Dick Kantenberger has been named to the three-member Business Advisory Committee of Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted, SENG, by the Executive Director, Liz Campbell and James T. Webb, Ph.D, SENG founder, President of Great Potential Press, Inc., and currently Chair of the SENG Professional Advisory Committee.
Kantenberger is a Marketing and Business Consultant in Houston, Texas and National Gifted Education Writer for the online media newspaper, examiner.com. He has been active in both domestic and international business over the last 35 years as well as a Math, Physics and Gifted & Talented Education teacher for the last 19 years in both public and private schools in Texas.
He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University in Business Administration and the University of Houston in Electrical Engineering. He has spoken to various organizations and has done several TV interviews advocating Gifted Education.
SENG is an international not-for-profit organization with headquarters in New York founded in 1981 with over 12,000 members and a board of globally respected authorities on gifted education.
Gifted Education, in general, supports children and student with very high IQs over 130. They represent about 2.5% of the world population and are equally distributed among all races and both sexes. However, a large percent of these potential geniuses are not found, and even those who are discovered are at risk to dropping out of school.
The goal of Gifted Education is to first find these potentially gifted children and then to train them to become talented. This is no easy task. For instance, Dr. Donna Y. Ford at Vanderbilt University reports that 250,000 black gifted children drop out of school every year. Also, Los Angeles Unified School District, just one of the many thousands of school districts in the country, say they lose over 400 gifted children every year that they have already found.
Social and emotional issues claims a large number of these students. Intellectually gifted children whose needs are neglected or misunderstood may exhibit traits and behaviors that resemble those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and be wrongly diagnosed, possibly resulting in unnecessary medication and unintended harm.
“SENG is developing a public awareness effort to alert the pediatric healthcare community to the potential for misdiagnosis. Gifted Education is currently not a standard teaching component in medical schools and is addressed infrequently in the pediatric medical literature” reports Dr. Webb.
Many schools, communities, and organizations focus on the intellectual needs of gifted individuals. SENG brings attention to the unique social and emotional needs of these gifted individuals, which are often misunderstood or ignored.
By underwriting and providing education, research, theory building, and staff development, SENG promotes environments where gifted individuals can develop self-esteem, thrive, and utilize their talents.
SENG seeks to inform gifted individuals, their families and the professionals who work with them, about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons who should be among our future leaders in business, government and education. - See more at: http://www.sengifted.org/.
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National Gifted Education Writer, Examiner.com
Houston, TX 77024-4026