November 2017
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Dear SENG Friends,

We here at SENG are hoping that all of our American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are grateful for each and every member of our community, because it is due to your support that SENG is able to continue its work.

As the season of giving begins, we would like to announce that SENG is participating in #GivingTuesday , an international day of giving back! Giving Tuesday is an annual event where thousands of people worldwide donate to organizations that make a positive difference in the world. This year's Giving Tuesday falls on November 28 - in just a few days!

If you would like to donate to SENG in honor of Giving Tuesday, please make a donation at on Tuesday, November 28. Any amount, however large or small, helps SENG to provide programming and support for the gifted population!

Wishing everyone in our online community a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

In gratitude,

Dr. Michael Postma
Interim Executive Director of SENG
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? Read More
This Holiday Season Consider the Hospital Experience of Gifted Elders
by Marianne Kuzujanakis, MD MPH
As we in the gifted field – parents, educators, clinicians – work to improve medical professionals’ support and understanding of gifted children, we must be sure not to overlook the needs of our gifted elders.

Gifted children become gifted adults. Gifted adults, in turn, become the gifted elderly. One thing is certain: the gifted do not outgrow their giftedness. But who are the gifted elderly? 
Can You Hear the Flowers Sing? Issues for Gifted Adults
by Deirdre V. Lovecky
There has been comparatively little focus in the literature on the characteristics and social and emotional needs of gifted adults. Using observational data, the author attempts to delineate some of the positive and negative social effects of traits displayed by gifted adults. Five traits (divergency, excitability, sensitivity, perceptivity, and entelechy) seem to produce potential interpersonal and intrapersonal conflict. Unless gifted adults learn to value themselves and find support, identity conflicts and depression may result.   Read More
How to Charm Gifted Adults into Admitting Giftedness: Their Own and Somebody Else’s
by Willem Kuipers
In my current experience and view, the biggest “social issue of the gifted” is the painful misfit between implicit beliefs about giftedness by the non-gifted and the gifted alike and the actual or perceived reality of very many gifted adults.

That misfit leads to utter loneliness: It impedes the sharing of one’s deep feelings and experiences related to giftedness with others because of the belief that these have nothing to do with being gifted.  Read More
A Recipe for a Peaceful Holiday Season

by Vidisha Patel
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!   Read More
Voices: Gifted and Disabled
by Kella Hanna-Wayne
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: .

My therapist once asked me, “What is it like, to have such a constant detailed awareness of everything happening around you and everything in your body? With how much pain you have, that must be scary to experience all of it in such vivid detail. When do you rest?”

I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which to some extent affects every system in my body. Its primary symptom is pain: My joints are unstable so I injure easily, I am highly susceptible to repetitive stress syndrome, and my muscles fatigue quickly. Read More

Post of the Month

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

The feature article  Do We Know if Gifted Children Are Being Served Appropriately  by James R. Delisle 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. 
Premier SENG Membership!
We are rolling out new Membership and Donorship campaigns that, if successful, will allow us to continue current operations and even grow our capacity to impact more lives in a positive manner, by adding staff and new programming. 

Would you consider becoming a new member or, if you are already a member, renewing that membership? 

Premier Membership (New): $129.99 Annually  (approx. $11/month) 

SENG is offering a new Premier Membership package that contains benefits and discounts that will make being a part of SENG better than ever. The benefits include: 
  • A 20% discount on Conference Registration ($80 savings)
  • Unlimited 25% discount on all SENGinars ($10 savings per session) within the year of your membership
  • Free access to SENG CONNECT, an online portal for members to connect with professionals and peers all year round ($120 value
  • Access to all SENG resources
  • Discounted SENG products

Don't wait -  become a Premier Member today!  
Mark the Date
SENGinars are online presentations on giftedness, hosted by many of the top experts in the gifted field.

Recordings of our past SENGinars are now available for purchase! Check out recordings for some of these popular SENGinars: 

Upcoming SENGinar - Surviving the College Transition: A Gifted Undergraduate’s Perspective

Presented by Trent Cash
Thursday, November 30th
7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EST

Upcoming SENGinar - Isolated Identities: Perspectives of Gifted LGBTQ+ Teens & Young Adults

Presented by Melody Yourd
Thursday, December 21st
7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EST
SENG Connect's Upcoming Online Workshops

Nov. 28th 7PM EST      Carol Malueg
Dec. 4th 7PM EST       Josh Shaine

Join SENG Connect for access to these professional online workshops on gifted issues!
SENG Connect

Do you know a gifted young adult who is seeking connection with others who will understand them? SENG has an online support group coming up specifically for gifted young adults!

SENG Connect YA is a place where gifted individuals in this age group can find resources, support, and understanding. These online support sessions bring together six to ten gifted teenagers and young adults, in facilitated discussions about their gifted experiences and traits. Groups meet for six to ten weeks through Google Hangouts. 

There is a deep need in the gifted community for social connection and understanding. Through the online platform of SENG Connect support groups, gifted teens and young adults can form bonds of friendship, and offer emotional reassurance through their unique struggles.

SENG Connect support groups make great holiday gifts for loved ones who are seeking friendship and connection!

Date & Time:  
Weekly, January 10th - February 21st
7:00-8:30 pm EST

Claudia L'Amoreaux, Melody Yourd, & Trent Cash

Gifted individuals who join SENG support groups make deep and lasting connections that change their lives. Find the connections you've been missing.

Announcing New Board Members:

SENG is proud to announce four new Members who will be joining the SENG Board beginning January, 2018. We will be profiling each new member over the coming months.

Kasi Peters is a board certified music therapist who has worked with a wide variety of children since 2002. She is co-author of The Individualized Music Therapy Assessment Profile. Kasi’s passion for understanding the social-emotional and academic needs of the gifted began upon meeting her husband 21 years ago. She spends much of her time researching and reading about the needs of gifted children and their families. Kasi has two children ages 10 and 6, both of whom have been identified as highly to profoundly gifted. Kasi was recently awarded the SENG Model Parent Group facilitator of the year award. She is also completing a certificate program in Gifted and Talented Education through UC Irvine. 
Every dollar can make a difference. Your donations contribute directly to SENG's programming for gifted individuals of all ages.
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.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
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