Many kids with ADHD are what’s called twice-exceptional, having a gifted IQ and a disability. Often the ability (giftedness) hides the disability, or the disability hides the ability. And, most U.S. schools do not have programs to address both disability and giftedness in the same student. That means parents often take on the job of enrichment for gifted needs. Listen as Colleen Kessler, M.Ed., and I discuss what giftedness really means and the set of strengths, weaknesses, and challenges that come with giftedness. Learn how to advocate for your child’s twice-exceptional needs in school and how to understand and nurture those same needs outside the school environment, as well.
Colleen Kessler, M.Ed., is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children, and a sought after national speaker. The author of more than a dozen books for teachers, parents, and kids, Colleen left teaching after more than a decade to write and speak about parenting, education, giftedness, and hands-on learning and play.