James Thurman Webb, Phd., President and publisher of Great Potential Press, Inc., is a licensed psychologist and the lead author of five books and several DVDs about gifted children, four of which have won “Best Book” awards. He has written and co-written many favourite books for our gifted community, including Guiding the Gifted Child, with Elizabeth Meckstroth, and Stephanie Tolan. He shares these thoughts on the #IWG12 with us all:
The International Week of the Gifted is an excellent and very worthwhile idea, and I appreciate the efforts of those who are supporting it. Throughout the world, all too many people continue to believe that gifted children do not need any special help because they can make it on their own, and yet those of us who work with gifted and talented children and adults know that this is not the case. Some gifted children and adults do make it on their own, though even with remarkable resilience they may never really reach their potential. Others never come close to developing their potential and even have lives of sadness and personal tragedy unless they receive guidance and support. All too often, too, they are criticized for the very characteristics that are inherently a part of who they are. They are criticized for being too intense, too sensitive, too serious, too creative, thinking too much, and showing too little interest in being with their age peers.
As we learned when we established National Parenting Gifted Children Week through SENG (www.sengifted.org), parents and educators of gifted children feel alone in their efforts, and having a
special week of recognition encourages and empowers them and restores their energies to keep on in their support, nurturance, and guidance of gifted children. Thank you all for your efforts.
For those reading this post who may not be familiar with SENG, it is an organisation supporting the Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted, and more information on this can be found at the following links here at their main site www.sengifted.org or on SENG on Facebook
Two recent articles from SENG are offered here:
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