A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children.


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