I found Kelly Hirt’s book, Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children, to be a very helpful resource for education professionals who want to learn about the needs, intensities, sensitivities, and complexities of twice-exceptional children. The book offers practical strategies for meeting needs and supporting success.
Hirt’s reflection as a classroom teacher, “It is my job, not students’, to change my awareness and increase my strategies,” is compelling.
Her honest and vulnerable sharing of her journey as a teacher and parent makes this a powerful, not preachy, resource. Hirt’s nonjudgemental acknowledgement of the classroom teacher’s perspective and challenges will help teachers who read this book to shift beliefs as well as practices.
Throughout the book, Hirt has a theme of empathy for students, families, and educators. She strongly emphasizes the partnership between teacher and parent, teacher and student, and parent and student. I believe reading this book will strengthen partnerships, relationships, and success for the 2e child.
Sarah White is Principal at East Ridge Elementary in Woodinville, Washington.