Request for Parent Input, Events, Mental Healthcare, More

Monday, February 19, 2018

In this blog we include items on giftedness, exceptionalities, parenting, education, and child development.

WE'RE OBSERVING "PRESIDENTS DAY" in the U.S. -- a time to take inspiration from past leaders who have been instrumental in our nation's founding and survival, and to reflect on how much difference an effective president might make on everyday issues important to the 2e community, such as FAPE, mental health, and civil rights. A tip of the hat to George, Abe, and our other illustrious presidents. 

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ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES. The editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter would, for an upcoming issue, like to know what has and hasn’t worked in terms of using online instruction. The editor would like to hear parent stories about the role that online learning resources play in their children’s lives:

  • As their primary means of learning (such as attending a virtual school)
  • As a supplement to homeschooling or classroom learning
  • As a means of pursuing interests or developing talents

Got a story to share? Email "editor" at Thanks!

2e CENTER SYMPOSIUM. If you didn't attend last October's symposium sponsored by the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development in Los Angeles but are curious about what you missed, you can read a "compendium" of the weekend's events online. Find it

ITAG 2e WORKSHOP. The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association has posted details about its April workshop for educators on meeting the needs of twice-exceptional students. Find the details

MENTAL HEALTHCARE. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation has shared comments by a former director of the National Institute for Mental Health on challenges facing mental healthcare in this country. The remarks were by Dr. Pardes at the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium at Weill Cornell Medical College; find them

2e2: TEACHING THE TWICE EXCEPTIONAL is the name of the sequel to the movie "2e: Twice Exceptional." The first announced screening we've seen of the sequel is at the Whole Child Academy on Long Island on March 15th. Find out more

ADVOCACY RESOURCE. Wrightslaw puts on workshops across the country, often sponsored by a local organization. Some of the workshops have provisions for scholarships; others are reasonably priced and may even offer a couples package. Spring workshops are scheduled in Florida, Missouri, and Maryland. Find out more about the session in your state. 

TECA is offering an encore of a workshop, "Parenting and the Art of War," on March 1st. This is a video conference featuring Neil Weintraub, who TECA says "brings a truly unique perspective to parenting twice exceptional children. Calling upon strategies first laid out in ancient Chinese texts thousands of years ago, Mr. Weintraub outlines a fresh paradigm for thinking about parent-child interactions." Find out more

REMEMBER FENIKS? it's the Dutch 2e drop-out center we wrote about in our coverage of last fall's NAGC convention, and we suggested that readers be on the lookout for the presenters of the session because they were planning on spending months in the U.S. in 2018. An upcoming opportunity is February 21 in San Mateo, California, at a benefit for the Gifted Support Center. Organizers say, "Main topics discussed will be perfectionism, intrinsic motivation, performance anxiety, peer relationships and mindsets." Find out more


  • Reading and eye exams. From Science Daily: "Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study." Find the study write-up
  • Identifying reading challenges. Education Dive says that new methods of screening can help identify reading challenges earlier. Read more
  • Depression. An article at NewsWise notes the shortage of child psychiatrists but says pediatricians can play an important role in diagnosing and treating depressing in adolescents. Read more

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