Articles for Families

The Patchwork of Educating the Gifted Child

by Heidi Molbak Last summer I participated in a panel discussion at SENG’s 25th Anniversary Conference in Salt Lake City titled “The Accidental Experts.”   You might be able to guess what the subject was.  It was in the role of a parent with “life experience” that I...

The Gift of Balance

by Vidisha Patel On a recent airplane trip across the country, I found myself situated between my two children. I am usually a bit claustrophobic on planes and wondered how yet again, I found myself in the middle seat. My kids are in middle school so they are...

The Magnificent Void

The Magnificent Void Author: Sheri Plybon Citation: First published in the SENG Update, October 2009   When I began this article, I was listening to the music channel on TV. I was not surprised to find that the title of the piece fit perfectly with my thoughts....

Advocating is a Little Like Jumanji

by Mary Lovell For parents, the advocacy process in gifted education is like a board game. It involves strategy, creativity, perseverance and a little bit of luck. Parents, well-intentioned but naïve, think this journey should be like Candy Land. In one corner is the...

Who Can Talk About Giftedness?

by Elizabeth Shaunessy As parents, teachers, and volunteers in gifted education, we may be acutely aware of how our culture reacts to the term and phenomenon of giftedness, and we likely have seen a variety of responses to individuals who are gifted and discussions of...

Coming Full-Circle

Coming Full-Circle by Jane Hesslein I’m part of a very small group of people on the planet who have been connected with SENG for nearly all of its existence; I’m a SENG lifer. Considering how quickly organizations come and go today, that’s a pretty remarkable...

Choosing the Right Program for Gifted Children

by Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn I can truly say, as a school psychologist, I have rarely witnessed a negative reaction from parents when they are informed their child meets eligibility for Gifted programming. However, I have always been puzzled by the fact that many...

Identifying & Recognizing Giftedness

Identifying and Recognizing Giftedness by Tiombe Kendrick Did your child begin reading before the first day of preschool? Do you know a child who is extremely talented in the visual and performing arts? Does your godchild exhibit an in depth understanding of math and...

Building Resilience

by Rosina M. Gallagher When things go awry, and you land face down… “Get yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.” Sound advice. Psychologists call this process, resilience, “the capacity to rise above difficult circumstances and keep moving forward...

Why We Homeschooled

Why We Homeschooled by Lisa Rivero "Every gifted homeschooling story starts with an individual child and family.” That’s how I began a recent presentation in Hartford, Connecticut, at the New England Conference for the Gifted, co-sponsored by SENG. The topic was...

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