Letter from the Publishers

January, 2016

In a twice-exceptional child, the giftedness is inseparable from the learning challenge, whether that challenge is a specific learning disability, an attention issue, or a condition such as anxiety or depression. In tasking a school to educate such a child, both the gifts and the challenges must be addressed.

In this issue of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, you’ll find out how Reid Day School, a new private school in Orange County, California, attempts to deal with the combination of challenges and gifts using a unique collaboration with a professional services practice experienced in assessing, counseling, and providing therapy for twice-exceptional children. We also include an article taking a broader look at approaches public schools could take to deal with mental health issues among their students.

Most parents and educators of twice-exceptional young people know what an issue time can be in planning, organizing, and completing tasks. Our regular feature from the 2e Center on Research and Professional Development, offers insight and guidance on how parents and educators can best help the time-challenged young people in their lives, including a rather extreme example that nonetheless had a happy resolution.

We provide the conclusion of our coverage of last November’s NAGC Convention, in which you’ll read what experts had to say on the topics of ASD and anxiety; gifted middle-schoolers with executive function deficits; and the new DSM-5 diagnosis of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder.

Sylvia Rimm offers advice to an underachieving mom on how to prevent underachievement in her children, and Bob Seney enthusiastically reviews the uniquely constructed young adult novel The Marvels; see if it might be right for that 2e reader you know.  We also include our usual news and events features.

Coming up in the March/April issue is coverage of a 2e-related conference; profiles of two schools for 2e kids in Manhattan; and our usual columns, news, and events

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— Linda C. Neumann and J. Mark Bade

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