Giftedness is not just test scores or academic achievement. Gifted children can be twice-exceptional—both gifted and have learning differences—resulting in an extreme asynchrony that can exponentially increase parenting challenges. These exceptionalities may include autism, auditory and visual processing issues, dyslexia and dysgraphia, sensory integration dysfunction, ADD or ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, and myriad other dual diagnoses. Some families have found ways to deal with the challenges to make their homes run relatively smoothly; others describe their family lives as akin to “the bar scene from Star Wars.” Sometimes their giftedness may be easy to communicate to others in the community, but sometimes it’s hidden by twice-exceptional (2e) issues or by the expanded complexity of race and culture (Gifted Cubed). Having a gifted or 2e teenager can add a new layer of complication to parenting. The additional resources here give some perspective to those of us raising such children and reassure us that we are not alone.
- Articles: There’s a lot of information out there. We filter it so you don’t have to!
- Defining Giftedness: Giftedness isn’t just test scores or academic achievement.
- Learning Styles and Preferences: All gifted kids do not learn alike.
- Living with Gifted Children: Links on social emotional issues such as intensity, friendship, and Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities
- Twice Exceptional Issues: Giftedness often comes with dual diagnoses.
- Blogs from around the world: Get ideas from other parents in the same boat.
- Brochures: For when you need a short but effective explanation.
- Check out our printable Twice Exceptional: Smart Kids with Learning Differences
- Favorite Things: Recommended Learning Materials
- GHF Blog Hops on Giftedness and Twice Exceptionality (2E)
- Online Community: We’re there for you around the clock!
- Regional Support: Links for families homeschooling gifted kids in specific regions or specialty groups.
Don’t miss these topical books from GHF Press
When is life like a prize fight, a garden, and a quiz show, all hurtling down the road on an office chair, wrapped in song? When you’re living in the land of the gifted and twice exceptional. Jen Merrill, author of the Laughing at Chaos blog, brings laughter, tears, and honesty to her latest book by GHF Press. Join Jen on her journey through discovery, understanding, and acceptance, as she copes with the challenges that only the gifted and twice exceptional can create. So, pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and start reading. You’ll swear Jen’s written about you!
In her new book, Kelly Hirt, a public school teacher with 25 years experience and writer at MyTwiceBakedPotato.com, outlines 12 strategies to design a supportive, safe, and encouraging learning environment for twice-exceptional students. By utilizing Hirt’s strategies, educators will join with parents and students to create an educational experience in which all students can thrive and excel.
Parents of asynchronous children are often criticized as “helicopter parents” for being overly involved in their child’s social development; others take a hands-off approach out of fear or self-doubt. In this book, Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, have turned their focus to exploring what we need to know and how we know when we are doing too much or too little to create age- and intellectually appropriate social opportunities for our children.
Check out our 2e-friendly online classes at GHF Online
GHF Online is an online education program geared to the needs and interests of gifted students. Our small online classes provide abundant opportunities for interaction among students and instructors. Our classes offer students the opportunity to learn advanced, interdisciplinary content without being overburdened by heavy workload demands, occasionally using characters from pop culture such as Doctor Who, the gang from Hogwarts, and Percy Jackson to add a touch of familiarity to new material. GHF Online is 2e-friendly and willing to work with you to make reasonable accommodations for your child’s individual needs.
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