Articles on Emotional Needs

When Your Child Goes Overboard: Fears and Compassionate Concerns

When Your Child Goes Overboard: Fears and Compassionate Concerns by Nancy M. Robinson, PhD When Johnny was 5, he was greatly disturbed by the accounts of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Not only was he deeply sympathetic to the orphaned children and their...

100 Words of Wisdom: Evelyn King Metcalf

100 Words of Wisdom: Evelyn King Metcalf Kahlil Gibran's poem, On Children, frequently comes to my mind when I speak to gifted parents of gifted children: "Your children are not your children. They are the sons and the daughters of a life longing for itself." When I...

Strategies for Dealing with Overexcitabilities

Strategies for Dealing with Overexcitabilities By Regina Hellinger Recently I wrote an article for the SENGvine, “The Gift of Emotional Overexcitabilities.” The article received a lot of attention on Facebook and other social media sources. Many expressed their relief...

Director’s Corner: The Power in Sensitivity

Director’s Corner: The Power in Sensitivity By Kate Bachtel True power that liberates is born from sensitivity; strength cannot exist independent of vulnerability. Mabel, a kindergarten student, illustrates this beautifully. Mabel has soulful eyes that pierce, framed...

Motivation: Recapturing the Joy of Learning

Motivation: Recapturing the Joy of Learning Molly Isaacs-McLeod I frequently field concerns expressed by parents of gifted children and teens regarding motivation and underachievement. There are common threads in the many stories I have heard. At one time their child...

Director's Corner: The Psychosocial Development of Gifted Children

Director's Corner: The Psychosocial Development of Gifted Children By Stephen Chou “I did it! I can do it! I can do anything!” Success, success, and more success. Though this is not the experience of all children who are gifted, as there is such diversity and...

The Gift of Emotional Overexcitabilities

The Gift of Emotional Overexcitabilities By Regina Hellinger Recent vulnerability research by Brene Brown (Brown, 2010) has shown that the origin of all creativity, innovation, and authenticity is vulnerability. For many gifted individuals it is their emotional...

G-Squared. Supporting Your Gifted LGBT Student

G-Squared. Supporting Your Gifted LGBT Student By Alessa Keener We live in unprecedented times, where many Americans can proudly and safely live as out lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. One measure of progress is in the number of states that have...

100 Words of Wisdom: James T. Webb, Ph.D.

When intensity and sensitivity are combined with idealism, as so often happens with bright children and adults, good things can happen because they can keenly see how things might be. But this can also lead to frustration, disillusionment, and unhappiness. Sometimes...

The Story is Only the Beginning

The Story is Only the Beginning By Marianne Kuzujanakis    There have been great societies that did not use the wheel,but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. —Ursula K. Le Guin The approach of summer traditionally means many things, such as more...

Stress, Learning, and the Gifted Child

Stress, Learning and the Gifted Child By Suki Wessling  Here is a snapshot of my daughter and I working on her math last year: “I don’t want to do this!” She rips up the worksheet and throws the pieces at me. “I hate math! I hate you!” My daughter and I working on...

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