Ask Anything 2e with the Experts

Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 10:00am Pacific Time

Join our world-renowned experts to ask anything about your 2e child, in terms of their social, emotional, academic or behavioral development. Dr. Dan Peters is the executive director and clinical neuropsychologist at the Summit Center. Dr. Susan Baum is the director of the 2e Center at Bridges Academy and 2e educational expert.

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1I would appreciate some discussion on how to support our unmotivated, unhappy high school students during this strange time. In our case our son is socially uncomfortable and will not self-advocate. He will not reach out to his teachers or fellow students.
2Distance learning is very challenging for my 16 years old son. He is on other devices during the class time and most of the tests and homework are either incomplete or not turned in. What are the things that we can add to his 504 plan to help support him during the distance learning? What strategies are practical for the schools and teachers to implement for virtual learning?
3How do we, as parents, therapists, and educators, do a better job of helping others understand our 2e children? As a parent of a 2e child with autism, I have to teach other parents about my child before we get together. They don't understand how intelligence can co-exist with the challenges of autism. They feel they are up against a world of judgment.
4I’ve read, writing is a “social thinking” skill which requires executive functioning skills to organize his thoughts for expression. Using graphic organizer, word walls, fill in the blanks. Other suggestions for me & teachers to help him?
5How do we help a child who has such significant intelligence over excitabilities that he can’t “just be”. He can’t stand to be bored for a second, needing to constantly talk about something very advanced – he’s not stuck on any one topic, just needs mental stimulation constantly. How do I help him rest and feel comfortable with turning off the brain?
6My child is smart and capable but this year he is already struggling with homework and motivation to study. He insisted on taking AP classes and the workload is already stressful. How do you motivate a kid that is capable, but lazy? I’m worried he is going to fail two classes and we are only in week 4 of school. Should we stay out of it and see what happens?
7It would be good to hear a bit more about neuropsychological assessment. What exactly is being assessed and how can it help an individual?
8For a homeschooled elementary aged child who has dysgraphia and does not like writing, how do we know when to accommodate that child and when not to? Sometimes it seems like it might be good to have them “push through” so to speak and do the writing regardless since it is such a foundational skill?
9My 12 year old son often complains that he is tired even when he's gotten enough sleep. When he's anxious or fearful, it seems as if he lets his emotions spiral downward and refuses to use tools like breathing or positive thoughts to break out of this cycle. I'm hoping that he will grow out of this, but what do you suggest in the meantime?
10My 10 year old son has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. He's on Level 6 in Barton. We paused tutoring now that DL started. How long of a break should we give him before starting Barton tutoring again? I don't want to overwhelm him. Yet, the tutoring has been so helpful. He needs a lot of help staying on task/reading/completing assignments. How do I find the balance of helping, without doing things for him?
11Everyone seems to automatically think that it is developmentally vital that kids learn to succumb to adult authority and instructions. My 8-year-old fights both adamantly. Less so when in the green zone, but even then. So far I only have his WISC V to show that he’s 2e, and no other diagnoses. I find it hard to argue that authority and instructions trigger him and that we should find ways around it. Am I right to advocate for this?
12We’re homeschooling for the first time our 3rd grade daughter so that we can be more flexible with her. But I’m struggling to know how flexible to be. When she’s melting down we take breaks but then when we get back to work she melts down again right away and I don’t know how many breaks we should do. At some point don’t we need to get back to learning or am I being too rigid?
13What is your feeling about CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for ADHD? I have a 10 year old 2e daughter who struggles with significant EF challenges and impulse control, both in home and school life. She has been on a low dose of stimulant medication, Vyvanse, and we prefer to use this temporarily while she learns skills/routines she needs. I’ve also heard CBT as an evidence-based approach. How do parents know which is the appropriate therapy?
14For a 13 year old, who has difficulties in task initiation, what type of strategies or motivation will help him to start to do homework? Also help with his own anxiety around missing assignments etc.?
15Any thoughts on moderating impulsive, risky behavior from a HG teen who would fit a PDA profile? Have been prioritizing connection and co-regulation until the thinking brain eventually shows up, but any additional strategies would be welcome.
16I would like tips on what I need to do differently, when a kid's first reaction to a request or reminder is anxiety, over house chores. We are stuck in a circle; she sets a time, procrastinates, dismisses reminders, forgets, and then melts down when time is up. We have visuals, use a lot of reminders, and are flexible about chores being done. It's more about creating the habit than the chores for themselves.
17What would be a good strategy/curriculum to teach math to my 8-year old daughter (HF ASD/ADHD) who doesn't quite grasp a linear single/2-digit addition/subtraction but can mentally calculate big numbers and can do a simultaneous age progression for a number of people. She has an extremely sharp auditory and visual memory and worded math problems make more sense to her.
18When we look at the age equivalents from our son’s WISC-V we notice that the score on the digit span subtest is 6:4 years above the score on the picture span. What should we make of that? What do the subtests tell us about his working memory? Is this anything we need to look into?
19How can I tell if the curriculum is being dumbed down with online learning?
20My 8-year old child with HF ASD/ADHD is also suffering from Anxiety/PTSD which she developed after being exposed to chaotic environment at school for years. The district allowed us to homeschool her while she gets therapies for her Anxiety and PTSD. She has a very sharp memory which makes it difficult for her to forget past experiences. We’ve been doing CBT for 8 months now and meds for two months but are not seeing any progress.
21My child has been advocating very well for himself, but sometimes I need to step in. What would you recommend if I need to provide the school some of the 2e information? What could I give them to give a quick education and not overload them with information?

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