Virtual SENG Model Parent Group

Tuesday, September 15 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM [CST]

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Virtual SENG Parent Group (6 sessions) Partial Approval - $75.00

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Tuesday, September 15 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM [CST]

ITAG is hosting and facilitating a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Group. The group will meet in online, weekly sessions on Tuesdays, September 15-October 20, 2020, 2:00PM-3:30PM Central (6 sessions total, each lasting 1.5 hours).

SENG Model Parent Groups bring together small groups of parents/caregivers of gifted and talented students to share ideas, strategies, and support in a relaxed setting, guided by trained facilitators. Through the valuable insights of the other parents and by reading the book A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, you will learn more about giftedness, discuss the challenges of parenting, and share strategies for supporting our gifted children while enhancing family relationships.

Participants discuss topics including:

  • Characteristics of gifted children
  • Communication
  • Motivation, underachievement & executive function
  • Establishing discipline/teaching self-management
  • Stress, perfectionism, idealism & depression
  • Acquaintances, friends, peers; only children & siblings
  • Values, traditions & complexities of parenting


The cost for one registration for all 6 sessions is $75.00. A second primary caregiver may attend with a registered participant at no additional cost. The total number of adults participating will be between 12 and 24.

The video conferencing tool Zoom will be used to for the sessions. Login details are provided at the time of registration.


Group discussion is guided by the book A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries. The book can be purchased online through sellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. All participants will need to purchase a copy of the book before the first session. The purchase price of the book is not included in the cost to host and facilitate the sessions.


The trained co-facilitators are Lora Duffy Danker, ITAG President, Susan Wouters, ITAG Past-President, and Chris Schultz, ITAG Treasurer. All three are knowledgeable about parenting and educating gifted children. Their facilitation provides a non-judgmental and nurturing atmosphere. Read more about the co-facilitators at

About SENG

This parent discussion group follows the model created by Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (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. Learn more at


If all seats are full for this parent group, or if you would like to join a group at a different time, email ITAG at

Cancellation policy

Registrants may receive a refund for the purchase price if requested prior to September 7. After September 7, a $25 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations.

Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association recognizes, supports, and respects the unique and diverse needs of talented and gifted learners through advocacy, education, and networking. ITAG promotes advocacy at the national, state and local levels, pre-service and in-service training in gifted education, and parent/community awareness, education and involvement. ITAG is comprised of parents, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who share an interest in the growth and development of gifted and talented individuals in Iowa. ITAG is a 501(c)3 organization which was organized more than 40 years ago with a vision that gifted and talented children in the State of Iowa should receive an education commensurate with their abilities and needs. ITAG is an affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children.

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