It has been some time since I wrote for this blog however, it is time to spend some serious on this blog as I believe this may be the best means for disseminating information across a broader media spectrum and ultimately helping families, schools, and teachers on the latest issues concerning both gifted and twice-exceptional education.
Too often both families and professional educators alike are either underexposed or wrongly exposed to information that makes a difference in the lives, education, and general well-being of both the gifted and 2e populations. This dearth of knowledge consistently leads to a disparity of comprehensive educational packages for these populations as well as issues regarding their social/emotional well-being, which is the foundation of both academic and personal success.
Therefore, the focus of the blog is two-fold. One to provide information and resources to families and education professionals to better assist in developing the needs of these two populations and secondly to tie current events and issues to the field of gifted education in general. The materials will be based on my two decades plus of working in a variety of school systems in the roles of parent, teacher, and administrator. They will also be influenced by my work with professional colleagues across the globe and, perhaps most importantly, through my own experiences as a father working to find the appropriate educational programs and methodologies for my four children all of whom struggled (and continue to do so) to traverse the ever-changing landscape of the public school system. Three of my children have been diagnosed (to varying degrees) as both gifted and disabled. Two have Aspergers (or High Functioning ASD), all three struggle with debilitating anxiety, and each one of them has an additional issue such as dyslexia, ADD, and all are non-verbal.. The oldest (Nicole) who fought extreme social anxiety actually made it through college and is currently working a successful career in marketing (there is hope after all) while the other three are currently teenagers. Of the three teenagers (two of whom are male) only one (Alex, 16) is currently attending school regularly. The others are home: one enrolled in home-bound education (Amanda, 15) and the other (Sean, 18) is working slowly towards his GED or Graduation Equivalency Diploma. Sean has not been in school for almost four years due to severe social anxiety related to Aspergers.
As you can see, we have our hands full. However, my own children, along with the work and educational pedigree, are responsible for a good portion of my experience and knowledge of the field of gifted/2e education. As a result some of the blogs will take a personal note accompanied by professional application.
I hope you will join me for this unpredictable journey.