Articles on Emotional Needs

Tips of Helping Gifted, Highly Sensitive Teens & Kids Cope with Trauma

by Sharon M. Barnes, MSSW, LCSW Some children and teens are more sensitive than others.  You know if you have one. She gets mad at you and may even cry when you squish a spider with your shoe or swat a fly with a flyswatter.  He tries to keep up with his friends or...

9 Important Topics about the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Interview with Carol McGaughey, Ed.D. by Michael F. Shaughnessy Q1: Carol, first of all, what do you see as the main social and emotional needs of the gifted? Early in my career as a teacher of gifted elementary students, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity...

Using Books to Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

by Judith Wynn Halsted As readers of this newsletter are acutely aware, even gifted children whose intellectual needs are adequately met have other needs, as well. The very existence of SENG is a response to the recognition that our gifted children often face social...

The Affective Side: Emotional Issues of Twice Exceptional Students

by Jean Strop and David Goldman I remember a day in 2nd grade when the whole class was sitting in a circle taking turns reading a book. I quietly watched as each person took his turn. The number of students between the reader and myself slowly dwindled while my pulse...

Nurturing Social And Emotional Development In Gifted Teenagers Through Young Adult Literature

This article examines how developmental bibliotherapy featuring young adult literature serves as an effective strategy to address emotional issues in the lives of gifted teenagers. Following a discussion of bibliotherapy and a rationale for its use with gifted students, a description of a young adult novel entitled The Mosquito Test is presented. The authors then describe how a group of intelligent teenagers in a high school English class-room responded to the novel in a bibliotherapeutic fashion. Also provided is an annotated bibliography of current young adult literature, appropriate for use with bibliotherapy in secondary classrooms.

Fostering The Social And Emotional Development Of Gifted Children Through Guided Viewing Of Film

Teachers of gifted elementary school students seek strategies appropriate for fostering healthy social and emotional development in children. The authors propose guided viewing of film as a strategy through which teachers and counselors may assist young gifted students in gaining helpful insights to deal with problems they face. This article presents a theoretical foundation for this approach, a variety of strategies for implementation, and a collection of films appropriate for use with gifted students.

Dabrowski’s TPD

by Cheryl Ackerman It seems that certain phrases repeatedly arise in conversations among people when they talk about the gifted people they know. It is common to hear:  "He is soooo sensitive and feels other people’s pain as his own."  "Why can’t she just do what...

Asynchronous Development

Asynchronous Development by Jean Goerss “I don’t want to be gifted, Mom! I hate school!” cried my son after a particularly hard day. What makes a child want to deny who he is? “He has to learn to deal with all kinds of people and situations eventually. You are being...

Emotional Sensitivity

by Vicky Moyle Gifted individuals are about as diverse a group as any you could hope to meet. And, while few can agree on a black-and-white definition for giftedness, one characteristic of the population that has some global acceptance is emotional sensitivity. It is...

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