1st Edition

Raising Twice-Exceptional Children A Handbook for Parents of Neurodivergent Gifted Kids

By Emily Kircher-Morris Copyright 2022
    246 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Just because a child is gifted doesn't mean they don't have other types of neurodivergence, like ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and more. Conversely, even children with one of these diagnoses can be cognitively gifted. Raising Twice-Exceptional Children provides you with a road map to understand the complex make-up of your "gifted-plus," or twice-exceptional, child or teen.

    The book helps you understand your child's diagnosis, meet their social-emotional needs, build self-regulation skills and goal setting, and teach self-advocacy. It also shows you effective ways to collaborate with teachers and school staff, and it offers advice on finding strengths-based strategies that support development at home.

    For too long, these kids have fallen through the cracks. This book provides key information on how to best support neurodivergent children by leveraging their strengths while supporting their struggles.


    Part I: Understanding Neurodiversity, Giftedness, and Twice-Exceptionality

    Chapter 1: What Is Neurodiversity?

    Chapter 2: Gifted and…

    Chapter 3: Identifying and Understanding Twice-Exceptionality

    Chapter 4: Talking About Twice-Exceptionality

    Part II: Parent Toolkit

    Chapter 5: Communicating for Connection

    Chapter 6: Effective Coparenting

    Part III: The Five Skills All Twice-Exceptional Kids Need

    Chapter 7: Skill #1- Self-Advocacy

    Chapter 8: Skill #2- Emotional Regulation

    Chapter 9: Skill #3- Executive Functioning

    Chapter 10: Skill #4- Effective Communication

    Chapter 11: Skill #5- Self-Directed Motivation

    Part IV: Finding the Right Academic Fit

    Chapter 12: Assessing Educational Options

    Chapter 13: Collaborating Effectively with School

    Final Thoughts


    Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC, is a mental health counselor for gifted and twice-exceptional people and host of The Neurodiversity Podcast. Growing up as a twice-exceptional kid led her to pursue supporting neurodivergent kids for her career. She has two identified twice-exceptional kids, and her youngest is still to be determined.

    "In Raising Twice-Exceptional Children, Emily Kircher-Morris offers well-researched, compassionate, and expert advice to caregivers trying to navigate an educational system (and world) that often doesn’t understand a neurodivergent, gifted child’s needs. As a school counselor, I appreciate that she not only dives into the history of neurodiversity, but also provides parents with a toolkit of practical strategies that can help their kids acquire all the skills they need to stay confident and motivated, advocate for themselves, communicate effectively, and regulate their emotions."

    Phyllis L. Fagell; School Counselor, Psychotherapist, and Author of "Middle School Matters"; USA