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Greetings from the publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. In this issue we focus on a concern that a number of our readers have asked us to address — what to do when a 2e child’s emotional or behavioral issues overshadow the child’s gifts and talents. In our lead article, co-publisher Mark Bade interviews two professionals who encounter this issue on a regular basis and help families and educators find ways to work through it. Then consultant Julie Skolnick describes a situation in which her coaching helped a parent shift the focus from her child’s inappropriate behavior at school to his strengths.
Then, in his second article in this issue, Mark Bade focuses on advocacy. His article sheds light on what may be considered a “win” for twice-exceptional students — a clarification from the U.S. Department of Education on the protection of 2e student’s rights under IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. And don’t miss some other highlights in this issue — a review of a book on our topic from last time, introversion; our annual (and somewhat late this year) listing of 2e-friendly summer camps; and our regular features and columns.
One of the more exciting developments of the past few months is somewhat “buried” in the News section, where we list three new schools dedicated to serving twice-exceptional students. For a long time, it was just Bridges... then The Lang School... then Quad Prep... along with some that, in all likelihood, flew under our radar. This development is exciting to us because it means that more and more families in the 2e community now have an accessible educational resource for their children. Look for profiles of 2e schools in upcoming issues.
In the United States and Canada, where the school year is ending, we wish students and teachers a happy summer vacation. Down Under — keep at it! But whatever part of the world you’re in, we thank you for subscribing.
— Linda C. Neumann and J. Mark Bade