Articles on the Well-Being of the Gifted

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.

Using Biography to Counsel Gifted Young Men

High achieving young men in secondary schools and universities face important social and emotional issues throughout their adolescence and passage into adulthood. This article focuses on four issues confronting bright young men: underachievement, self-inflicted pressure in athletics, cultural alienation, and father-son relationships. The author proposes the use of biography as a counseling strategy through which bright young men may gain helpful insights to deal with the problems they face. The article then suggests biographical works available as well as various ways professionals might use this approach to counseling.

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.

Adolescence and Gifted: Addressing Existential Dread

Adolescence and Gifted: Addressing Existential Dread by J'Anne Ellsworth Adolescents often describe experiencing Existential Dread. Gifted youth may be especially susceptible. If teachers, parents and students work together, the following solutions are suggested for...

Does Your Gifted Child Need Professional Help?

by Steven Curtis Dr. Curtis is a Licensed Child Clinical Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist, as well as a member of the SENG Professional Advisory Committee. He is the author of the book, Understanding Your Child’s Puzzling Behavior: A Guide for...

Counseling, Multiple Exceptionality, and Psychological Issues

Counseling, Multiple Exceptionality, and Psychological Issues By Edward R. Amend As a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in giftedness, I read my colleague Jim Webb's paper with much interest. I, too, am concerned about the too frequent mis-diagnosis and...

You Don’t Have to Go It Alone

You Don't Have to Go It Alone Author: Linda C. Neumann Citation:  First Published in the SENGVine, April 2011 If you’re raising a highly able athlete or musician, it’s assumed that you’ll rely on people with special expertise to help your child develop his or her...

Biblio and Film Therapy

by Edward R. Amend "My child just doesn’t seem motivated! What can I do to help him see that he is wasting opportunities?" As a psychologist, I hear this presenting concern quite frequently from parents of gifted children. It always reminds me of something I was told...


by Ruth Carlstrom The many faces of the gifted, to borrow the theme of the 2003 SENG Conference, can cause what has been labeled a modern tragedy. Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults is a book, hot off the press, which addresses this. The...

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