Letter from the Publishers

January, 2013

Whether it’s mid-winter or mid-summer where you are, we belatedly wish you Happy New Year.

Our first issue of 2013 focuses on the research related to twice-exceptional children, their education, and their upbringing. To that end, we’ve turned to researchers affiliated with three teams across the country: cognitive neuroscientist M. Layne Kalbfleisch at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.; Susan Assouline of the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa; and Beth Houskamp and her team at the California School of Professional Psychology, part of Alliant International University.

In an interview with 2e Newsletter, Kalbfleisch describes how she uses imaging technology along with traditional neuropsychological assessments to identify ways in which the brains of twice-exceptional individuals differ from other brains, both in their structure and function. Assouline, a member of the 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter Editorial Advisory Board, tells what she considers to be the most significant findings Belin-Blank researchers have made regarding twice-exceptional children — especially those on the autism spectrum. And Beth Houskamp discusses neurodevelopment in 2e kids as well as ways in which parents can use her research findings to intervene, for example to help kids keep calm and focused.

We also continue our coverage of last November’s NAGC Convention with write-ups of three sessions on the topic of Response to Intervention (RtI), and how RtI might help identify and serve (or not) twice-exceptional students.

Comments and suggestions to your newsletter publishers are always welcome, as are article contributions from parents, educators, and others who work with twice-exceptional children.

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

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