Twice Exceptional

Autism –vs- Giftedness: A Neurobiological Perspective

Each one of my students holds a special place in my heart – ten years, thousands of students and parents – it’s been a long journey towards understanding in an effort to provide the resources that these children need so desperately.  Yet, it’s been those profoundly gifted students who present with social and communicative inadequacies …

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ADD, ADHD, Neuro-stimulants, and the Gifted Brain

It’s almost immediately identifiable – the moment a child is put on neurostimulants or, as I like to call them, neurological restraints.  Their eyes glaze over, the sparkle in their eyes that once gave them passion now muted.  Their response and engagement with their surroundings is now sluggish.  It’s as if all their color has …

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Anxiety and the Gifted Brain

Thump….Thump….Thump…Thump.Thump.Thump.  I can hear my heart pounding.  I can HEAR it.  Can anyone else hear it?  The world around me starts to blur.  My thoughts are screaming in my head, but they’re breaking up.  A single thought repeats itself incessantly.  A million more pile on.  Some are only snippets.  Some are entire narratives.  I’m having …

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