Essential Strategies for Twice Exceptional Students

Bonus Talk 1: Putting the Right Supports in Place for Bright Kids with Autism

Dr. Barry Prizant addresses common myths about the experience of people with Autism, and sheds light on what children on the Spectrum are communicating through their behaviors. He shares specific strategies for both preventing and responding to difficult behaviors with confidence.

He helps parents cultivate a deeper, more connected relationship with their 2e child by answering questions like:

  • What is my child communicating through their behavior?
  • How can I help them anticipate overwhelm, and self-regulate?
  • What are the best strategies for creating a predictable environment within the reality of our fast paced life?
  • How do I address the social challenges my child faces?
  • How do we regulate video games and screen time?

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Bonus Talk 2: A Revolutionary Science-Based Lens for Understanding Bright & Quirky Kids

Stephen Porges, PhD

With a fascinating blend of personal experience grounded in the science of polyvagal theory, Dr. Stephen Porges explains how our kids want to do the right thing, but their bodies are often in states that do not support that. This results in behavior that gets labeled "bad" or "uncooperative." In this powerful talk you will learn how physiological and behavioral states are linked, why timeouts and isolation have the opposite effect on self-regulation, and how to be a calming presence in your child's life. Dr. Porges discusses his Safe and Sound Protocol that helps retune accoustical pathways in the brain to be able to process and appreciate cues of safety, providing the necessary platform for learning and social engagement. Dr. Porges drills down simply and beautifully to what matters most in supporting our children, and you especially won't want to miss this talk if your child has anxiety, gut issues, auditory sensitivities, a history of chronic ear infections, or food selectivity issues.

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Bonus Talk 3: Normal Sucks

Jonathan Mooney

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Bonus Talk 4: Dan Siegel, MD

Dan Siegel, MD

A Different Approach to 2e: School, Peers, Medication, and More

Dr. Dan Siegel shares a profound and fascinating approach to helping all 2e children, and especially those exhibiting symptoms of depression. Grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Dr. Siegel shares concepts and strategies that impact a child's relational world, with both parents and peers, that have a significant effect on well-being through neurotransmitter functioning. Dr. Siegel discusses:

  • The imperative of doing the "inside work" of parenting, including understanding your own expectations and childhood experiences, so you can be fully present and responsive to your child's needs
  • How the boredom and disconnection many 2e students experience can promote depressive symptoms
  • The significance of a child's sense of "belonging" with environments and like-minded humans, and how a parent can promote this (including evaluating current learning environments)
  • To medicate or not? Dr. Siegel shares a few ideas on what to consider first before medicating your child's symptoms of depression.

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