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.
Table of Contents
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
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