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The Social-Emotional Dimension of Giftedness: The SENG Support Model

Australasian Journal of Gifted Education
Volume 20 Issue 1 (Jun 2011)

Abstract: SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) is an organisation that recognises the importance of the social-emotional dimension in giftedness. Being bright is not enough. Environmental factors and innate characteristics within a gifted individual influence their social and emotional development. These factors act separately and interact together to influence and sometimes challenge gifted individuals. Five factors are identified that dramatically influence how a gifted child thinks, feels, and behaves. These include levels of giftedness, asynchronous development, overexcitabilities, thinking and learning styles, and the forced-choice dilemma. The unique concepts and challenges of giftedness found within New Zealand's Maori populations are highlighted within these factors. The SENG Model Parent Groups, which have been popular in the US for many years, are now spreading internationally. These groups are unique as they aim to bring attention to the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, through a ten-week program run by trained facilitators. These groups differ from local support groups and associations as they allow parents to trial, implement and refine strategies at home, within a supportive group, where the facilitators model the behaviours that the parents later adopt.

To cite this article: Blackett, Rose and Webb, James T. The Social-Emotional Dimension of Giftedness: The SENG Support Model [online]. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jun 2011: 5-13. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=063962285753287;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1323-9686. [cited 26 Apr 17].

Personal Author: Blackett, Rose; Webb, James T; Source: Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jun 2011: 5-13 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1323-9686 Subject: Parent and child; Child development--Psychological aspects; Gifted children--Education; Learning, Psychology of; Gifted children--Intelligence levels; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) President, NZAGC, and Board of Director and Member, SENG, and Advisor, NZ National Gifted Education Centre, Membe, NZ MoE G and T Advisory Board, New Zealand
(2) SENG President, Great Potential Press Head, United States

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection