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Next AAGT - SENG Community Group Begins October 15

Meets Weekly Through November 19

For nearly 50 years, AAGT & SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) have been leaders in their communities, bringing parents and caregivers together in conversation to support the gifted.  

AAGT has now partnered with the global reach of SENG to bring SENG Community Groups (Formerly SMPG) to Arizona.  The aim of these groups is to support parents and caregivers of gifted, talented, and twice-exceptional children while learning how to help their children thrive socially and emotionally.  

Discussion group topics include:

  • Characteristics of Giftedness Beyond Academics
  • Perfectionism
  • Twice-exceptionality
  • Intensities/Emotional Regulation
  • Underachievement/Motivation
  • Peer and Family Relationships
  • Complexities of Successful Parenting

The Parent Discussion Group will meet virtually for 6 consecutive weeks and are hosted by two SENG certified facilitators. 

We believe all gifted individuals have a right to:

  • know about your giftedness;
  • learn something new everyday;
  • be passionate about your talent area without apologies;
  • have an identity beyond your talent area;
  • feel good about your accomplishments;
  • make mistakes;
  • seek guidance in the development of your talent;
  • have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends;
  • choose which of your talent areas you wish to pursue;
  • not to be gifted at everything.

Arizona Parent Testimonials


AAGT - SENG Community Group Registration

$125 AAGT Members | $150 Non-Members per family

Log-in access for one family to the SENG Community Group: Parents of Gifted & Talented Children

AAGT has the ability to offer two scholarships to families that would like to participate but cannot financially at this time. Please email to inquire.

What the Parent Discussion Group is …

What the Parent Discussion Group is …

A place parents can find camaraderie, empathy and support about their parenting journey
A place where grace is given and received since we’re all learning on this parenting journey
A place where the intensities of giftedness are understood
A place where parents learn about characteristics of giftedness - the things not included in gifted identification assessment results
A place where parents can leave each week with tools they can practice in their families in order to strengthen their connection with their gifted, talented, or 2e child.
A place where personal sharing will take place in a space of grace

What the Parent Discussion Group is NOT …

What the Parent Discussion Group is NOT …

A place to vent about your child’s teacher or educational experience
A place of judgment
Where the facilitators lecture. Rather, facilitators guide the discussion, inviting parents to contribute to the conversation.
Where advocacy skills are taught. Connect with or organize an AAGT affiliate to learn more about the skill of advocacy.

Meet Your Facilitators

Amy Evans

Facilitator Amy Evans is a teacher in the Tempe Elementary School District where she works with elementary aged gifted students and their adults. In 2019 she became a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator. She has since been hosting both in-person and virtual SENG Model Parent Groups.

Amy was a gifted student herself, growing up in Ohio, although at the time services looked very different and she was often doing projects in the hallway with her gifted cohort. As both a parent and an educator of gifted children, Amy is passionate about gifted education and about providing a space for caregivers to share and support one another.

Cindy Brown

Cindy Brown is a Family Consultant and founder of Polished Parents. She works with parents new to Homeschooling to identify their unique vision and goals for their family. Cindy meets parents exactly where they are at with the belief, parents have all the know-how within themselves. Her methods simply help to “buff and shine” parent engagement to create Polished Parents. Cindy pulls from 30 years of experience, to serve as a public speaker and facilitator of her Parent Membership Program. She is known as the “secret weapon” for parents who are ready to create empowerment, mindfulness, and fulfillment in their children’s lives.

Cindy Brown is an award-winning educator, Social Emotional Coach, Instructional Coach and public speaker with more than 30 years of experience, and 24 years raising her own children. Additionally, Cindy serves as a Program Supervision for the Teacher in Residence Program at Rio Salado College. Cindy combines her years of experience with her speaking expertise to serve as the secret weapon for parents who are ready to create empowerment and fulfillment in their children’s lives.

Cindy is actively involved in serving her community, supporting numerous family based organizations and nonprofits. She is an active member of the Junior League of Phoenix as an internal leader, served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented, and Chairs the statewide Parent Institute Conference.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. When will the Zoom link be sent out?  The Zoom link for the Parent Discussion Group will be sent out 2 days prior to the first day of the group.
  2. What if I can’t attend each week?  Are sessions recorded?  Each week a summary of the discussion topics, along with additional resources, are emailed to class participants.  Sessions are not recorded in order to protect the privacy of the participants and their families.
  3. Do I need to have my video on during the virtual Parent Discussion Group?  Having your video on is a way fellow parents can connect with you; however, we understand that varying needs arise and we encourage you to turn off your video while needs are being taken care of.
  4. Can additional people from my household attend the Parent Discussion Group?  Yes, there is one registration fee/household if only one Zoom box is used for your household.
  5. Can children attend the group?  No, this group is designed to support parents. 
  6. Is this group a lecture format?  No, this is an active group discussion, with the discussion being facilitated by certified SENG facilitators.
  7. Will there be homework each week?  Yes, the homework is to help you prepare for the discussion through our readings and focus on a weekly improvement goal set from the weekly discussion.
  8. Does the Parent Discussion Group teach parents how to advocate for gifted children and gifted services?  Although chapters are dedicated to Advocacy in our book, time does not allow for this discussion. However, connecting with or organizing an AAGT affiliate will help you learn about advocating for your gifted & talented, or 2e child.
  9. What if I need to drop the class?  Is there a refund?  Per AAGT policy, there are no refunds for the course.
  10. Are scholarships available?  Contact the AAGT Executive Director if you have a financial need for a scholarship.
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