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The Quad Manhattan is an inclusive meeting place for Twice Exceptional kids – a place where social and executive functioning “life” skills are developed through fun! Twice Exceptional or 2e children have intellectual or creative gifts, and also have lagging social or executive functioning skills. Developed by experts in medicine, child psychology and gifted special education, the Quad uses kids’ strengths and passions to hide skill development in creative and engaging after-school classes and activities during our summer camp.
In this publication by the National Education Association, the current state of twice-exceptional education is examined. 2e identification, teacher responsibilities, and community issues are some of the topics discussed.
At the Winston School, students gain the learning skills and self-reliance to succeed in college and throughout life. Serving children in grades K-12, Winston challenges its students to achieve in an environment that not only supports but also celebrates their individuality and creativity. Winston’s personalized, college preparatory program is designed to align with the student’s learning style rather than teaching a fixed curriculum. This approach sets Winston apart from other schools as its program is focused on educating the whole child empowering them to be confident, well-rounded and lifelong self-advocates.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity (YCDC) is the preeminent source of cutting-edge research, informed advocacy and trustworthy resources to help those with dyslexia reach their full potential. The Center’s tools and resources are used widely by parents, educators and those with dyslexia to advocate for greater recognition and support for dyslexic children and adults. YCDC builds awareness in all communities and mobilizes grassroots efforts to close the reading achievement gap for all students, including low-income students of color, through policies that help dyslexic children succeed. The Center also showcases the remarkable success stories of adults with dyslexia, including writers, scientists, celebrities, and government and business leaders. YCDC was founded in 2006 by Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, world-renowned physician-scientists and leaders in the field of dyslexia research and diagnosis. Dr. Sally Shaywitz is the author of Overcoming Dyslexia, the seminal book on understanding and supporting those with dyslexia.
Dr. Grace Malonai and others at TheraThrive specialize in counseling gifted adults, teens and children, and their parents in the San Francisco Bay Area through issues of high sensitivity, overexcitabilities, twice exceptionality, perfectionism, and other gifted traits.
TiLT Parenting is an online resource created by a mother of a twice-exceptional child to help herself and other parents navigate raising a gifted child, specifically those with ADHD, learning differences, anxiety, autism, etc. TiLT hopes to create an online community for the parents of gifted and neurologically atypical children through their blog and weekly podcast, as well as to help parents stay informed on the latest research regarding gifted and twice-exceptional children.
Dr. Bahador, based out of Los Angeles, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in conducting psycho-educational, psychological and intellectual assessments with children, adolescents and adults. She also conducts IQ testing for admission to Mirman School and provides parent consultation and training.
Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy, Inc. (TECA) was founded in 2003 by a group of parents seeking to identify, support and unite twice exceptional (2e) students and their families. TECA’s mission is to help parents understand what twice exceptionality is and help them identify whether their children are 2e. TECA assists parents in finding and advocating for the education and resources their children require and provides a strong, vibrant, accepting community for 2e children and their families.
This free handbook, published by the Colorado Department of Education, goes over the strengths and challenges of twice-exceptional students, how to identify such students, programming and instructional strategies, parenting tips, case studies, resources and more.
Tyler Institute provides high quality mental health services by qualified professionals to children, adolescents, adults and families. Anne Tyler, its founder, is devoted to helping children, adolescents, families and adults work through mental health challenges in order to live up to their potential and manifest their talents and strengths in a more vibrant way in everyday life. Her primary specialty is working with gifted children and their families.
In this artcile, Sally M. Reis, Ph.D. and D. Betsy McCoach share their research about twice exceptional talented students who underachieve and provide suggestions about potential interventions.
The goal of this site is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues, including those who are also gifted. They post well-researched, practical information, daily expert advice, and offer a secure community where parents can trade tips and experiences with other parents like them.
Veronica Johnson at Envision Counseling Clinic administers IQ tests to assess the full range of learning needs, including children with intellectual strengths that may benefit from higher-level work (e.g. gifted) and children with intellectual challenges that may require specific intervention (e.g. intellectual disability or specific learning disability). She is based out of Castle Rock, CO.
West LA Neuropsychology, PC specializes in the neuropsychological assessments of children and adults. In addition to offering gifted IQ testing and evaluation, Dr. Wilson conducts school observations, consultations about educational planning, participation in IEP meetings, and more.
Westside of Los Angeles Gifted is a group of families with gifted and twice-exceptional children living on the Westside of Los Angeles. Comprised of a diverse gathering of families, they foster long-lasting friendships through support, resources, and shared experiences.
This book by Judy Galbraith, M.A. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D. offers practical suggestions for addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted students. The authors present ways to advocate for gifted education; help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and twice-exceptional students; and provide all gifted kids with a safe, supportive learning environment.
With Understanding Comes Calm is an organization whose mission is to empower parents, educators and professionals to bring out the best and raise self esteem in their children, students, clients, and themselves through education, tailor made strategies, and advocacy training. Founder, Julie Skolnick, passionately guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, and collaborates with and advises educators and professionals on bringing out the best and raising self-esteem in their students and clients.
Woodsmall Law Group is a small boutique firm in the San Gabriel Valley with over 18 years’ experience helping children with disabilities take advantage of the services and opportunities afforded them by the state and federal governments. They provide experienced, practical and sophisticated representation in matters related to the educational and community access rights of individuals with special needs. They are dedicated to maintaining a proactive, client-centered approach. Each matter receives individualized analysis and a unique case strategy, tailored to meet the client’s need. They stress a balance of aggressive representation with the recognition that non-adversarial alternatives can preserve limited resources and many times, cultivate collaborative, long term results with school and regional center professionals.
Wrightslaw is a resource website that includes the Advocacy Libraries, Law Libraries, and thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics related to Advocacy, Assessment and Testing, Due Process, Twice Exceptional, to name a few. Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd edition will teach you how to plan, prepare, organize and get quality special education services. In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you will learn your child’s disability and educational needs, how to create a simple method for organizing your child’s file and devising a master plan for your child’s special education. You will understand parent-school conflict, how to create paper trails and effective letter writing. This book includes dozens of worksheets, forms and sample letters that you can tailor to your needs. Whether you are new to special education or an experienced advocate this book will provide a clear road-map to effective advocacy for your child.
Designed and led by experts in the field of gifted youth, Yunasa Summer Camps support the whole gifted child, encouraging growth and support of campers in all aspects of self. Yunasa – the Indian Lakota word for “Balance” – provides a combination of traditional sleepaway camp experience and special workshops designed specifically to help gifted children develop greater awareness and self-acceptance. Camps are offered every summer in Sedalia, Colorado and Flint, Michigan and are open to campers nationwide ages 10 to 15.