SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPGs) bring together 10 to 20 interested parents of gifted and talented children to discuss such topics as motivation, discipline, stress management, and peer relationships.
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 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. The groups meet weekly for 8-10 weeks.
- Objectives of SENG's model parent groups
- Characteristics of parents who participate in SMPGs
- The role of the SMPG facilitator
- Group facilitation techniques
Session content topic areas
- Stress Management
- Peer Relations and Sibling Rivalry
- Tradition Breaking
- Potential problems and solutions in SMPGs
- How to organize a local SMPG
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