Recent Articles from 2e Newsletter

2e: A Dyscalculia Story

K. Mayer shares personal experiences not only to offer hope to those considering homeschooling a 2e child, but also to inform others about dyscalculia, a math learning disability. Read it.

Abnormally Normalling

In this illustrated poem based on her own experiences, Kerri Lyons tells both parents and educators what a 2e learner needs to succeed. Read it.

Additional Coverage of 2e-related Sessions from the 2013 WCGTC and NAGC Conferences

Read coverage of these conference sessions:

  • How Do I Advocate for My Twice-Exceptional Child? Presented by Kevin Besnoy
  • Understanding Gifted Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Presented by Megan Foley Nicpon
  • Take a Byte: Technology for 2e Students and their Teachers, Presented by Linda Collins
  • How Does Differentiation Affect Twice-exceptional Students’ Attitudes toward Learning? Presented by Richard Olenchak and John Gaa
  • Current Status of Twice-Exceptional Students: A Look at Legislation, Policy and Standards, Presented by Julia Roberts and Nielsen Pereira

Anxiety in 2e Kids

Psychologists Pat Schuler and Dan Peters offer insight on anxiety disorder as it affects twice-exceptional children -- how to recognize it and what to do about it. Read the article.

Assessment Q & A with Dr. Deirdre Lovecky

Deirdre Lovecky, a clinical psychologist whose specialty is working with gifted and twice-exceptional children and adolescents, especially those who are highly and exceptionally gifted, answers questions about assessment. Read the article.

Assistive Technology for the 2e Learner

Joan L. Green, a speech and language pathologist, offers advice on finding the A.T. app that's right for that 2e child you raise or teach. Read the article.

At the Movies: “2e: Twice Exceptional” Makes Its Debut

Julie Skolnick reviews the new film documentary. Read it.

Autistic, Gifted, and Queer Youth: Support, Engage, Encourage

Emily Brooks advocates for queer and gender-nonconforming youths on the spectrum, not just as a educator who work with them, but as a member of the community herself, diagnosed with ASD and labeled as gifted. Read it.

Becoming a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator

Consultant and educator Cathy Risberg shares her experiences in becoming a SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) Facilitator. Read the article.

The Brain: A Primer

The brain is a pretty complicated mechanism, and it's a good thing we all have one so that we can comprehend what goes on inside it. This article from the archives describes basic brain structure and functioning to help us better use the information we find in articles and reports on exceptionalities and giftedness. Read the article.

The Brain and AD/HD

In this third article in 2e Newsletter’s series on the brain, we look at the nature of AD/HD and how it reflects the structure, function, and development of the brain in a twice-exceptional child. Read the article.

Can My 2e Child with ASD Attend College?

Writer and parent Dawn Marcotte explains why the challenges of being a twice-exceptional student on the autism spectrum need not be a barrier to getting a college education. Read the article.

A Conversation with Allison Hertog, Special Education Lawyer

Attorney Allison Hertog describes her learning challenges, how she coped with them, and how she helps students with similar challenges today. Read the article.

Depression: Did You Know?

Depression, along with anxiety, comprise the most common emotional difficulties that our subscribers report in their twice-exceptional children. This article is brief primer on the topic. Read the article.

Different but the Same: Lessons Learned from Educating GLBTQ Gifted Adolescents

Educator Jennifer Broome shares "a small sampling" of what she's learned working with the very specific twice-exceptional population of gifted adolescents who are also gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning their sexuality (GLBTQ). Read it.

The DSM-5 and Asperger’s

See what some mental health professionals in the 2e community think about changes made last year, in 2013, in the DSM-5 regarding the way in which Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed. Read it.

Dysgraphia in Twice-exceptional Kids – How to Turn Frustration Into Success Using Technological Tools!

Dysgraphia is a neuromotor impairment and much more than “sloppy handwriting.” When kids have an actual dysgraphia diagnosis — or have dysgraphia related to another disability such as a physical impairment, autism spectrum disorder, AD/HD, or a learning disability — it will, almost always, be impossible for them to tell us everything they know using only their handwriting.  Read the article by Sue Ramin–Hutchison and Merri Domer.

Examining the Issues of 2e Students with EBD

Q&A with educator Whitney Catherine Bilyeu, M.A.T, M.Ed., on her findings from teaching and graduate-level research into gifted students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Read the article.

Fighting for FAPE: A Texas Family's Struggle to Achieve Justice in Education

Why a Texas family decided to spend tens of thousands of dollars to take on their school district. Read it.

Finding the Right Fit: A Real-life Example

A family’s account of their quest for the right school. Read it.

Finding the Right Learning Environment: A Conversation with Jade Rivera

Author Jade Rivera discusses the “right” learning environment for 2e students. Read it.

Gifted Children with Asperger Syndrome

2e Newsletter Editorial Advisory Board Member Deirdre Lovecky, Ph.D. enumerates the ways in which gifted Aspies are both like unlike other gifted children. She also offers five ways parents, educators, and others can help these bright young people. Read the article.

"Gifted" Re-examined

The U.S. National Association for Gifted Children recently modified its definition of giftedness and caused a stir among members of the 2e community. Read why.

Helping 2e Children Develop Their Voices: Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy, says Kathee Jones, is an investment worth starting early and maintaining because too many challenges arise from breakdowns in communication or empowerment. Discover four lessons learned in Jones' family and some of the strategies they’ve developed regarding self-advocacy. Read the article.

Helping 2e Students to Draw on Their Inner Resources

Here’s a little background information on how efforts in several areas – namely identifying and building on strengths, iincreasing self-awareness, and using self-talk – can boost learning and have other positive benefits for twice-exceptional children. Read the article.

Homeschooling the Gifted or 2e Child

Get tips and recommendations from experienced homeschoolers Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson. Read the article.

How to Be Your Child’s Best Advocate

Mary McInerney gives steps that parents can take to maximize their 2e child’s school experience. Read the article.

I > Dyscalculia

Irene Hila relates how words have never been a problem for her, but those pesky numbers.... Read it.

Introduction to Social Thinking

Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of this teaching methodology, explains its use in helping students improve their social problem solving abilities. Read it.

Limited and Limitless: My Experience as a Twice Exceptional

Andrew Collins shares his experiences as a twice-exceptional student. Read the article.

mLearning Is Here

Leveraging technology to promote self-direction and self-reliance can help advance potential and transform our homes and classrooms into 21st Century learning environments. Cathy Risberg explains how mobile technology — mLearning — is one way to do that. Read it.

The Mythology of Learning

This series of articles examines how commonly held views or  practices related to teaching and learning can be detrimental to 2e students. Read it.

Neurofeedback for AD/HD

Neurofeedback is known by several names, including neurotherapy and EEG biofeedback. As the latter name implies, it’s a type of biofeedback. Read it.

Operational Definition of Twice-exceptionality Introduced 

A definition aimed at helping identify 2e students. Read it.

Perspectives on My Life as an AD/HD Student

Student Amos Gewirtz shares his vantage point as a student, as a Minnesotan, and as a high-potential youth with attentional challenges. Read it.

Race-to-the-Middle and the Twice-ignored Child

Patricia Seres gives a parent's perspective on federal education initiatives and our brightest learners. Read it.

Reflections of a Teacher of 2e Students

Dennis Higgins shares his experiences of 15 years teaching twice-exceptional students in a dedicated classroom. Read it.

Second Editions: Updates to Some Useful Resources

Reviews of some “new and improved” versions of books we’ve reviewed and recommended in the past. Read it.

Stealth Dyslexia

The Drs. Eide take "dyslexia" beyond simple reading problems, and explain how intellectually gifted kids may be susceptible to "stealth dyslexia," where their deficits are unrecognized and untreated. Read it.

Strategies for Teaching Twice-exceptional Students

Susan Winebrenner offers specific teaching and learning methods to enable 2e students to successfully progress on their learning journeys. Read it.

The Ten Commandments I Teach By: Optimizing Success for 2e Learners

Susan Baum shares share the ten commandments that guide her efforts to create a 2e learning community -- nonnegotiable rules in offering a comprehensive educational opportunity to twice-exceptional students. Read it.

Twice-exceptional Students: Who Are They and What Do They Need?

Micaela Bracamonte discusses the state of 2e in the US today, focusing on who these children are and how we can best meet their learning needs.  Read it.

Twice-exceptional Children, Exceptional Challenges — A Brain-based View

Dr. Judith Willis writes about the challenges and stresses faced by 2e kids, and how those affect their brains. Read it.

Understanding, Diagnosing, and Coping with Slow Processing Speed

Clinical psychologist Steven Butnik describes what slow processing speed is, how to identify it, and how to deal with it. Read it.

Using the Arts to Reach Twice-exceptional Learners

Wendy Weiner, founder of Conservatory Prep, a Florida school for 2e kids, explains the arts-based approach to learning used at the school. Read it.

The Value of Neurodiversitiy

Marlo Payne Thurman wants to know why roughly 25 percent of all people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a mental health disorder and approximately 60 million people take medications to treat these conditions. Why the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM) only had 60 categories, but today that number has tripled and promises to increase even more in the new edition. Read it.

Writing and the 2e Learner: Part 1 of a Series

This article, the first in a series on writing and production developed by administrators and members of the faculty at Bridges Academy, focuses on one of the common pitfalls that 2e students encounter -- anxiety -- and provides practical, teacher-friendly ways that can help reduce that impediment to writing. Read it.

Writing Pains

A gifted young man with dysgaphia asks: What happens when the physical act of writing becomes an excruciating experience in the expectations of society, rather than a joyous reflection on society’s advancement? What happens when one feels pain in a simple act of manual dexterity? What happens when one cannot write? Read it.

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