http://www.sengifted.org) established guidelines for SENG-Model Parent Support Groups. SENG-Model Parent Groups are structured to bring together 10 to 20 interested parents of gifted and talented children to discuss such topics as motivation, discipline, stress management, and peer relationships.
SENG-Model Parent Groups are not therapy groups, nor are they advocacy groups.
The co-facilitators of the group, though they are knowledgeable about parenting and about educating gifted/talented children, do not attempt to give expert advice to particular families. Instead their facilitation provides a non-judgmental and nurturing atmosphere. The parents of the high ability children are themselves a rich resource of information, and they are able to get fresh ideas from other parents and from "A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children," the book around which the sessions are organized.
>> Read an article describing SENG Parent Support Groups: My SENG Parenting Group by Christine McNeil Montano (Bella Online, 2009)
SENG-Model Parent Support Group Forming in January 2010
You are invited to participate in a guided discussion group to learn about the social and emotional needs of bright/gifted/talented children, and the parenting issues related to those needs. The emphasis is on positive aspects of parenting, avoiding power struggles, and helping these children learn appropriate life skills while enhancing the parent/child relationship.
Topics will include: Identification/Characteristics, Perfectionism, Parent Relationships, Sibling Relationships, Communication of Feelings, Stress Management, Depression, Motivation, Tradition Breaking, Peer Relationships, and Discipline.
Facilitators: Ann Haman, Erica BurmanAbout the facilitators: Ann Haman and Erica Burman have both completed SENG-Model Parent Group Facilitator Training. Ann has three gifted children who have graduated from MCPS. She is a clinical social worker who works with children and families. Erica Burman has two children and ten years of experience with gifted issues in Montgomery County.
Cost: $35.00 for seven session series, plus cost of book.
Book: "A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children” by Guiding the Gifted Child” by Webb, Gore, Ahmend, and Devries. Participants need to purchase book in advance of the first session. Available for purchase here on Amazon.com.
Registration: PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, SEE FORM BELOW. Register early; class size is limited. Bring check for $35.00 and book to first session.
If you have any questions, please contact Ann Haman at 301-879-1580 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.