THURS 2/2 at 6:30pm | Communicating Care & Connection: Parenting Supports & Gifted Youth
SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPG) bring individuals and families together to discuss the challenges associated with raising a gifted child. The co-facilitators of these groups, though knowledgeable about parenting and gifted education, do not attempt to give advice. Instead, their facilitation provides a non-judgmental and nurturing atmosphere for individuals and families to exchange ideas. The SMPG model builds on A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb, PhD., Arlene DeVries, M.S.E., Janet Gore, M.Ed. and Ed Amend, Psy.D.
St. Croix Valley Gifted invites you to experience an SMPG first hand with local SENG Certified Facilitators Sarah Stivland and Jennifer Siebenaler. Our conversation will focus on developing healthy communication channels between parents and GT youth from PreK and Elementary through the Middle and High School years. Create a foundation of care and connection that helps you weather the ups and downs of school and daily life.
When | Thursday 2/2, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where | Oak-Land Junior High Cafeteria, 820 Manning Ave. North, Lake Elmo
A typical SMPG meets weekly over 8-10 weeks; this is a one-night sneak preview focusing on a single topic. During this event you’ll have the opportunity to voice interest in forming a full SMPG that would address issues like motivation, discipline, stress management, peer relationships and more.
What is SENG?
SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Many gifted individuals experience intense emotions, and some are susceptible to mental health issues. Additionally, intense personalities coupled with unusual intellectual ability place gifted individuals outside the norm, and it is common for the gifted to be bullied and ostracized—in the classroom and beyond.
Founded in 1981, Socio-Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) has worked to offer support and guidance to the gifted community, through education, research, and connection. With the right intellectual and emotional support, gifted people can accept themselves and fulfill the potential of their incredible capabilities. And, perhaps more importantly, they can learn to work with their high sensitivities to feel balanced, happy, and at peace.