Articles on Emotional Needs

100 Words of Wisdom: Melinda Stewart

100 Words of Wisdom: Melinda Stewart Please hear me! What happens when there are no words to express anguish so deep, sorrow so profound, nor fear so paralyzing that all reason stops? For the gifted, who feel more things more deeply than words can sometimes hold, the...

Parenting Gifted Children Through the Holidays

Parenting Gifted Children Through the Holidays by Molly Isaacs-McLeod, JD, LLM Holiday stress. It all begins with Halloween and doesn’t let up until January 1, when the winter doldrums set in (but that is a topic for another day). Holidays can be stressful because we...

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...

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