Letter from the Publishers

May, 2013

It’s somewhat fitting that our May/June issue has the theme “getting a proper diagnosis” because in the U.S. the new version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual comes out this month.

However, in this edition of the newsletter, we’re not going to get into the issue of whether diagnoses should be behavior-based or biologically-based. And we’re not going to get into the utility of labels for twice-exceptional children, except to say that in some cases — as in requesting services or accommodations — diagnostic labels may be necessary.

In this issue, three professionals offer perspectives on different aspects of the diagnosis of 2e children.

  • Psychologist Dan Peters, with the help of parent and professional Julie Mills, describes a problem with getting a school to recognize twice exceptionality, and their efforts to advocate for the 2e child.
  • Pediatric neuropsychologist Paul Beljan explains how he differentiates between a number of common prospective diagnoses based on what he sees — or doesn’t see — as he evaluates 2e kids.
  • Psychotherapist/assessor Linda Powers Leviton describes a common “one-size-fits-all” approach to diagnosing 2e students and an alternative to that approach that she believes yields better results.

Also in this issue, psychologist Steven Butnik provides his commentary on slow processing speed in 2e children — how to spot it, conditions it may be associated with, and how to address it.

Along with the usual Sylvia Rimm column, news, and events, you’ll find a “Parent’s Perspective” column — a feature we haven’t had in the newsletter for a while. This one makes up for our lapse, offering plenty of insight from Patricia Seres. (Fans of gifted and 2e groups on social media sites such as LinkedIn will recognize her name.)

Finally, we’re pleased to offer a poem that is especially relevant and poignant for those who raise, educate, and counsel the twice-exceptional. The poem is both a child’s apology to her teacher and an affirmation of her own 2e identity. We hope you find it as touching as we did.

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Linda C. Neumann and J. Mark Bade, Glen Ellyn Media

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