2e Resources Partner Directory
Once you’ve met one 2e person, you’ve met one 2e person! But there is ONE THING every 2e person has in common; they need resources for their strengths and their struggles.
Resources found on this page address needs of 2e families, educators, clinicians and 2e adults. Feel free to browse through our 2e Partner listing and learn about their services, products and programs. Links and emails are provided for your convenience in order to send questions directly to the source.
With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC provides comprehensive consultation, education and advocacy training for PARENTS of twice exceptional (gifted with learning differences) children, EDUCATORS, CLINICIANS and 2e adults. Julie Skolnick, Founder, utilizes a unique process for parents to gain a deeper understanding of their twice exceptional children's strengths and struggles. She guides parents in learning about their own parenting patterns and family dynamics and teaches strategies to shift from REACTING to RESPONDING to their children. Julie serves as "quarterback" for parents to learn how to increase happiness and calm in the home, how to more effectively communicate and collaborate with school, extended family and others to bring out the best and raise self-confidence in their 2e children. For EDUCATORS, Julie provides training on what it means to be twice exceptional and best practices in the classroom for engagement, addressing underachievement and challenging behaviors, and creating connections. Julie mentors TWICE EXCEPTIONAL ADULTS, helping them understand lifelong challenges and helping them identify strengths and passions in order to find fulfillment personally and professionally. CLINICIANS look to Julie to help them understand complex client profiles and assist in communication with parents.
Matthew Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinical psychologist who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his neurodiverse clients. He specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as their families, in providing therapy and conducting psychological evaluations. He is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor at the university level, and a researcher and author on his specialty, Giftedness. Dr. Zakreski is a member of Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC). He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) Board of Directors. He has given professional talks, trainings, and keynote addresses at these organizations and others. Dr. Zakreski is the founder and lead clinician at The Neurodiversity Collective, where he provides therapy, coaching, training, and psychological assessment.
Minneapolis, MN 55427
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