Neurodiversity-Affirming Learning for Twice-Exceptional Students
Twice-exceptional (2e) learners are both gifted and have another diagnosis (like autism, ADHD, learning disability, anxiety, and more). They need support for both their advanced cognitive abilities and areas of struggle. Drawing from experiences as a gifted education teacher and clinical mental health counselor, Emily Kircher-Morris will synthesize what we know about twice-exceptional learners to help participants develop an awareness of how they can best help twice-exceptional kids and teens find success academically, socially, and emotionally.
About the presenter: Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, inspired by her own experiences as a neurodivergent person, is dedicated to destigmatizing neurodiversity and supporting neurodivergent people of all ages. She started her career as an educator and worked as a gifted education teacher and school counselor. She is now in private practice near St. Louis, Missouri as a licensed professional counselor, where she specializes in supporting gifted, twice-exceptional, and neurodivergent kids and adults (and their families).
Emily is the author of two books related to the development of children and teens who are neurodivergent and cognitively gifted. “Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today's Classroom" (Free Spirit Publishing, 2021) focuses on supporting 2e learners in the educational setting, and the forthcoming "Raising Twice-Exceptional Children: A Handbook for Parents of Neurodivergent Gifted Kids" (Routledge, 2022) is a guide for parents navigating the world of twice-exceptionality.
Emily hosts The Neurodiversity Podcast, which explores the psychological, educational, and social needs for enriching the lives of neurodivergent people. She speaks at statewide, national, and international conferences and frequently provides virtual and in-person professional development to educators, mental health clinicians, and parents worldwide.