Suggested Readings on the Mental Health
of 2e Students

By Linda C. Neumann

January, 2016

Back in 2004, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement regarding the need for school-based mental health services. An abstract of the statement summarized the need this way:

More than 20% of children and adolescents have mental health problems. Health care professionals for children and adolescents must educate key stakeholders about the extent of these problems and work together with them to increase access to mental health resources. School-based programs offer the promise of improving access to diagnosis of and treatment for the mental health problems of children and adolescents. Pediatric health care professionals, educators, and mental health specialists should work in collaboration to develop and implement effective school-based mental health services.

Unfortunately, research for this issue of 2e Newsletter did not reveal much in the way of progress toward making this kind of collaboration a reality. The need for educators and mental health professionals to work together for the benefit of students is an issue of special concern to the 2e community. Twice-exceptional children are more likely than other children to experience emotional distress due to their unique combination of extreme strengths and limitations.

Here are some resources that can provide additional information on this important topic:

  • “The Affective Side: Emotional Issues of Twice Exceptional Students,” by Jean Strop and David Goldman, — An article that looks at the issues that can affect the mental health of twice-exceptional students
  • “Counseling Considerations for the Twice-Exceptional Client,” by Megan Foley-Nicpon and  Susan G. Assouline, April, 2015, — Provides recommendations for counselors on learning how to work with the issues that twice-exceptional clients face
  • “Four Ways to Improve Student Mental-Health Support,” by Stephen E. Brock & H. Thomas Brant, Jan. 20, 2015, — Commentary by two school psychologists, published online by Education Week, that offers recommendations for making meaningful improvements to school and community mental-health services for students
  • “Giftedness, Misdiagnosis, and National Children’s Mental Health Week,” by Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H., — Observations from a pediatrician and former director on the board of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) on the need to take giftedness into account when addressing the mental health needs of gifted and 2e children
  • “Mental Health Providers Serving 2e Children: Which One’s Right for Your Child?” 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, May, 2010, available in the subscriber-only area of the 2e Newsletter website — A look at six types of professionals qualified to provide mental health services and how they work with 2e children and their families
  • The Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders, by James Webb and others (Great Potential Press, 2005) — Six nationally known health care and education professionals describe how parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors.
  • “School-Based Mental Health Services,” American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004, — An abstract of an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement

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