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Welcome to this year-end issue of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter!
Our featured topic this time is the range of math learning disabilities referred to as dyscalculia. While the LDs under this heading don’t seem to get nearly as much attention as some other learning issues, they may be more common than many people realize. According to dyscalculia researcher Anna J. Wilson, research suggests that 50 percent of children with dyscalculia will also have dyslexia, and 20 percent will also have ADHD.
In this issue Renee Hamilton-Newman, founder of the nonprofit dyscalculia.org, tells about her own experiences with math disability and offers strategies for teaching children who struggle with these learning issues. Then, in a double-header Parents’ Perspective column, two bloggers share their experiences — one as a parent of a 2e child with dyscalculia and one as a 2e adult who finally gets a label for her life-long battles with numbers.
Elsewhere in this issue you’ll find our usual columns and features plus coverage of this year’s NAGC convention in Baltimore. We share with you some of the sessions we feel are relevant to the 2e community and will provide more in the January issue of 2e Newsletter and on our website.
In Baltimore one morning, over a good breakfast at Miss Shirley’s restaurant, we met a group of fellow conference attendees — teachers from North Carolina who, as it turned out, were very much aware of and committed to meeting the needs of 2e kids. Like many parents of twice-exceptional children, we ran into individuals teaching our own children who didn’t “get it.” That’s one reason we started the newsletter. But over the time we’ve published the newsletter, we’ve met many, many educators who do get it, and who are truly dedicated to helping twice-exceptional students. So thanks for the conversation, North Carolina, and thanks for your commitment.
As 2014 draws to a close, we wish you good holidays and look forward to a happy, healthy, and productive new year.
Thank you for subscribing to 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter!
— Linda C. Neumann and J. Mark Bade