A few helpful resources…

A few helpful resources…

This page was set up to capture in one place some of the resources that were mentioned during the parent panel on twice exceptional children. These are personal recommendations, and this list is by no means exhaustive. I would need all week to copy all of my favorite links!

(* = primary autism related)

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

GLD/2e Overviews (to share with teachers, family members, etc.)

“Gifted With Learning Disability,” by Carol Barnes in TableAus, the Magazine of Australian Mensa (Winter 2015). At the end of this excellent article, there are very helpful links to disability adjustments for GLD students. Carol has also written a fabulous overview called “Gifted With Learning Disability: A Neurodevelopmental Paradox.” To access a copy of these pieces, please seek Carol’s permission at carol@bartink.com.au.

“Gifted & Learning Disabled: Understanding the Twice Exceptional Learner,” lesson created by Karen Goepen-Wee using Ted Ed.

The 2e Newsletter. You can subscribe for a free periodic summary, or you can subscribe to the bi-monthly full newsletter. They also have some wonderful stand alone pieces (e.g. gifted + ADHD, gifted + autism, etc.) that can be shared with teachers et al.

School Tips & Advocacy

Understood is a wonderful site filled with information, advice from experts, and advocacy tips related to learning and attention disorders. The site also has a robust offering of closed discussion groups that can be found here. 

* The Autism Discussion Page is a Facebook page/community run by Bill Nason, a behavioral specialist who has devoted his career to helping autistic kids feel “safe, accepted and competent.” His very popular insights and tips on Facebook have recently been turned into a 2-book set by the same name (details here and here).  Below is a wonderful recent recommendation: summarizing a child’s profile (for teachers, therapists, etc.) based on the child’s strengths, interests and preferences. Could be used for and beyond autistic profiles. Template here.

Family Advocacy (based in Epping, NSW) works with families across NSW to promote and protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities. They have a terrific, free hotline (1 800 620 588) that parents can use to understand their child’s rights at school (and other arenas).

* From world renowned psychologist Tony Attwood, “Should Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders Be Exempted From Doing Homework?” A thoughtful piece to share with teachers if your child is really struggling with homework.

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

GLD Australia:  The group is open to anyone in Australia who is interested in GLD issues and advancing the rights of those students. It’s a fabulous place for advocacy tips, sharing resources, and problem solving. Details on the group and how to join can be found here.

Davidson Institute Gifted Forums draw from an international audience. They have a range of forums, including one for 2e/GLD profiles.

On Facebook: Some groups that I’ve found particularly valuable (not 2e specific but do include many members with 2e children as well as parents who are 2e/neurodivergent themselves):

The Sisterhood of the Autistic Girl:  For parents/carers/allies of girls on the spectrum or those suspected of being. Not 2e-oriented per se, but many members have twice exceptional daughters and/or are neurodivergent themselves.

The Brotherhood of the Autistic Boy:  For parents/carers/allies of boys on the spectrum or those suspected of being. Not 2e-oriented per se, but many members have twice exceptional sons and/or are neurodivergent themselves.

SOCIAL & MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES

The I CAN Network:  Australia’s first social enterprise created by people on the autism spectrum for young people on the spectrum, to focus on what autistic people can do rather than their deficits. The I CAN Network runs formal mentoring programs in schools, universities, and TAFEs, offers teen camps, and other social opportunities. For a beautiful and empowering look at their network, please check out the campaign they ran during April’s Autism Acceptance Month, “Humans On The Autism Spectrum.”

Yellow Ladybugs: Social opportunities for girls and pre-teens on the spectrum. Started by the autistic mums of two autistic girls. Primarily Melbourne & Victoria-based but is expanding into Sydney.

Girls’ Programming Network : Free workshops run quarterly by IT students at Sydney University to encourage the next generation of female IT talent; for girls in Year 5 through Year 12. Not 2e-oriented per se, but it offers a wonderful opportunity for tech-minded girls to connect with others who share the same interests.

Scratch:  A free programming language and online community where kids can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations. Run by MIT and well moderated to keep the space safe for children.

A FEW BOOKS, BLOGS & PRESENTATIONS WE LOVE IN OUR HOUSE

How To Be Human: Diary Of An Autistic Girl(my pre-teen’s favorite) by a 16-year-old autistic girl under the pen name of Florida Frenz

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and The Future of Neurodiversity, Steve Silberman’s meticulously researched, award winning, best selling masterpiece that is changing the global dialogue about autism. A must read! If you don’t have time to read this masterful work right now, check out Steve’s TED presentation, “The Forgotten History of Autism” that covers the key themes of his book.

* The Thinking Person’s Guide To Autism, pro-evidence based, pro-neurodiversity web site very active Facebook page, and book by the same name. Includes perspectives from autistic people, parents, professionals. Their mission statement has a great summary of how to detect pseudoscience offerings and their resource page has some terrific listings of blogs, books, movies, and online resources.

The Real Experts, edited by Michelle Sutton. Readings for parents of autistic children by autistic adults (several of whom are twice exceptional).

* Chris Varney, Chief Enabling Officer and co-founder of The I CAN Network at TEDx Melbourne, explaining “How My Unstoppable Mother Proved Experts Wrong.”

* Twice exceptional science student and now motivational student Alix Generous at TEDx Albuquerque  “Complex Problems Require Unique Minds.”  Her web site can be found here. 

* Sixteen year old Rosie King at TED, sharing “How Autism Freed Me To Be Myself.”

RESOURCES TO HELP SUPPORT DISCLOSURE

For parents:

* From the awesome pro-acceptance blog/Facebook page Diary of a Mom, here’s Jess Wilson’s thoughtful piece, “Disclosure.”

* From Chavisory’s Notebook, a piece that has come up again and again in various groups I belong to: “You Should Tell Your Kids That They’re Autistic.” It’s a really good brief piece about why it’s so important for kids to know more about themselves, written by an autistic adult.

Similar views, with some more practical tips on HOW to explain an autism diagnosis to your child.

– World renowned psychologist Tony Attwood, ”
“Should You Explain The Diagnosis To Your Child?”

* Stephen Shore, an autistic adult & educator, offers guidance to parents in this video, “Should You Tell Your Child About His/Her Autism Diagnosis?”  More of Stephen’s work can be found here, at AutismAsperger.net.

For kids (autistic and neurotypical) who want to learn more:

* From the web site, “Teach Me About Autism,” co-written by sisters Creigh (neurotypical) and Carley (autistic). Covers different age groups.

From an autistic woman named Amethyst Schaber, who has a fabulous video series called “Ask An Autistic,” here is a great overview called “What Is Autism?” (great for adults, too). This video is fabulous — and probably best for slightly older kids & teens, and adults.

* For very young kids, “Professor Puppet: Autism Explained For Kids:” (2 minute video)

These are just a sample of the many resources that have been helpful to our family over the years. Happy to add more if people specify which topic areas would be of most interest.

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