My son is twice exceptional. My daughter might be too but it’s too early to tell.

If you’ve never heard that term, don’t worry, I haven’t either until just a couple of years ago.

The twice exceptional (sometimes also written as 2e) are those who are exceptional in two ways — they are both gifted and have a disability. Twice exceptionality also means triple exclusion – from the “regular” crowd for obvious reasons, from the “gifted” crowd, because of the disability, and from the “disabled” crowd, for being gifted.

This blog is not about my children and their life, although I mention them from time to time. (those posts are categorized as “Personal Information“)

Rather, I see this blog as a record of my journey through two separate, and sometimes quite different, worlds of giftedness and special education, and as a compilation of materials, information, and news I found useful or interesting during my explorations. The “categories” section shows at a glance what topics I’m interested in the most — I am concentrating especially on those issues that we are dealing with — on one hand high academic abilities and (lack of appropriate) academic curriculum and instruction and on the other the neuro-a-typical issues like autism, ADHD, sensory integration disorder, speech delay, and special education.

Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor, a lawyer, or an educator by profession or training. I’m just a parent who is trying her best to learn as much as possible to help her kids and to navigate the system more effectively.

As you may guess from posts in the “Personal Information” category, I am married, have two children, and live in Massachusetts, USA. If you want to get in touch, please leave a comment, and I’ll get back to you promptly.

If you noticed something odd about my grammar and the style of writing — yup, English is not my native language.

Interestingly, being a foreigner I feel a bit like having mild autism (not knowing the social rules of the land), a learning disability (English grammar and spelling are NOT logical, I tell you, and I’m afraid I’ll never get the hang of definite and indefinite articles), auditory processing disorder (I have to keep asking people to repeat what they said, because my brain didn’t catch the beginning of the sentence), and speech impediment (having to repeat myself too, because others didn’t understand what I’m saying). Please remember that next time you talk to someone who is not a native English speaker.

I hope you’ll find some useful info here… In any case, you are more than welcome to leave comments.

Thanks for visiting. And I hope you’ll come again.

The design (theme) for the site is a continuous work in progress. I work on it as I have the time, but I do have a full-time job and as much as I love surfing the Net, reading, writing, and tinkering with XHTML and CSS (I don’t know Javascript or PHP yet), and prefer that to other activities, there always seems to be a pile of laundry to be done, kitchen to be cleaned, bills to be paid, etc. so it’s a slow going. Plus my daughter somehow seems to sense when I’m just about to finish a post and hit the “publish” button and wakes up crying for me. And then that’s the end of blogging for the evening…