School for the Gifted: Looking for Extra Challenge


Parents of gifted kids often struggle with how to make school work for their kids. This is doubly so for parents of twice-exceptional kids or kids who are highly or profoundly gifted. Support groups for parents of challenging gifted children are full of stories of changing schools to improve things for students after advocacy efforts have … Continue reading School for the Gifted: Looking for Extra Challenge

Do You Rest?


Many exceptionally gifted children have trouble sleeping at night because their minds do not shut off enough for sleep to come. D.V. Lovecky, "Hidden gifted learner: The exceptionally gifted child" Parents of gifted kids often realize in retrospect that the sleep challenges their kids faced as infants and toddlers were the earliest signs of their … Continue reading Do You Rest?

Grappling With Gratitude


I have always has trouble with gratitude as an abstract concept, and with gratitude journals as a practice. My intellectual overexcitabilities often manifest as a need for tight linguistic precision. The word gratitude means a feeling of being grateful. Being grateful means an appreciation of a kindness or a benefit received. Receipt of a kindness … Continue reading Grappling With Gratitude

Working With the Up-Side of Emotional Intensity


As Christine Fonseca pointed out on Monday, emotionally intense individuals experience extreme highs and lows. The intensity of these emotional reactions can cause difficulties. The Challenges: Depression is a risk for children who experience too many lows without balance or awareness of the temporary nature of emotional responses. People who wear their hearts on their sleeves … Continue reading Working With the Up-Side of Emotional Intensity

2e or Not 2e? Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis: An Insider’s Perspective


Gifted children with learning, emotional, and behavioural challenges face two risks. Firstly, the intensities and development trajectory of normal gifted development can be pathologized. Secondly, serious problems can remain undiagnosed because practitioners think gifted kids can't have “those kinds of problems.” Both are bad, with long-term consequences. There are resources looking at the problems of … Continue reading 2e or Not 2e? Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis: An Insider’s Perspective