This weekend SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) is holding their annual conference in Milwaukee. Geared toward educators, parents, gifted kids, and gifted adults, the conference is filled with seminars and activities for and about folks in the gifted world.
Although frequently we don’t think of gifted kids as vulnerable, growing up gifted can be difficult. They see the world differently from their age mates and are not always understood or appreciated by their teachers. Add in the asynchronous development which is so common and you get a population that is at risk.
According to SENG, gifted kids can face a wide range of problems including difficulty with social relationships, difficulty with studying and schoolwork, high levels of anxiety, and depression. The SENG annual conference is an effort to get information and tools for helping gifted kids out to the adults who have a direct and indirect impact on the lives of our gifted population.
One of the really cool things about the conference is their programming for gifted kids. Because being gifted, especially being very highly or profoundly gifted is rare, these smart kids can feel different and isolated in their day-to-day lives. If you are in the top 1% or 1/10th of 1%, chances are good that you don’t get much of a chance to hang out with kids like you. The SENG conference brings gifted kids together with two days of programming designed just for them.
So I get to go to seminars while my 9-year-old and my 11-year-old have fun and hopefully make connections with other gifted kids. Now I just have to decide which of the interesting sounding seminars to attend. Stay tuned.