ITAG is hosting and facilitating a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Group. The group will meet in 6 online, weekly sessions from Saturday, March 20–Saturday, April 24. Each session will run from 10:00AM–11:00AM.
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
- 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 limited to 24, though a household couple may register as "1" attendee.
The video conferencing tool Zoom will be used to for the sessions. Login details are provided via email prior to the event.
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 ITAG board members and gifted and talented educators Dr. Penny Watgen and Michelle Kavars. The facilitators are knowledgeable about parenting and educating gifted children. Their facilitation provides a non-judgmental and nurturing atmosphere. Read more about the co-facilitators at https://www.iowatag.org/about/board-of-directors/.
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 www.sengifted.org.
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 email@example.com.