As the field of giftedness education grows, educators and parents are getting better at meeting the academic needs of the gifted children under their care; however, the social and emotional needs of the gifted are still lacking understanding and support. The prevailing myth that gifted children are smart and are able to take care of themselves is a major reason gifted students flounder socially and emotionally. This entry addresses the social needs and emotional needs of gifted students and provides some tips for educators, parents, and professionals on how to support the gifted. Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), a nonprofit organization established in 1981, is highlighted as an organization in which educators, parents, and professionals band together to better facilitate the exchange of ...

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