News about Exceptionalities, Giftedness, and More

From the September/October, 2018, issue of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

In Case You Missed These in Our Blog and Briefing

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, GENETICS. A recent study determined that over a thousand genes are linked to academic achievement. However, Quartz points out that, even so, genetics accounts for only 11 percent of the variation in achievement, compared to, for example, 7 percent that’s attributable to household income. But the Quartz article goes on to address a related assumption: “That such an intelligence-based meritocracy should exist in the first place. We are so invested in the idea that academic achievement is a de facto good that we fail to consider whether intelligence should be rewarded in the first place.” If you want to ponder that — or to see how the Quartz writers ponder it — check out the article at https://goo.gl/XcSnFz.

LDA. SELF-ADVOCACY, ACCOMMODATIONS. A post-doc scientist explains the value of learning self-advocacy and being able and willing to discuss accommodations with teachers and professors. His account covers elementary school through college, and beyond. In an article at the site of Learning Disabilities Association of America, he writes “Self-advocacy is a process that takes time to learn and cultivate over the years, but it is well worth it. We need to teach students with learning disabilities to self-advocate as early as possible.” Find the article at https://goo.gl/uZSF8d.

SENG now has an official affiliate in Europe, headed by Femke Hovinga-Tiller of the Netherlands. Our friends on the continent can find out more at the Facebook page of SENG Europe, https://goo.gl/Bf62Es.

ADHD AT SCHOOL. An article in the Boston Globe Magazine is titled “Eight things I wish teachers knew about my child with ADHD,” and the parent/author explains how parental input can “ensure Nick’s teachers knew what interventions were working at home and what could help at school.” Sample insights to share:

  • “His brain’s in the fast lane, always” — and how focusing on positive aspects of that can help in the classroom
  • “He may not know what he did wrong” — and how explaining the reason for consequences helps improve behavior in the future

And six more. Find the article at https://goo.gl/5xoTyk.

NOVEMBER 2e SEMINAR FROM WKU. The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University will offer a two-part seminar on twice-exceptional students this November 1-2 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. “Finding, Understanding, and Nurturing Twice-Exceptional Students” will bring together national experts Daphne Pereles and Lois Baldwin, who will present in two parts over two days. For more information or to register, please visit the site of WKU’s Center for Gifted Studies (https://goo.gl/51fwTA) or email gifted@wku.edu.

TECA, Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy, has opened online registration for its November 9th conference in Rockville Centre, New York. TECA calls the event “a full day of more than a dozen workshops and panel discussions, networking and resources for parents of 2e kids and the professionals who work with them!” Find out more and register online at https://goo.gl/qdytw6.

SUMMIT CENTER ONLINE GROUPS. Summit Center has announced two new online monthly discussion groups related to giftedness, both beginning later this month and facilitated by Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed. The Advanced Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted and 2e Children is for parents who have participated in a SENG Model Parent Group in the past, or have already read A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children Learn more or register at https://conta.cc/2nVvLge. The second is a group for gifted adults to discuss overexcitability challenges while learning coping skills. This group will refer to the book Living with Intensity, by Daniels and Piechowski (2008). Learn more and register at https://conta.cc/2LcLO28.

DON’T FORGET to check out the upcoming virtual conference “2 Days of 2e,” presented by With Understanding Comes Calm on October 26-27. Find out more about the speakers, discussion forums, and the virtual exhibit hall at https://goo.gl/k8tAU6. The registration page currently offers an early registration price. Readers of 2e Newsletter will see lots of familiar names among the speakers. The conference organizer is newsletter contributor Julie Skolnick.

TiLT PARENTING is helping parents of differently-wired kids start in-person “TiLT Groups” in their communities. TiLT founder Debbie Reber has put together a “TiLT Together Starter Kit” for group leaders. Find out more at https://goo.gl/fVZ1CQ.

SENG SUPPORT GROUPS. SENG has announced the formation of several online support groups, one of which is for parents of twice-exceptional children. Each group will be led by experts and conducted in the SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) style that uses a combination of learning with in-depth discussion and sharing, according to the organization. Find out more at https://goo.gl/PBmJpJ.    

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