It’s a slow time in BC educational circles right now because our children and their families are enjoying Spring Break for two weeks. So I was happy when an announcement from S.E.N.G. popped into the Inbox. It brought information about the conference taking place in Willamsburg, Virginia, July 22-24.
SENG interests me because it has a slightly different focus from other organizations. SENG is the acronym for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. The focus on “emotional needs” helps everyone understand that children described as gifted need support for what one remarkable parent advocate calls their “vulnerability”. It is a recognition that giftedness is not the gift some people imagine it to be, because it comes with challenges.
Another significant characteristic of SENG is that it is concerned with the well-being of gifted adults as well as children. The website states:
SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
Well-known psychologist, Dr. James T. Webb, founded SENG at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology, Ohio, in 1981. His work there led him to author the award-winning book, Guiding the Gifted Child. One of the current directors of SENG is Carolyn Kottmeyer, the founder of the famous Hoagies website. I’m sure that the SENG conference will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about “mind-aloud” children and adults. Register here.