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National Parenting Gifted Children Week

July 10, 2009
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From July 19th through July 25th we will be celebrating the joys and challenges of raising, guiding, and supporting gifted children. Sponsored by SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted Children) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), National Parenting Gifted Children Week is a great opportunity to call attention to the special academic needs of gifted children. How can you contribute to the effort? According to SENG and NAGC, you can:

Encourage your state gifted association and local parent groups to publicize their own local or
national efforts.
• Mention this celebratory week in your next blog, newsletter, or social networking site.
• Contact your local newspaper and suggest using this week as a tie‐in for a story about gifted kids
in your area.
• Ask the Governor or Mayor to issue a proclamation. Invite elected officials to kick‐off a National
Parenting Gifted Children Week event by reading the proclamation. Use the public appearance
of elected officials as an opportunity to speak about specific initiatives and to thank them for
their past support.
• Write a letter to an editor explaining what this week is and why local children, parents, and
schools should be aware of it.
• Attend the SENG Conference in Orlando, FL in July and the NAGC conference in St. Louis in
November to connect with other parents, learn techniques for dealing effectively with gifted
kids, and obtain information to educate others.
• Encourage your local library to set‐up an exhibit during NPGCW, where they can display free
informational brochures, handouts, and bookmarks, as well as their books about giftedness.

I hope to have a guest post in the next few days outlining the benefits one gifted parent has been able to realize through SENG and SENG training. In the meantime, check out the SENG resources and let me know if you are planning to attend the Conference in Orlando!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2009 11:17 pm

    Yes, let’s raise awareness for the third annual National Parenting Gifted Children Week! We parents need all the support we can get.

    And a word about SENG and support for parents:

    If you have concerns about the social or emotional development of a gifted child, SENG is a great resource. Please see the website http://www.sengifted.org for free archived articles and presentations. You’ll also see they have planned a fabulous conference this month.

    What I have enjoyed most about SENG is their model for running local parent discussion groups. I received training in facilitating these groups by Dr. Ed Amend from the SENG board of directors, and I participated in leading a Cincinnati group in 2006. This small group met over several weeks for in depth discussion of issues that affect families with gifted children. Strong connections were made among the participants. I hope we may be able to offer another group here in the future.

    Denise

  2. July 13, 2009 9:04 pm

    Thanks for leading me to this article (via twitter). I had no idea this week existed. My son recently tested out Gifted and we really struggle to keep him challenged and interested in school. His teacher tried offering him advanced work for a while but that dissolved over time as her attention was drawn back to the other students. I’d love for there to be more resources in our schools for gifted programs…of course that means higher taxes and few folks want that to be the solution. We parents are back to square one, then, eh? Figuring out what we can do at home to keep our kids engaged. Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your information. Thanks again.

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