Gary Saunders, Ed.D. a husband and is the father of five wonderful children. He has been an educator in the classroom and as an administrator for over twenty five years. He has spearheaded multiple gifted and talented programs at the school site level. He currently leads a district whose mission is to provide families andContinue reading “Quark Research – Gary Saunders, Ed.D.”
Tiffany Chaiko is a twice-exceptional doctoral student at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education. She is a non-practicing accredited public relations professional and a former independent sales representative. Tiffany has more than ten years of volunteer leadership experience in educational settings. She holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Hawaii Pacific University andContinue reading “Quark Research -Tiffany Chaiko, M.Ed.”
Meet Brandon McDaniels, an adult private driving instructor in Dallas, TX. She shares her authentic story of finding a personally meaningful life, and how COVID pushed her to come to terms with her superpower and secret. Some of our favorite quotes from this interview: “Staying in silence to be present” “It is okay to sacrificeContinue reading “Voices “Human Range: My Life, My Journey” – Guest Brandon McDaniels”
Thank you Bridges Graduate School for the “C for Curiosity” write-up in our August Newsletter. Celebrating every one of us as unique individuals, with rights to dignity and belonging has become my personal mission. Join me on this journey seeking sustainable health and wellbeing across our lifespan. This book is available on Amazon, Barnes &Continue reading “Curiosity”
Our Quark Collaboration “Voices: We Know You For That” podcast guest today is Amelia Thompson, Founder & President of RenewToday – A social impact organization supporting initiatives that foster mercy, justice, and community. RenewToday is a non-profit organization helping to maintain and developed a focus on advancing menstrual health through tackling period poverty. For moreContinue reading “VOICES: “WE KNOW YOU FOR THAT” GUEST – Amelia Thompson”
Wonderful session engaging with Epsilon parents on the NEST! approach to understand and nurture complex outliers for lifelong health and wellbeing.
Film is a powerful educational tool that engages multiple modalities. Join us on July 22nd, 2022 @5pm ET for a session at the 2022 SENG conference to learn how mentorship fits within the NEST! parenting trifecta. What comes to your mind when you think about mentors? Through the use of film clips from the documentaryContinue reading “Mentorship is Key: Parent, Mentee & Academic perspectives through Film”
Join us virtually for a dialogue on wellbeing and resilience with our panel at July 21st 202, 7pm ET. What is wellbeing? What is resilience? Are they related? Nicole Mattingly, a gifted adult parenting her gifted teens, shares her journey and 4 tips. Mahala Bruns a gifted adult shares her journey and tips for “peopleContinue reading “Dialogue on Wellbeing & Resilience”
Attending the 15th Dabrowski Congress on July 18 and 19th, 2022. Looking forward to connecting with familiar faces and making new connections.
#BetterTogether, an initiative by the People’s Action Party (PAP) to raise awareness and drive collective action for mental health in Singapore was launched on April 30th, 2022. It was important for all stakeholders to participate in the June 24th, 2022 follow-up public engagement session. Attendees included various Singapore governmental agencies, parents, academics, clinicians, school counselors,Continue reading “Mental Health Initiative Singapore 2022”
Looking forward to presenting and attending the 15th International Dabrowski Congress on July 18-19, 2022 with my fellow Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted Board members Karen Arnstein and Carrie Pokrefke. I will be presenting “1st Generation South East Asian American Self and Parental Reflections on Positive Disintegration.”
It was such a pleasure to be in Episode#111 on the movement to align k-12 and beyond educational pedagogies with Silver Lining for Learning June 25th 2022, 530pm ET. The hosts at Silver Lining for Learning include Chris Dede -Timothy E. Wirth Professor Learning TechnologiesHarvard Graduate School of Education Curt Bonk – Professor curtbonk.com InstructionalContinue reading “K-12 & Higher Education”
I am so excited to host the opening panel session for the SENG 2022 Annual Conference: “Wellbeing and resilience for the gifted: Narratives from multiple perspectives.” Join us, on July 21st, 2022 online from 7-830pm EST. Panelists: Malaha Burns, Ph.D., Nicole Mattingly, M.A., Jordan O’Kelley, & Lin Lim, Ph.D. Life is unpredictable and it isContinue reading “Wellbeing & Resilience for the gifted”
Conversations beyond Math & Education with Dr. Po Shen Loh It was such a pleasure for Quark Collaboration to interview Dr. Po Shen Loh on our episode for “Human Range: My Life, My Journey” We had a great dialogue around human development throughout our conversation about math and education. Here are some of our favoriteContinue reading “What does math have to do with human development?”
Read my latest article in the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC)Parenting for High Potential Magazine – June 2022 Issue. It discusses the impacts of negative life experiences of twice-exceptional children and provides tips and strategies for parents to address 2e trauma. Note that this article requires a subscription or membership to NAGC
Join us on June 5th, 2022 for Day 3 of the GHF Conference.
Join us on Day 2 and Day 3 of the GHF annual virtual conference on June 4th 2022.
I am looking forward to this day-long Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education Regulations and Policies for the Gifted Initiative workshop. Gratitude for the collaborative systems-level goals success approach with the team and support staff. Personal learning and growth with this more than a year-long international, cultural, linguistic, time, conceptual, technological, and logistical coordinationContinue reading “Modern Trends in Caring for the Gifted”
Attend the GHF annual conference June 3-5, 2022 live for free. Access to information and education is a systemic barrier to equity and quality of life. Join me for a presentation and conversation on June 4th, 2022, at 1:45 pm EST and two other sessions during this conference.
Building positive relationships across different key lifespan transition stakeholders form an important component for complex outlier family health and wellbeing. As a parent of two complex outliers, it gives me great joy and comfort to know that we are making a difference through our openness and willingness to share and engage in dialogue around multipleContinue reading “Cal State LA Office for Studies with Disabilities”
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou Amy Clark is a doctoral student at Bridges Graduate School studying Cognitive Diversity in Education with a focus on Innovative Leadership. She has a Certificate in Twice-Exceptional Education, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and a Master ofContinue reading “Amy Clark, SENG SMPG Facilitator”
Join me at the 2022 National Summit for Educational Equity Conference organized by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). The theme is “Pathways to an Equitable Workforce”.
Join us, twice-exceptional advocates from The O’Kelley Lab: Harri James, Jordan O’Kelley, and I to dialogue the importance of mentors from different perspectives at Cal State LA, on April 21st 2022, at 330 pm.
Our guest today is Jordan O’Kelley, author, inclusivity, and strength-based mentor teen advocate, part of The O’Kelley Lab, and an aspiring astrophysicist who entered college at 14 years old. “Be passionate about your education! It is up to YOU!” ~ Jordan O’Kelley
Jordan O’Kelley is a teen advocate for inclusivity and strength-based mentorship approaches. We asked Jordan to share with our readers, his 2021 NASA N3 Neurodiversity Network program experience. In the words of Jordan: “The NASA N3 program is a Summer internship program created by Physics professor and STEM educator Dr. Lynn Cominsky at Sonoma StateContinue reading “NASA N3 Internship from the voice of Jordan O’Kelley”
Welcome to another episode of “Voices – We Know You For That”. Our guest is Liana Yarckin, a watercolor fine artist and youth art mentor located in Dallas, TX. Please visit her website, Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.
We are pleased to share our hour-long presentation: ” Differentiation Squared: Strategies for Struggling Gifted Students.” Published in TEMPO+, an on-demand publication by Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT). TAGT has generously offered a 2-weeks free subscription to our readers. Sign up at https://tempo.txgifted.org/trial-registration/, then read our article here: https://tempo.txgifted.org/differentiation-squared-strategies-for-struggling-gifted-students/ We are available forContinue reading “Differentiation Squared – Publication in Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented”
Participated in a great invited panel on “Diversity in Gifted Education Research” this afternoon. This session was hosted by Dr. Dina Brulles with five different focus areas in gifted education research presented by five presenters including Dr. Terry Friedrichs, Dr. Ann Robinson, Dr. Gilman Whiting, Dr. Dina Bruilles, and myself. I presented a segment onContinue reading “2022 Annual Gifted Education Policy Symposium & Conference”
Lim, L. (2021). Understanding Twice-exceptionality (2e): A Multi-systems Perspective. International Journal of Childhood Education, 2(1), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.33422/ijce.v2i1.34
WHO Harri James O’Kelley is an actress, a script supervisor, a storyteller, and a writer-director. She has written and directed a feature film, four award-winning shorts, and now her first documentary, “O’Kelley Legends: 2e Behind the Scenes.” Out of her passion for gifted and special needs education, Harri has also created The O’Kelley Lab with herContinue reading “Quark Collaboration Advisory Panel: Harri James O’Kelley, California”
WHO Magalie A. Pinney is a Financial Services professional from the USA who is certified in the field of gifted and talented education by the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education. She received a Communication baccalaureate, cum laude, and is pursuing a Masters’ degree. She is an advocate, chairperson, and board member for MassachusettsContinue reading “Quark Collaboration Advisory Panel: Magalie A. Pinney, Massachusetts”
Who Joi Lin is a PhD student of curriculum and instruction, specializing in gifted education leadership at the Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. She currently works as a graduate research assistant and as Director of Professional Education at the Gifted Development Center. She chairs the Education and Gifted Youth Committee at the MensaContinue reading “Quark Collaboration Advisory Panel: Joi Lin, Colorado”
Quark is grateful to be a part of this wonderful interactive session with parents, educators, and supporters of gifted education on a Presidents’ Day weekend.
Baylor GT Parent Conference has just concluded last Saturday. Grateful for the opportunity and patience while navigating virtual presentation technology whilst traveling. A great internet connection is not to be taken for granted. Thankful to my QuarkCollaboration team member Cherin Escher for being a great spot and double-checking to make sure our presentation goes smoothly.
Join me for 2 Parents & Educators Sessions at the William & Mary Twice-exceptional Annual Conference, February 25-26, 2022. I love that affordable parent conference rates are available. Hope you can join live or watch the recordings at a later date. I will be presenting the following sessions: “Differentiation squared: Moving towards holistic embodied educationContinue reading “W&M 2e Annual Conference 2022”
Looking forward to presenting these two sessions at the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) 48th Annual Conference, Feb 10-11, 2022.
Join me at the virtual Gift-a-Palooza 2022 conference…
Variations 2e Magazine Winter 2022 Volume 7, 44-52 This guiding framework was the synthesis and intergration of interdisplicinary ideas, concepts, and approaches that resonant with me in this moment in time. Here are 2 preview pages to share with readers. The full article is available through 2enews.com. Here are some upcoming 2022 conferences where youContinue reading “N.E.S.T.! Learner-Teacher Conceptual Guiding Framework”
Madeline Chun is a High School Junior from Texas. She is the Co-founder of KAYAT, and our guest on the Voices: “We Know You For That” Podcast.
Key points of interest What does brain development involve? Brain network formation is reflective of a person’s experiences over time, through the reorganization, pruning, and generation of neural connections. Brain development is dependent on interactions between evolutionary paths determined by biology, genes, age, environment, and past experiences. Can brain science be translated directly into educationalContinue reading “The brain basis for integrated social, emotional, and academic development: How emotions and social relationships drive learning. Immordino-Yang & Chrone (2018)”
Dual differentiation is a key educational pedagogical approach for all committed to the success of twice-exceptional (2e) learners (Baum et al., 2001). Has this approach become more widespread since 2001? One way to investigate this question is to utilize big data visualization techniques such as the Google Books Ngram Viewer (Google Ngram). is a searchContinue reading “Data Visualization: An Excercise in Perspective”
“Access to Gifted Programming for 2e Students” was chosen as the article that generated the most interest in the month of Feburary.
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost, 1915) Rashmii Mahendra, MBA, has had an amazing journey that spans across three continents. She completed her degree in Social Sciences from a Russell GroupContinue reading “SENG SMPG Facilitator: Rashmii Mahendra, MBA”
After a year of collaboration with uncountable hours of joy, tears, and personal fulfillment working with a group of dedicated volunteers of multicultural women dedicated to bettering the lives of complex outliers, happy to announce that the Quark Collaboration Website is finally up in time to celebrate 2022. Looking forward to furthering interdiscplinary translational dialogContinue reading “Quark Collaboration”
Join me during the following conference sessions in February 2022: “NEST! guiding framework: Visualizing 2e learner-teacher success.” “Differentiation Squared: Moving towards holistic embodied education of 2e learners.”
Looking forward to engaging during this virtual conference.
YSA Enrolled-Parent-Only Family Discussion Supporting twice-exceptional: Thurs, Dec 9 @ 11 AM PT/ 2 PM ET, 2021 Looking forward to the upcoming live session with Young Scholars Academy families.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, reflection, and gratitude. This year takes on important significance as we look back at the past, full of unplanned adjustments and experiences. It is easy to focus on what we have lost – we already know that was before. It is much harder to look through the eyes ofContinue reading “Thanksgiving 2021”
Wonderful quarterly SMPG facilitator support group hosted together with Joan Larson (SMPG trainer) and Caroline Lubbe (SENG board member). We had facilitators across the US and Europe join us to share experiences, resources and to find better ways to support parents we serve.
Thankful to the new opportunities for sharing ideas with colleagues around the world. The Nov 7th, 3am Pacific Standard Time keynote was certainly a challenging yet exhilarating. I am grateful to the questions, excitement and interest generated from this presentation. Technology advancements allowed for this particular opportunity to occur. Looking back to my primary andContinue reading “When technology increases opportunities”
Looking forward to keynote at ARETL: ” Guiding framework to education children with high potential and disabilities: Integrating brain targeted teaching and strength-based pedagogy.”
Embed from Getty Images Attended the 12th Annual Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles held Oct 21-31st this past weekend to support The O’Kelley Lab documentary: ” O’ Kelley Legends: 2e behind the Scenes”. On behalf of the SENG board of directors, Caroline Lubbe and I attended the event to support the O’Kelley Family andContinue reading “12th Annual Awareness Film Fest”
Parent advocacy is a critical component in building positive and strong collaborative relationships in our public schools for gifted students. Join board members from the Gifted Education Family Network at the upcoming SENGinar, Oct 19, 2021, 7:30-9pm EST. Can’t make it? register to access the recording.
Looking forward to the release of my conversation with Young Scholars Academy on thinking framing around neurodiversity, parenting and education.
Where the Wheels Hit the Road: Reflections on Strength-based Parenting Read my article in the September 2021 SENGvine Newsletter.
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to “To empower every gifted family to make strategic, proactive, and intentional educational choices.” Please join me for a conversation!You are invited to a Zoom webinar. (Link leads to the event in the GHF Forum)When: September 10, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Topic: Cultivating AwarenessContinue reading “GHF Expert Series Parent Chat: Sept 10, 2021”
It was such a pleasure to speak with my colleague and friend, Dr. Nicole Tetreault on parenting, education and being neuro diverse. Please read this post completed for Gifted Education Family Network.
Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education (BGS) will always hold a special place in my heart, being their FIRST alumni in 2020. Being a part of an organization/system from the start is a different experience and journey than being part of an organization/system that is already established. People vary in their preferences andContinue reading “Learning, Development, Multi-systems”
Honored to participate in the recently concluded inaugural Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) conference which was held June 4 -6, 2021. It was such a pleasure to listen and interact with the different panelists involved in this moderated session led by Dr. Sarah Mendonca. GHF’s stated mission is to “empower every gifted family to make strategic,Continue reading “Considering Curriculum: Finding What Works”
Looking forward to presenting in a virtual session: “Fostering 2e student success through a Brain-Targeted Teaching Framework“ Stay Tuned …
International SENG Facilitator Virtual Support Focus Group, May 26th 2021. Our first #SENGFamChat was a success! Facilitators across the US and globe (UK, S. Africa, Germany, Spain, France, Serbia, Italy, Netherlands, Croatia) participated, or stopped by to say hello during our 90min long focus group. Many areas of common need and support were voiced directContinue reading “#SENGFamChat”
Conversations with Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented May 18th, 2021 As research, clinical and practical knowledge of neurodiverse gifted children increases, what do we know about gifted outliers such as twice-exceptional and highly or profoundly gifted? How do we tie all these into a cohesive guiding framework to foster nuanced understanding and collaborative solutionsContinue reading “Collaborative Nurturance of Gifted Outliers Through Strong Educator-Parent-Practitioner Relationships”
Refreshing to be part of the roundtable discussion in celebration of 2021 International Women’s Day that also include male colleague perspectives. Our conversations were richer as a result of the wide range of participants during our round table session. Dallas Round Table participants included:
Looking forward to the upcoming live Facebook session hosted by Mark Hess, President Elect of Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented, May 18, 2021. 5pm MDT/ 4pm PDT. Title: Collaborative Nurturance of Gifted Outliers Through Strong Educator-Parent-Practitioner Relationships. As research, clinical and practical knowledge of neurodiverse gifted children increases, what do we know about giftedContinue reading “Conversations with CAGT 5.18.21”
This year, teacher appreciation week feels the most different and significant to me as I reflect back on my thoughts and feelings regarding teachers.
The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network began in 2006 through a common interest in interdisciplinary approaches with the aim of forging linkages across disciplines, cultures and countries. This year, the conference will be held in Oxford, UK. Another year of adaptation and hybridization in an effort to continue intellectual discourse with international colleagues. I am lookingContinue reading “16th International Conference: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Oxford, UK.”
COVID adaptations to Conference Presentations and Attendances Presenting a paper on: Understanding Twice-exceptionality (2e): A Multi-systems Perspective. Wishing to be able to present and attend in person this year in historically and culturally rich Paris, France. Looking forward to attending in person in the future. Looking forward to rich conversations with international attendees, colleagues andContinue reading “May 2021- Virtually Paris”
My recent Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted Webinar (SENGinar) is now available on through the SENG speaker series Vimeo. Many twice exceptional children’s needs in the sensorimotor, social, and emotional areas are not met in schools or within the family, causing few brain resources to attend to cognitive processing demands placed on them. InContinue reading “Mission (Im)Possible: Transform 2e and Neuroscience knowledge into Action”
Excited to attend the second Annual GT parent conference organized by Baylor University April 17th 2021. Over a year has passed since the inaugural Annual GT Parent Conference in February 2020, which I was honored to present with several fellow board and members of the Gifted Education Family Network in a panel discussion session. TheContinue reading “Baylor Annual GT Parent Conference April 2021”
April Newsletter is out! Contents this month: This weekend – join us at the Baylor GT Parent Conference! Virtual Cardboard Challenge – registration still open! Focus on Parents and Community: Erasing the Color Line in Texas Gifted Education Alert: Texas Legislature appears hesitant to release federal relief funds to schools NEW: Twice-Exceptional (2e) opportunity toContinue reading “Gifted Education Family Network April 2021 Newsletter”
Looking forward to a May 2021 hands-on deep-dive workshop on Twice Exceptionality with the Denver Mensa community. Program description.
Ben Koch, M. Ed., Co-founder of Numinds Enrichment, and I had an opportunity to get together to converse about my journey that led to the intersection between education, parenting and research domains.
Thank you Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted (TPPG) for hosting our presentation and engaging in a rich conversation.
“Ex Malo Bonum” – Latin saying – From the bad comes the good. Danna is a former consumer products entrepreneur and quantitative analyst who has found a passion for gifted and twice exceptional education. She is the founder of www.twicegifted.org, a website that lists resources for those seeking information for gifted and twice-exceptional learners. Danna isContinue reading “SENG SMPG Facilitator: Danna Drewett, M.A.”
Lim, L., & Malley-Morrison, K. (1999). Normality, Justifiability andAbusiveness in Physical and Psychological Behaviours. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 9:2, 52-67, DOI: 10.1080/21650993.1999.9756115 Blast from the Past An email in my inbox prompted this search for my 1999 publication in the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. It has beenContinue reading “Normality, Justifiability and Abusiveness in Physical and Psychological Behaviors”
It is often difficult to directly apply research into application or policy in real life. It is the issue of scaling from one level of analysis into another. The more levels of analysis to scale through, the applications becomes more challenging due to the dynamic and multi-directional interactions between the self and our environment. HenceContinue reading “2e Research Translation into Action: educator perceptual biases, socio-economic factors and parental attitudes.”
“Open Our Hearts to Inspiration” came out in May 2021 and can be found through the Windows to the Heart: Parents and Parenting section of the SENG Resource Page.
Join me for an interactive Virtual Hands-on SENGinar Workshop!
Center for BrainHealth presentation, February 9, 2021. Takeaways in no particular order. Social Determinants of health is important. Most devastating health impact is the feeling of powerless. Total Minimization Framework: Minimize total harm through vertical interdiction, predicated on hierarchical responsibility (what can you do for your country and what can your country do for you),Continue reading “The Acute Case for Chronic Health: Vital Lessons to Weather Duress. Dr. David Katz”
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Presentation: Dr Kanaka Rajan, Feb 9th, 2021. Takeaways Dr Rajan described computational models to “reverse engineer” how our brain works, which include building single region to multi-regions Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs), multi-region RNNs that capture within and inter-area interactions, last but not least, her team is constraining the multi-region RNNsContinue reading “How Brain Circuits Function in Health and Disease: Understanding Brain-wide Current Flow.”
Baker, D. P., Salinas, D., & Eslinger, P. J. (2012). An envisioned bridge: Schooling as a neurocognitive developmental institution. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(S1), S6-S17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2011.12.001 Summary Baker et. al. (2012) synthesized literature from two groups in the social science discipline and proposed that the integration of such research provides more valid contexts for bridging education andContinue reading “Bridging Neuroscience and Education.”
Reflections February is Black History Month, and I was reminded of the Gifted Education Family Network Blog that recently featured an interview with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis on “challenges advocates must address in order to achieve equity and excellence in gifted education.“ Reading the interview again, the importance of being able to identify contextual factorsContinue reading “Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education”
Review of Educational Research, 89(3), 459-496. doi:10.3102/0034654319843494 This article is a meta-analysis on data selected from 131 previous studies. The meta-analysis investigated 478 effect sizes. The researchers aim to investigate which prevalent theories of math anxiety and performance have empirical support. The theories included in this meta-analysis include: Bidirectional Theory (temporal relations), Cognitive Interference TheoryContinue reading “Namkung, J. M., Peng, P., & Lin, X. (2019). The relation between mathematics anxiety and mathematics performance among school-aged students: A meta-analysis.”
Developmental Psychology, 54(11), 2126-2138. doi:10.1037/dev0000605 This article is an empirical research conducted by the authors on 394 elementary school children , in order to investigate the relationship between domain-specific anxiety, math and spatial performance. Article Summary Lauer, Esposito and Bauer (2018) seek to investigate five main areas through their study: Relationships between verbal, math and spatialContinue reading “Lauer, J. E., Esposito, A. G., & Bauer, P. J. (2018). Domain-specific anxiety relates to children’s math and spatial performance.”
Math anxiety: Can teachers help students reduce it? Ask the cognitive scientist. Beilock, S. & Willingham, D. (2014). American Educator, 38(2), 28. This article is an explanatory piece focused on providing teachers with current interdisciplinary research findings on math anxiety and math performance that can be translated into classroom strategies. Article Summary Beilock and WillinghamContinue reading “Math anxiety: Can teachers help students reduce it?”
This free full grade acceleration resource is published by Gifted Education Family Network (Texas non-profit) and Gifted Unlimited summer 2020. This resource first addresses several myths and concerns, followed by a section on parental considerations to evaluate acceleration options and fit. It concludes with a section on current Texas legislation governing academic acceleration, which parentsContinue reading “Full Grade Acceleration Resources for Parents”
Chapter 10 -The Future of Neurodiversity As I read through this book, in addition to watching a few of Thomas Armstrong’s youtube videos such as “ 17 Reasons Why I Believe ADHD is Not a Legitimate Medical Disorder” (Armstrong, sept 2019), and ‘Channeling the Creative Energies of ADHD-Diagnosed Kids” (Armstrong, April 2018), the constant themeContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 10 – Thomas Armstrong”
Chapter 9 – Neurodiversity in the Classroom In this chapter, Armstrong (2011) suggests eight ways a classroom can be considered neurodiverse friendly. I chose two that resonated with me most to share with readers: his seventh and eighth suggestions. Armstrong’s (2011) seventh suggestion for a neurodiverse classroom includes fostering human relationships which will in turnContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 9 – Thomas Armstrong”
Chapter 8 – Thinking in a Different Key The most striking insight I had was that the individual’s experiences of schizophrenia has not been taken into context in the current medicalization of schizophrenia. Some hallucinations are experienced positively, mood enhancing, create enhancing, but these are not taken into consideration, the medical goal is to eliminate theContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 8 – Thomas Armstrong”
Awakening the Genius in Every Child: discovering and reviving the natural motivation that exists in all children at birth. Thomas Armstrong (2013). Reflections Thomas Armstrong (2013) talked about his definition that all children are “Genius” in the youtube embedded in this post. What does he mean? He meant “genius” in the sense that we are allContinue reading “Awakening the Genius in Every Child: discovering and reviving the natural motivation that exists in all children at birth. – Thomas Armstrong (2013)”
Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46(4), 304. doi:10.1177/0022219411421810 Reading this journal article, I was struck by the lack of empirical studies on gifted with learning disability (G/LD) population in the research literature and the wide variabilities in inclusion criteria for different studies. There was only about 5% of written G/LD articles that report empirical data. IContinue reading “Lovett, B. J., & Sparks, R. L. (2013). The identification and performance of gifted students with learning disability diagnoses: A quantitative synthesis.”
Chapter 7: The Rainbow of Intelligences. One thing that struck me the most as I read this chapter, was that over time, an instrument can be used so differently from the original intention of the creator. In this case, the IQ test. Henry Goddard, had a totally different working idea of intelligence (IQ representing aContinue reading “The Power of Neurodiversity: Chapter 7 – Thomas Armstrong”
J Autism Dev Disord 45, 1354–1367 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-014-2296-2 Article Summary The authors conducted two studies in order to investigate the following three research questions. First, what is the prevalence of outstanding abilities, as measured by special isolated skills (SIS) and perceptual peaks (PP), in Autistics. Second, any predisposing factors for each type of outstanding abilities. Third, anyContinue reading “Prevalence of Clinically and Empirically Defined Talents and Strengths in Autism. By Meilleur, A., Jelenie, P., & Mottron, L. (2015)”
Takeaways and Reflections: On Being with Krista Tippett podcast interview with Richard Davidson. Love and kindness is not something we hear together in the context of education. Empathy, which Davison believes is the prerequisite for kindness and compassion, starts with embodying the emotions the other person is experiencing, and is part of self awareness. Davidson statedContinue reading “A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning – Richard Davidson”
Assouline, S. Foley Nicpon, M., & Whiteman, C. (2010). Cognitive and psychosocial characteristics of gifted students with written language disability. Gifted Child Quarterly, 54(2), 102-115. Reflections I found the large percentage of students served under IDEA (individuals with disabilities education act) in 2001 to be interesting. From Table 1 below, students with specific learning disabilitiesContinue reading “Cognitive and psychosocial characteristics of gifted students with written language disability.”
2007 Indian Hindi-language movie explores the life and imagination of an 8-year-old dyslexic boy named Ishaan. It is available on Amazon Prime Video with English subtitles. Reflections Ishaan is the younger of two boys in an Indian household. Ishaan’s sense of wonder, joy, aesthetic enjoyment and attention to the world around him was in sharpContinue reading “Taare Zameem Par (Like Stars on Earth) – Movie”