Articles for Families

Through His Eyes and Through His Mother’s Eyes

by Joseph Hughes and Holly Hughes They always said he was one of the brightest kids in the class. Right before they sent him to the principal’s office. “I didn’t grow up gifted, at least not by name. I grew up being asked what was wrong with me.” Joseph Hughes, age 19...

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...

What Should I Do If My Child Isn’t Sufficiently Challenged at School?

by Joanne Foster This question, extracted directly from the SENG service bulletin (an informational brochure published jointly with NAGC) is one that many parents ask—and rightly so. The answers provided in the brochure make good sense because they are doable. They...

Supporting Spiritual Giftedness

by Deborah Fraser Spiritual giftedness is not as easy to identify as gifts in the sciences or humanities and apart from the Nobel peace prize, there is little in the way of awards or accolades for those whose gifts lie in the spiritual realm. The spiritual dimension...

Is It A Cheetah?

by Stephanie S. Tolan A Speech Given at the Hollingworth Conference for the Highly Gifted, 1992 It's a tough time to raise, teach or be a highly gifted child. As the term "gifted" and the unusual intellectual capacity to which that term refers become more and more...

An Interview with Janet Davidson: Reflections on Gender and Giftedness

  SENG's Editor in Chief, Dr. Michael Shaughnessy, interviews Janet E. Davidson on gender, expertise, creativity, intelligence theories, and other aspects of giftedness. An Interview with Janet Davidson: Reflections on Gender and Giftedness Question: Dr. Davidson, you...

Is My Child Gifted?

by Joanne Foster The title query, “Is my child gifted?” is the focus of this article. Although this question may seem useful, and it is certainly one that many parents ask, I can’t help but wonder about its practical value. Let’s consider the utility of the question....

Underachievement in Exceptionally Gifted Adolescents and Young Adults: A Psychiatrist’s View

A group of exceptionally gifted adolescents between the ages of 14 and 25 were each treated in individual psychotherapy over the course of a number of years. They were referred for symptoms of anxiety, depression, self-destructive behavior, and underachievement. Each phase of their gifted development was accompanied by particular anxieties and conflicts. In adolescence they developed a powerful personal vision, a sense of destiny, and a charismatic personality. Their inability to resolve conflicts about these particular gifted traits led to their most dramatic forms of underachievement and self-destructive behavior.

ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted

by James T. Webb and Diane Latimer Howard's teachers say he just isn't working up to his ability. He doesn't finish his assignments, or just puts down answers without showing his work; his handwriting and spelling are poor. He sits and fidgets in class, talks to...

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