Resources: Twice Exceptional (2e)
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- GiftedHF — the mailing list associated with Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Members are from around the world.
- GT-Spec-Home -- discusses gifted children with learning disabilities (LD) and/or other neurological problems and who may be homeschooled.
- Homeschooling Extraordinary Kids -- discusses gifted kids with learning difficulties; creating curriculum to meet your child's needs; resources for Gifted, LD or Gifted-LD kids.
- Regional Support -- These are links we have collected for families homeschooling gifted kids in specific regions or specialty groups.
Books and Publications
Twice Exceptional (2e)
- Different Minds: Gifted Children With AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and other Learning Deficits, by Deirdre V. Lovecky -- one of the few books specifically written about twice-exceptionality.
- Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Fit Your Atypical Child, by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MTF, a guidebook for making educational decisions, discusses how to balance the emotional and academic needs of gifted and 2e children, their parents, and their families.
- Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, And Other Disorders, by James T. Webb, et al -- Is your child really 2e, or is that behavior "normal" for giftedness? This long-awaited book takes you through the DSM diagnoses step-by-step and helps you decide when pathologies come into play (or not).
- The Spotlight on 2e Series from the publishers of 2e Newsletter has the information you need in a brief, easy-to-understand package! Some titles in the series are Parenting Your Twice Exceptional Child, Understanding Your Twice Exceptional Student, The Twice-Exceptional Child With Asperger Syndrome, Guiding the Twice Exceptional Child: A Collection of Columns by Meredith Warshaw and The 2e Reading Guide: Essential Books for Understanding the Twice-exceptional Child. These are terrific for personal reference, or for sharing with relatives, friends, teachers and others who don't understand these issues but should. You may also want to donate copies to the library in your community. See our Membership Benefits page for more information.
Autism and Asperger Syndrome
- All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, by Kathy Hoopman -- This wonderful book of cat photos has just enough text to get the point across with respect and dignity. For all ages, it's a great way to "introduce" others to the concept of ASD.
- Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs, by Maxine Aston -- a really helpful, easy-to-read book on how Aspergers affects relationships of all kinds.
- Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns, by Brenda Smith Myles and Jack Southwick, offers suggestions and solutions for all kinds of children (and adults!). Whether or not your child has been diagnosed as "Aspie," this book can be useful. It doesn't matter what label the title refers to; if it helps, it helps, and how many of us wouldn't appreciate advice that's actually relevant and practical?
- Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence, by Liane Holliday Willey, is another terrific parenting resource if your child is or may be on the spectrum.
- Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers, Liz Ditz, Emily Willingham, Carol Greenburg, is the best book ever on understanding autism. ‘Nuff said.
Auditory, Visual and Other Sensory Processing Disorders
- In the Mind's Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People With Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity, by Thomas G. West
- The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder and the companion work(play)book, The Out of Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Carol Stock Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller -- provides a good overview of sensory systems, and gives concrete ideas about how to plan activities that can help a child learn to cope with SPD.
- Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
- The Sensory-Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior, by Karen A. Smith, Karen R. Gouze -- not the perfect book, but pretty close. This explains Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) and helps you to incorporate that information into your parenting style.
- New! The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 250 Questions Parents Ask, by Tara Delaney, is a really good starter book for those new to SPD. Very easy to flip through, it covers a broad (albeit not deep) range of topics. The appendix includes a list of further resources, as well.
- When the Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder, by Teri James Bellis -- the best book around for understanding CAPD.
- A 5 is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults, by Kari Dunn Buron -- This practical book helps socially challenged teens understand what behavior is inappropriate and why the level of acceptibility changes over time and in different settings. This is also very helpful for those who have younger siblings and want to know why a particular behavior was 'cute' in a younger child but gets them in trouble as they get older. Includes clear explanations of why the perception of those around you matters, even if you don't know them.
- The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations, by Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trautman, Ronda L. Schelvan -- Lots of useful suggestions for kids and adults whose social skills need a tune-up. All of those things that seem like they are so obvious to everyone else are spelled out in a clear, matter of fact manner.
- Socially Curious, Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens & Young Adults, by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, is very helpful in decoding social behavior for the frustrated teen who wants to interact but doesn’t quite ‘get’ the rules. This anime-illustrated guidebook is written for teens and young adults to learn how the social mind is expected to work in order to effectively relate to in the community and at home.
- The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching Play, Emotion and Communicationand Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond, by Jed Baker -- These books use photos with captions to help the socially challenged of all ages understand appropriate cues in social and work settings.
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