Contents  

Too Tired! Energy and Wellness in 2e Children

Biomedical Interventions

A Facility that Takes a Biomedical Approach

Using Cognitive Behavioral Counseling to Reverse Underachievement

Conference Coverage: NAGC 2009 Convention

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Column: Bob Seney on Books

Events

Letter from the Publishers

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Too Tired! Energy and Wellness in 2e Children, by Marlo Payne Thurman

When I began my work with gifted children, the field of education had not yet adopted the term “twice-exceptional.”... Looking back on those years, we certainly lacked a good understanding of giftedness; but what I think we lacked even more was a basic understanding of how individuals process sensory information, based on their level of intelligence.  Continued.

Biomedical Interventions

With the mainstream approach to addressing autism spectrum, attention deficit, anxiety, and other similar disorders in children, what typically happens is this series of steps. Continued.

A Facility that Takes a Biomedical Approach

The Pfeiffer Treatment Center is a nonprofit medical research and treatment facility in Warrenville , Illinois , which specializes in researching, evaluating, and treating biochemical imbalances. On staff are physicians, nurses, chemists, and other professionals who specialize in the effects of biochemistry on behavior, thought, and mood. Continued.

Using Cognitive Behavioral Counseling to Reverse Underachievement, by Jean Strop

Underachieving students continue to be an enigma to parents, to educators, and sometimes, to themselves.... To effectively break a negative cycle, psychologists often suggest that it is necessary to change an individual’s thought patterns before attempting to develop more productive behaviors. Continued.

Conference Coverage: NAGC 2009 Convention

St. Louis was the site of NAGC’s 56th annual convention. During the first week of November, 2500 parents, educators, psychologists, and others gathered to attend the hundreds of sessions and other events....Here is coverage of some of the sessions presented at this event. Continued.

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Dr. Sylvia Rimm offers advice to a mother of a son with a set of complex symptoms. View entire article.

Column: Bob Seney on Books

2e Newsletter children's book reviewer Bob Seney reviews Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859, the latest book by award-winning author Avi.  View entire article.

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Contents  

Visual Processing Dysfunction and Visual Therapy

Vision Problems and Your Child's Learning

Mistaking Giftedness for AD/HD

The Mythology of Learning, Part 5, The 2e Profile: Multiple Perspectives

On Dyslexia: Making Friends with Reading and Writing

Conference Coverage: World Gifted Conference

Book Review: Saving Sammy

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Column: Bob Seney on Books

Column: Parents' Perspective

Events

Letter from the Publishers

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 Visual Processing Dysfunction and Visual Therapy, by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide

Experts have long debated whether visual processing problems contribute to the reading and spelling challenges in dyslexia.   Continued.

Vision Problems and Your Child's Learning, An Interview with Dr. Nancy Torgerson

Dr. Nancy Torgerson is an optometrist in the Seattle area. Her practice, Alderwood Vision Therapy Center, treats the full range of optometric problems but has a special emphasis on testing, diagnosing, and treating vision problems related to learning. 2e Newsletter asked Dr. Torgerson about these kinds of problems, the effect they have on learning, and ways to address the problems. She shares her answers in this edited interview. Continued.  

Mistaking Giftedness for AD/HD, by Jillian Gates

Have you ever encountered a child in the classroom who literally bounces off the chair, interrupts you to ask questions, forgets to turn in homework on a daily basis, and yet tends to do just fine academically, achieving at average or better levels? I spent 12 years in the classroom with many of these children. By third grade, they came to me with a label of AD/HD; but, interestingly, some of them seemed to lose their symptoms when they encountered a challenging curriculum or had the chance to work in an area of interest. Continued.  

The Mythology of Learning, Part 5 -- The 2e Profile: Multiple Perspectives by Lesli Preuss, Ph.D., Susan Baum, Ph.D., and Carl Sabatino, Head of School

Part 5 of a series of articles that looks at commonly held views or practices related to teaching and learning, and will examine how these "myths" can be detrimental to 2e students.  View entire article.

On Dyslexia: Making Friends with Reading and Writing, by Leighann Pennington

Everyone deserves a chance to dive into a good book, to fully inhabit an imaginary world. Gifted children gain the most from reading when they can work with the complexity in stories, such as characterization and how theme and setting are developed. Children with reading disabilities should not be deprived of that experience or the feeling of kinship with books that other gifted children experience.  Continued.  

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Conference Coverage: World Gifted Conference

In early August, the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, welcomed attendees to the 18th World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children. Here is coverage of one of the sessions presented at this five-day event. Continued.

Book Review: Saving Sammy

Have you ever found yourself in this situation? Something is not right with your child and you go to a professional for help. The person you consult tells you things that just don’t seem to fit the child you know and the problems you’ve observed. Then you’re left wondering who’s right – this person with the credentials or you, who’s just a parent? Continued.

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Mom wants advice for gifted boy she thinks is dyslexic. How can she get him to achieve his potential? View entire article.

Column: Bob Seney on Books

2e Newsletter children's book reviewer Bob Seney reviews another hit from the author of Aretmis Fowl. View entire article.

Parents' Perspective: Jumping into 2e Trenches, by Karyn Morgan

My relationship with our local school district is just developing. I’m coming in with a positive mindset, yet I have many concerns.... I have to learn all about something called twice exceptional. View entire article.

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Contents  

An Interview with Jann Leppien

Jann Leppien on Technology for Teaching

Resources to Boost Homeschool Learning for 2e Kids

Digitial Education for 2e Students

Technology "Hits" in the 2e Arena

Sally_L's Online Conferences and Webinars

The Mythology of Learning, Part 4 – Academic and Emotional Readiness

A Meeting of the Minds on 2e

A New School in Scottsdale for 2e Children

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Column: Parents' Perspective

Events

Letter from the Publishers

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 An Interview with Jann Leppien

Jann Leppien, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Great Falls, in Montana, where the topics she teaches include curriculum and instruction, gifted education, and assessment and learning.... She regularly presents conference sessions on using technology in the classroom and offers insights, recommendations, and resources in this edited interview.   Continued.  

Jann Leppien on Technology for Teaching

Here Jann Leppien shares her ideas on how teachers might use or are using new devices and applications to engage and accommodate 2e students.  Continued.    

Resources to Boost Homeschool Learning for 2e Kids, by Kerry Jones

One thing many people are surprised to learn when they find out that I’ve been homeschooling for almost 10 years is that I’m a terrible teacher.   Continued.  

Digitial Education for 2e Students, by J. Mark Bade

In 2004, a confluence of events led Frances Hill, living in a rural area of New Zealand’s South Island, to team with her husband and start a venture she called Alpha, “a digital school that could connect gifted students across New Zealand and even globally, a school that would meet the emotional and social needs as well as the cognitive needs of gifted students.” Continued.  

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Technology "Hits" in the 2e Arena

Several articles in this issue feature particular ways in which technology helps 2e children, or helps us to help them. Here’s a smorgasbord of other technological applications – in no particular order except for the first two – that have made things easier for parents, educators, and twice-exceptional children themselves.  Continued.  

Sally_L's Online Conferences and Webinars

Utah resident Sally_L has been using Internet technology since 2003 to provide online conferences for the gifted community. Her venture, Our Gifted and Talented Online Conferences (OGTOC), originated as a project through NAGC’s Professional Achievement Certificate program, a mentored, individualized professional development experience.  View entire article.

The Mythology of Learning, Part 4 – Academic and Emotional Readiness, byLesli Preuss, Ph.D., Susan Baum, Ph.D., and Carl Sabatino, Head of School

Part 4 of a series of articles that looks at commonly held views or practices related to teaching and learning, and will examine how these "myths" can be detrimental to 2e students  View entire article.

A Meeting of the Minds on 2e

On Saturday May 2, over 30 people from around the country convened at a symposium at the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. What the invited attendees all had in common is a focus on and a commitment to twice-exceptional children.  View entire article.

A New School in Scottsdale for 2e Children

The elements of the story Kelly Rostan tells about her family may sound familiar to many parents of 2e children, at least up to a point. A gifted son who has also been assigned at least seven other labels from the alphabet soup of multi-exceptionalities. Trials of medication and special diets. Holistic practitioners. The feeling that, as a parent, you’re alone in your search for answers and support.  View entire article.

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Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

A gifted boy has an attitude and lacks motivation. See what Sylvia Rimm has to say.  View entire article.

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Parents' Perspective: You Don't Get to Pick 'em , by Tracy McElhinney

When I was a student, I loved school. I worked hard and was a very good student. I couldn’t understand the kids who didn’t like school. Of course, I expected that my own kids would be studious and like school the way I did. The problem is you don’t get to pick your kids.   View entire article.

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May 2009

Contents  

The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model

An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

Dual Differentiation for 2e Students  

The Mythology of Learning, Part 3: Differentiate or Accommodate?

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

Interview with Micaela Bracamonte: A New 2e School in the Making 

Summer Camps and Programs

Why Writing It Down Doesn't Actually Get It Done: How to Execute Your To-do List

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Column: Bob Seney on Books – How Many Days Until Tomorrow?  

Parents' Perspective: It's Not Easy Being "B" - My Non-2e Child

Events

Letter from the Publishers

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The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model, by Dina Brulles and Susan Weinbrenner

The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM) is one way that twice-exceptional students can have their learning strengths noticed and accommodated on a daily basis. With this model, gifted students are grouped together in otherwise heterogeneous classrooms.  Continued

An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, by Carol Ann Tomlinson

In most elementary classrooms, some students struggle with learning, others perform well beyond grade-level expectations, and the rest fit somewhere in between. Within each of these categories of students, individuals also learn in a variety of ways and have different interests. To meet the needs of a diverse student population, many teachers differentiate instruction. Continued

Dual Differentiation for 2e Students

Students who are twice exceptional have the need for dual differentiation.... According to educator and author Susan Baum, the dual-differentiated approach applies to curriculum and instruction, and it includes modifications as well as accommodations.  Continued

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The Mythology of Learning, Part 3 – Differentiate or Accommodate? by Susan Baum, Ph.D., Marcy Dann, M.A., BCET, Cynthia Novak, Ph.D., Lesli Preuss, Ph.D.

Part 3 of a series of articles that looks at commonly held views or practices related to teaching and learning, and will examine how these "myths" can be detrimental to 2e students   View entire article...

Fighting for FAPE: A Texas Family's Struggle to Achieve Justice in Education, by J. Mark. Bade

Per Hovem is twice exceptional; and, according to the due process complaint filed by Per’s family in 2008, the Klein ISD violated Per’s rights by denying him a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) as required by the U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004.  View entire article...

Interview with Micaela Bracamonte: A New 2e School in the Making

Many parents of twice-exceptional children are on a continuous quest to find the right school for their child. Micaela Bracamonte has decided to end the quest by starting her own. Next September, she plans to open the Lang School in Brooklyn, New York. In this edited interview with 2e Newsletter, Micaela discussed her plans and what led her to take on this challenge. Continued

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Summer Camps and Programs

If you’re one of those well-organized parents who already has your family’s summer plans all arranged, you don’t need to read any further. For the rest of us, here are some resources to help you figure out how to keep your offspring happy and engaged this summer.   Continued

Why Writing It Down Doesn't Actually Get It Done: How to Execute Your To-do List, by Leo Babauta  

“Make a list. Check off each task as you finish it.” How many times have you said that to your 2e child or student – and how many times has it worked? Did the chores get done, the assignments completed? Maybe yes, but more likely no. Blogger and author Leo Babauta addressed this issue in an article on his website Zen Habits. Here, in an adapted version of the article, Babauta provides some insights and plenty of good tips that we can share with our young procrastinators (and maybe even use ourselves).  Continued

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Why would a bright boy underachieve? See what Sylvia Rimm has to say. View entire article...

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Column: Bob Seney on Books – How Many Days Until Tomorrow?

Two teachers, a parent, and a student insisted that I read How Many Days Until Tomorrow? by Caroline Janover (2000, Woodbine House). The student reader’s comments were especially important: “I sometimes feel just like Josh.” Obviously, I had to take a look-see.  View entire article...

Parents' Perspective: It's Not Easy Being "B" - My Non-2e Child , by Sarah Garrison

It wasn’t supposed to go like this. I had planned to write an essay about my “other child,” the non-2e kid, the chameleon. I thought I might write about the people over the years who have asked me if my “other child” is gifted, too.  View entire article...

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March 2009

Contents  

A Non-researcher's  Guide to Interpreting Research Reports

Study Examines Gifted, 2e, LD, "Normal"

The Colorado Twice-Exceptional Project: A Statewide Effort for Change

Federal Funding for 2e Research  

Project 2ExceL: Minneapolis-area Javits Grant to Help 2e Students

Interview with 2e Educator Robin Sly, Idaho's Teacher of the Year 

The Mythology of Learning, Part 2 – In Their Own Stream: Managing Dynamic Asynchrony

Foundation Support for 2e Students

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Column: Bob Seney on Books – A SciFi Adventure for Older Readers

Parents' Perspective: My Son, the Navajo

Events

Letter from the Publishers

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A Non-researcher's Guide to Interpreting Research Reports, by Daniel J. Boudah, Ph.D. and Margaret P. Weiss, Ph.D.

Every day, teachers of students with learning disabilities are confronted with decisions regarding how to best educate students for whom many traditional methods do not seem to work. They reflect, share experiences and materials with colleagues, and check the Internet to find descriptions of practices to help. Still, they may often find it difficult to tell reliable practices from snake oil.  Continued

Study Examines Gifted, 2e, LD, "Normal," by J. Mark Bade

Jeff Gilger’s question is, “How is it that neurodevelopment can lead to both gifts and disabilities in the same person?” Gilger’s multidisciplinary method of answering that question is a little bit different than the method most of us lay people might use. Gilger, a Ph.D. and Associate Dean for Discovery and Faculty at Purdue University , assembled a research team, gained access to MRI equipment, found some research subjects, and applied some hard science.  Continued

The Colorado Twice-Exceptional Project: A Statewide Effort for Change

Finding the information you need to better understand and help your twice-exceptional child or student can be a challenge. But if you live in Colorado, the task has gotten easier, thanks to the Colorado Twice-Exceptional Project.  Continued

Federal Funding for 2e Research

Who is doing the research on twice-exceptional learners and how is it shaping thinking in the world of education today? For the past two decades in the United States , a good deal of the research in this area has been conducted by recipients of grants awarded under the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act.  Continued

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Project 2ExceL: Minneapolis-area Javits Grant to Help 2e Students, by Linda C. Neumann

“We had…data that proved that these kids are really bright, really smart, but then we had performance that was the exact opposite,” explained Richard Cash to a reporter from the Minneapolis/St.Paul Star Tribune. Cash was frustrated by an all-too-common situation...children qualify for placement in gifted programs but end up struggling because of unidentified learning or attention issues, emotional or behavior disorders, or autism spectrum disorders.  Continued

Interview with 2e Educator Robin Sly, Idaho's Teacher of the Year 

Last November, first-grade teacher Robin Sly was named Idaho Teacher of the Year for 2009. What sets her apart from others who receive this recognition is Robin’s focus on 2e students. While teaching at Trail Wind Elementary School in Boise, Robin has raised awareness of twice exceptionality at both the local and state levels. In this edited interview with 2e Newsletter, she discusses her work and her prestigious title.  Continued

The Mythology of Learning, Part 2 – In Their Own Stream: Managing Dynamic Asynchrony, by Susan Baum, Ph.D., Marcy Dann, M.A., BCET, Cynthia Novak, Ph.D., Lesli Preuss, Ph.D.

Part 2 of a series of articles that looks at commonly held views or practices related to teaching and learning, and will examine how these "myths" can be detrimental to 2e students  View entire article...

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Foundation Support for 2e Students, by Linda C. Neumann  

When Jack Kent Cooke was young, he dreamed of getting a college education; but the Great Depression put an end to that dream....Following his death in 1997, his estate set up an independent foundation with the goal of helping young people with exceptional promise reach their potential through education.  Continued

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Could it be that test results don't tell the whole story? See what Sylvia Rimm has to say. View entire article...

Column: Bob Seney on Books – A SciFi Adventure for Older Readers

This remarkable tale is a unique blend of Shirley Jackson’s classic short story, “The Lottery,” Margaret Haddix’s Shadow Children Series, and television reality shows gone bad. View entire article...

Parents' Perspective: My Son, the Navajo , by Marijke Jones

My son Simon is profoundly twice exceptional. His learning disorders mask unique abilities. He struggles with school but occasionally comes up with breathtaking work. We have always told him that there is nothing “wrong” with him, that he works differently from others and has strengths that will only continue to emerge as he gets older. He seemed to believe us. Then he went to Navajo Country. View entire article...

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January 2009

Contents

How to Advocate for Your Students Without Losing Your Job

Individual Differences in Learning Conference

Advocacy Resources

What is Special Education Law? 

Interview with Matt Cohen, Special Education Attorney

Special Education Process: IEP vs. 504 Plan

Homeschooling the Twice Exceptional Child: Why 2e Does Not Fit Well in the Traditional Classroom and What to Do About It

The Mythology of Learning, Part 1 – Abandoning Deficit Models: A Paradigm Shift

2e Experts Look Ahead at 2009

Book Review Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Events

Letter from the Publishers

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How to Advocate for Your Students Without Losing Your Job, by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.

In a perfect world, no teacher should be criticized for defending, protecting, or advocating for a child. But, the world is imperfect, and teachers often find that they are asked to compromise students’ services in order to maintain budgets and other real-world constraints.  Continued  

Individual Differences in Learning Conference

Clarksville , Maryland , was the site of IDL’s first conference, called “What Works and Why: Unmasking Student Strengths.” Held on November 20 and 21, 2008, the event drew approximately 200 parents, 2e students, and professionals from a range of disciplines, including  education, art, science, and mental health.  Continued .

Advocacy Resources

Readers looking for more information about advocating for twice-exceptional children may find it worthwhile to check these resources.  Continued   

What is Special Education Law? by Dorene Philpot, J.D.

Parents often lack information about their child’s rights in terms of the education and services offered by the public schools. Parents are often intimidated by the number and demeanor of the school staff during meetings and feel that they have little input into their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). This lack of knowledge can have a serious impact on the progress a child is able to make in school.  Continued  

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Interview with Matt Cohen, Special Education Attorney

Matt Cohen is co-founder of Monahan & Cohen, a Chicago legal practice specializing in health, human services, special education, and disability law. In addition, he teaches law; lectures and writes on special education topics, among others; and serves as legal commentator for LD Online, answering questions regarding legal issues for people with learning disabilities. In this edited interview with 2e Newsletter in late 2008, he discussed his work.  Continued  

Special Education Process: IEP vs. 504 Plan, by Andrea Bennett, M.Ed. and Lisa Frank, M.Ed.

Do you suspect that your child needs special education? Do you think your child will benefit from an IEP or a 504 Plan? How do you know which one would best meet your child’s unique needs?  Continued  

Homeschooling the Twice Exceptional Child: Why 2e Does Not Fit Well in the Traditional Classroom and What to Do About It, by Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and Mika Gustavson, LMFT

Being twice-exceptional (2e) poses major challenges for children and the significant adults in their lives, particularly when the children’s major asynchronies (areas of uneven development) are not identified or understood.  Continued   

The Mythology of Learning, Part 1 – Abandoning Deficit Models: A Paradigm Shift, by Carl Sabatino

When James walked into the Bridges Academy admissions office, he told us he disliked school, his classmates, and himself. Although his records showed that James possessed a superior intelligence, he was often in trouble at school.  View entire article...

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2e Experts Look Ahead at 2009

With the changing of the year, we asked experts in the field of twice-exceptional children to offer their concerns and predictions about the New Year and the immediate future. Be forewarned. Our experts were not optimistic in their responses, but their pessimism also points out areas where we all can work hard for change.  Continued

Book Review Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide, reviewed by Linda C. Neumann

In Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children author Barbara Gilman provides several books in one. There’s the primer on giftedness, then the basics of testing, and finally the guide to advocacy for the gifted student.  Continued  

Column: Dear Dr. Sylvia

Does giftedness cause sloppiness? She what Sylvia Rimm has to say. View entire article...

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