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November 2010
In This Issue
SENG Webinar
Judgment of Toddlers
Mensa for Kids
Difficult Mazes
The Blogosphere
Max Helmberg
Keeping Up With Dr. Ruf
Read Dr. Ruf's and Kathy Hara's blogs at www.TalentIgniter.com/ blog.

Greetings from the Team at TalentIgniter!

We are sending best wishes to our readers as we approach Thanksgiving. May your cornucopias be filled with blessings.

We are also approaching the gift giving season, and we would like to let you know that we will soon add a resource to our website that will list mommy-recommended items that are new and innovative. In addition, although we do not yet have gift-certificate capability on our website, it is very easy to give the gift of the Ruf Estimates ™ of Levels of Gifted Online Assessment to friends or family.

Kathy Hara, Editor
SENG Webinar

Coming up tomorrow (Thursday, November 18) at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, is a webinar presented by James T. Webb, Ph.D., on "Existential Depression in Gifted Children and Adults."

Gifted children and adults are prone to existential depression because of their intensity, sensitivity, and idealism, and because they can see the inconsistencies in the values and behaviors of others around them. This workshop describes processes that lead to existential depression, relates these to Dabrowski's theory of Positive Disintegration, as well as to other psychological theories, and offers some specific ways to ameliorate existential depression.

Participants may sign up for this webinar from their home or office computers. All registered guests have access to both live and recorded sessions. Recordings will be provided to registered guests within one week after the live event. Sponsored by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children), there is a $40 to attend this event. For more information, contact office@sengifted.org or phone

Judgment of Toddlers

Here's a short but interesting article from the New York Times regarding the development of discernment in youngsters.

Mensa for Kids

Mensa for Kids is a great site for young children, with features that are both entertaining and educational. The Monthly Feature for November, for instance, is "About some of our presidents" by David Fidelman. This has lots of interesting tidbits about many of our presidents, such as this: "Jimmy Carter discovered a new proof for the Pythagorean Theorem. Abraham Lincoln was the only President to be awarded a patent, for a system of buoying vessels over shoals." Did you know that?

Explore the links on the home page, which will take you to blogs, resources for kids, resources for parents and teachers, and games and activites. A good site to bookmark.

Difficult Mazes

We know that many gifted children like mazes - perhaps gifted adults do, too! So I Googled "mazes, difficult." Here are some websites that my search produced. Some of the mazes are real doozies, and it looks like most are free and printable. So have fun! And if you run out, you can just Google some more.

The Blogosphere

We hope you have been following the blogs that Dr. Ruf and I have been writing, which are posted at http://talentigniter.com/blog. Most of our blogs so far have been focused on the topic of gender issues, but we expect to cover many facets of giftedness.

In addition, Dr. Ruf was invited to be a guest blogger on Lisa Rivero's Everyday Intensity. The title is Dr. Deborah Ruf: Getting Her Wish to Work with Gifted Adults.

And for those of you who are always looking for more information about giftedness, here is a list of  the top 10 gifted education blogs compiled by Online Degrees.
Max Helmberger

Max Helmberger would love to have a word processing program designed especially for novel writing. It would have a built in "Dirty-Mind 5000" to detect double entendres, automatic detection of words repeated within 20 words of each other with the option to change them, and automatic deletion of all text the moment all of the following phrases are detected; perfect face, chiseled abs, flowing locks, dazzling gaze.

Max is a creative 16-year-old who lives in Duluth, Minnesota, who has a website called MaxHelmberger.com. On this site he has posted stories, tips about writing, a blog, random thoughts (such as 15 ways to get kicked out of a restaurant), review of books, movies (well, one movie so far) and video games, and more.

My impression is that adults will enjoy this and kids will love it.


Here is a free product on the Web that has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians. LiveBinders is essentially an online 3-ring binder with which you can collect resources, organize them neatly and easily, and use for presentations. You can organize materials by subject matter, from math assignments to recipes to ski trips. The site also has tutorials on setting up your LiveBinder and shows examples of featured binders.

Keys ebook cover
Keys to Successfully Raising the Gifted Child

You know your child is gifted. But how does that impact day-to-day life and your role as a parent?

Written by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D., and Larry A. Kuusisto, Ph.D., this ebook is for parents who are new to the idea that their children might be intellectually advanced or gifted. The book addresses important parenting issues, including what to actually tell your child about his or her giftedness, how schools approach learning differences, best ways to provide emotional support, sibling rivalry, and more.

The book is available for purchase at www.TalentIgniter.com/products.
5 Levels of Gifted

5 Levels cover5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind). 5 Levels of Gifted, published by Great Potential Press, combines four years of data gathering from 50 families with nearly 30 years of research and experience in the field of giftedness, individual differences, and high intelligence. The book is aimed primarily at parents and vividly describes the upper 10 to 15 percent of the intellectual continuum in human beings from birth to adulthood as manifested in their behaviors, thoughts, accomplishments, and test scores. She introduces the concept of Levels of Giftedness and makes it very clear how many factors contribute to a person's intellectual levels and achievement.