Letter from the Publishers

May, 2016

The 2e mantra is “Build on the strengths to support the challenges,” and technology can play a major role in making this happen for twice-exceptional children — in academics and even in life skills.

In this issue of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter our authors provide a wide array of technology assists, some of which are, we hope, applicable to that 2e kiddo you raise or teach. First off, Jann Leppien and Teagan Thomas offer guidance for selecting technology as well as their own list of a dozen favorite technology tools.

Randi Cutler and ElizaBeth Warner use their experience with iPad technology in the classroom to describe particular apps as well as the benefits of those apps. Then Melanie Hayes, founder of Big Minds Unschool, a micro-school for 2e children, describes a most unusual experiment she and her students conducted at Big Minds on the limits of screen-time. Along with the description of the experiment, Hayes recaps both sides of the ongoing debate over screen-time on computers, phones, television, and tablets.

We continue our coverage of sessions at QuadPrep’s March “Breakthoughs” conference. You’ll read what clinical experts had to say on the topics of:

  • Understanding and treating social competence in children with ASD
  • Treating anxiety in children and adolescents with ASD

Additional session coverage will appear on our website.

The team from the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development wraps up their six-part series on factors that help 2e children succeed. The final topic: strength-based academic and behavioral strategies, written by Rose Blucher.

Sylvia Rimm dispenses her usual excellent advice in her regular column, and our book columnist Bob Seney is taking the issue off. You’ll also find our usual news items about happenings in the 2e community.

We hope the upcoming summer (here in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway) is satisfying for all of our readers — parents, educators, and clinicians. We hope you enjoy this issue and thank you for subscribing!

— Linda C. Neumann and J. Mark Bade

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