January  2017
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Dear Friends,
A new year has begun! New plans, new projects...  and for many, new classes, and new challenges. In these hectic and taxing times, we would like to encourage our community: do not neglect your emotional well-being. Take some time to yourself. Nourish your mind. Seek support where you need it. And never feel wrong for being the unique, sensitive person you are.

We have many exciting events we are looking forward to in the coming year. Check out our Mark the Date section of this newsletter for information on upcoming SENGinars, new support groups, and our 2017 Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois this coming August! We hope you will join us. 

In gratitude, 

Elizabeth A. Ringlee
Executive Director of SENG

Friendships, A Rare Treasure
by Lori Comallie-Caplan 

Gifted children often think they do not have friends or that they want more friends.  More recent research and literature shows that gifted children's smaller number's of friends relates more to personality style than to a lack of social skills.  Friendship is not simply acceptance by peers or social competencies. Rather, it is a dynamic relationship that offers more than the acceptance of others based on certain attributes More...
Introversion: The Often Forgotten Factor Impacting the Gifted
by Jill D. Burruss and Lisa Kaenzig

You know at least one or perhaps are one: the child who immediately, when he comes home from school, escapes to the privacy of his room for time alone; the speaker who presents beautifully in front of 1200 people but who leaves a few minutes into the social hour because he says he can't deal with large groups of people; the quiet student who always has a book in hand, commonly plays alone, and whose favorite place is the reading corner; the adult who is vocal and social in a small group of people but who becomes silent and withdrawn if she is made to work in a larger one.  More...
by Sharon Lind

It is OK to be different, to feel differently. One group of people, gifted introverts, is not only misunderstood and overlooked, but the people in it are also often saddened because there is confusion or a lack of understanding about their characteristics and needs. Introverts draw their energy from being solitary, and are private people who enjoy doing things by themselves and who reveal their innermost thoughts to only a few.    More...
Tips for Parents: Introverts
by Sharon Lind

Tips for living with introverts:  

Honor and acknowledge introverts' need for privacy. Be sure they have a place they can go that is all their own and where they will not be intruded upon. This need for privacy is exercerbated by long term exposure to others (i.e. school or work). More...

Voices - "I Notice"
by Judy A. McNutt 

I notice;
Anger doesn't feel good
I notice;
Suffering is a disconnection
I notice;
The real me doesn't ask for perfection
I notice;
Thoughts come on their own
I notice;
I am not alone
I notice;
There is another thinker of the thought
I notice;
It is brain but I am not
I notice.
You and I are one
I notice
I forget to have fun
I notice
Contrast gets my attention.
I notice
I am my own invention. 

SENGVine's "Voices" column seeks to share creative works reflecting the gifted experience. Art, poetry, essays, articles, and stories are accepted from gifted individuals of all ages. Submit yours to: editor@sengifted.org.

Post of the Month 

Every day, SENG shares articles and information with the gifted community via Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. 

The article  Gifted Kids At Risk: Who's Listening?  by Patricia A. Schuler was widely read and appreciated in our online community this month. 

Visit us on Tumblr!  Tumblr is a valuable and vibrant online community, where many teens and young adults find solace if they feel "different" from the rest of the world... whether it is because of their interests, their identities, their disabilities, or their gifts. 

Mark the Date

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

Coming Up! 

Christine Turo-Shields  will be hosting a SENGinar on trauma and existential depression in gifted children.  Additional presentations are planned featuring Silvia Rimm and Joanne Foster! Visit us at sengifted.org to find all the latest information. 

Details on these upcoming events will be available soon! 

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

Coming Soon - SENG Connect

SENG is working towards providing more support and connection to our community -- not just through groups for parents, but through support groups targeted towards gifted individuals themselves! Gifted individuals of all ages need a community of understanding.  

Introducing  SENG Connect:  in the coming year, SENG will be forming support groups for gifted teens, young adults, adults, and elders. Meet other people like you. Come together and share personal experiences. Find kinship and support through the incredible members of the SENG community. 

These groups will be offered locally AND over the Internet!  SENG Connect will offer online interactive discussions among the adults of our community - those who are so in need of understanding and advice. More information coming soon! 

In Memoriam: Alexinia Baldwin, Ph.D.

We were deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Alexinia Baldwin's passing. She served as a member of the SENG Professional Advisory Board and was an internationally recognized expert in curriculum development and instructional theory for gifted and early childhood education. Our condolences to her loved ones; this community will miss her dearly. 
Congratulations to our newly certified SMPG Facilitators! 

We had a wonderful group join us at the Chicago Marriott Naperville for SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator Training on January 14 & 15.  And many thanks to our facilitator trainers, Heather Cachat and Carol Malueg, for sharing their knowledge and time with us.   We are so thankful for those who are dedicated to the gifted community.

In Gratitude...

We would like to recognize our volunteers for the hard work they contribute to our community.  Our committee members, volunteer directors, and task force volunteers demonstrate incredible commitment to our organization and to helping gifted communities worldwide. We appreciate each and every one of them: it is through our combined effort that we all can make a difference.

Become a Member of SENG!

Join us in our mission to support gifted individuals of all ages and all walks of life. Whether you're new to SENG or a long-time supporter, we welcome your membership!

Memberships are good for one year from the date you join. If you have not renewed your membership recently, please do! 

Your annual membership funds accelerate SENG's efforts to improve the lives of gifted individuals.  Choose the level of membership that is right for you. Learn more  here.

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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