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Below are articles written by Julie in various professional publications!

Gifted Does Not (only) Mean Smart

Gifted Does Not (only) Mean Smart

This article originally appeared in the NAGC blog. You can view it HERE. What does gifted mean?  The usual answer includes smart, bright, potential, and ability. But really, that only captures a shred of the internal experience of being gifted. Assumptions are made...

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Giftedness and ADHD: A Strengths-based Perspective and Approach

Giftedness and ADHD: A Strengths-based Perspective and Approach

ADHD AND GIFTEDNESS are sometimes described as having the same or similar characteristics. However, one diagnosis is considered a disability and one, a gift. Neither assumption is ideal in supporting the child identified with either ADHD, giftedness, or both, often referred to as twice exceptional or 2e. (Twice exceptional or 2e refers to a diagnosis of gifted with a learning disability or learning difference as the second exceptionality; in this article, 2e refers to ADHD as the second exceptionality).
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Three Steps Toward Classroom Success For Twice Exceptional Learners

Three Steps Toward Classroom Success For Twice Exceptional Learners

This article was originally published in the Ohio ASCA Journal. "Gifted & Distractible" is a term I use - casting the net widely to capture students who are both gifted and have a learning difference or disability. Commonly referred to as "Twice Exceptional," "2e," or "GT/LD," these people (not just students or children since we never outgrow our ‘2e-ness’) have incredible strengths and potential but are often misunderstood, inappropriately disciplined, and taught incorrectly.
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Road Map for a Successful Parent/Educator Relationship

Looking Beyond Behavior

Joey is a highly gifted boy identified with ADHD. Speaking impulsively in class one day, Joey unintentionally insulted his teacher, a teacher he was very fond of. Up to this point, they’d had a wonderful relationship, but bored Joey blurted out...
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