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 March 2012 Issue 90  
In This Issue
Director's Corner
SMPGs: The Heart of SENG
Talking Circles: Celebrating Diversity
Feature Spanish Language Article
News & Events: SMPG Training in Milwaukee
New SENGinar by Dr. Paul Beljan
Arlene DeVries: 100 Words of Wisdom
Muriel Knope
Liaison of the Month
Muriel Knope

" As a parent group facilitator, I've enjoyed the opportunity to work with parents of gifted children and hear their stories. SENG brings home the vital message that being gifted is who you are, not what you do. There's empowering reassurance and relief as gifted kids and adults find peers and realize they're not alone. SENG shines light on the 24/7 realities of growing up gifted, connecting an international gifted community with transformative bonds of understanding."  

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Milwaukee 2012 Conference

Dear SENG Friends & Family, 


SENG feels it has a responsibility to provide relevant information regarding the social and emotional needs of gifted and talented individuals from diverse backgrounds, and we are committed to infusing diversity throughout all our programs and initiatives. SENG recently introduced to the SENGVine the "Talking Circles" column, which will be a sounding board for informing our constituents of issues related to this population and for encouraging you to share topics and ideas. We also are proud to share our new diversity statement and brochure


In the future, we hope to introduce SENGinars on diversity topics, provide workshops and other continuing education topics related to diversity, and build relationships with organizations that advocate for the awareness of diversity. This is a very exciting time for SENG, and we are excited to share it with all the readers of this special themed SENGVine: Celebrating Diversity. 


Warm wishes,

Tiombe-Bisa Kendrick
SENG Director & Diversity Committee Chair
Special Themed Issue: Celebrating Diversity
Director's Corner

Tiombe KendrickThe Hardships of Being Gifted in Culturally Diverse Populations
by Tiombe-Bisa Kendrick

I have watched gifted and talented children and young adults from diverse backgrounds postpone or give up entirely on their dreams and aspirations. I have seen so many people from diverse populations throughout my life end up squandering their potential. I often wonder about what seems to be far too many African-American young people giving up so easily on their dreams... Read More

SMPGs: The Heart of SENG

Vidisha Patel

We May All Speak English, but We Don't Always Speak the Same Language

by Vidisha Patel


When families emigrate to the United States, they come in a myriad of ways. Some families come together, and their intention is to move the entire family to a new place. Others send just one adult, with the intention of staying temporarily, perhaps for work or study, to return home in a few years. Others come one at a time, sending for other family members as time and money permit. Each of these styles of immigration impacts the experience of assimilation into the new culture. Giftedness in the mix of the immigration adds additional challenges.... Read More 

Talking Circles: Celebrating Diversity

Kathleen CasperFostering Giftedness, Literally
by Kathleen Casper

I met a little boy once who stole my heart with his sparkly eyes and giant, dimply grin. He reached out and took hold of my fingers in the middle of a dimly lit bowling alley, then, shaking my hand with the confidence of a business man, he introduced himself formally.


"It's nice to meet you," I replied, grinning at the four foot tall child in his under-armor shirt and blue jeans. At that second, I completely understood the Renee Zellweger line from the movie Jerry Maguire: this guy already "had me at hello..." Read More 

Feature Article

Joy Navan

Spanish language article: El Desarrollo en el Niño Superdotado

(Asynchronous Development in the Gifted Child)


by Joy Navan

Un hijo cambia día a día. El niño sobredotado, parece cambiar continuamente, de momento a momento. Sus padres a menudo se preguntan, "¿Por qué nuestro hijo, con seis años cumplidos, se comporta de una manera tan infantil?"... Read More


(A child changes from day to day. For the gifted child, it seems at times that the change is constant, from instant to instant.  In addition, it is possible that the parents of a gifted child frequently ask themselves, "Why does our six year-old act so immature for his age?")

SpellNews & Events  
  • SENG has launched a national search for a new Executive Director. Application deadline: April 15, 2012. Read More
  • SMPG Facilitator and Master Training comes to Milwaukee WI, July 12-13, 2012. Register now, space is limited! Read More
  • Register now for the 2012 SENG Conference, Shining Light on Giftedness: Empowering Families and Communities, July 13-14, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read More
  • Be a conference sponsor, vendor, or advertiser. Read More
 Featured SENGinar

Paul BeljanGiftedness and Learning Disabilities:
Unearthing the Missed Diagnosis
Presented by Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN 
March 15, 2012


In this SENGinar, teachers, parents, and counselors will learn how to correctly diagnosis learning disabilities in gifted and talented children. Dr. Paul Beljan will review some of the basic tenets of giftedness that include intellect and asynchronous development. He will then turn to the nuts and bolts of learning disabilities: what they look like, how to assess them, and what to do about them in the contexts of the gifted population.


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100 Words of Wisdom 
(In approximately 100 words, experts from around the world offer their perspective on some aspect of giftedness.)

Arlene DeVries

"What I learned from parents of gifted: Love these students for who they are, not what they do. Have realistic expectations. Expect progress not perfection. Give them freedom within limits. Allow them to fail. Put them in places where they can meet others like them. Respect their time alone. Create an atmosphere that promotes communication. Catch them doing something right. Encourage sibling synergy rather than rivalry. Choose your battles. Be consistent with your discipline. Work cooperatively with the schools. Keep your sense of humor. Be role models in the way you meet your own intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional needs." ~ Arlene DeVries


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Arlene DeVries is a Board Member Emeritus of SENG and a SENG model parent group facilitator and trainer. She is co-author of Gifted Parent Groups: the SENG Model and A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children. 
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