Support Groups for Parents of Gifted Students

Parents of gifted students often have unique concerns, and having someone with whom to discuss these issues can be very helpful. If there is not already a parent support group in your community, you may want to start one. There is much help available to aid you in this process.

Start a Parent Group takes you through an 11-step process for forming a group. The suggestions listed include finding other parents, determining the scope of the group, and advertising the group. Additional tips are also provided.

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Groups offers helpful guidelines for starting a parent group and also information about finding a group that is already in existence.

Starting and Sustaining A Parent Group to Support Gifted Children lists suggestions for creating a new group. This page is part of the website for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

My personal advice—Keep your group meetings positive and do not allow meetings to become complaint sessions. The most successful groups that I’ve experience are those that share general information, share resources, and offer a forum for brainstorming realistic solutions.

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