Twice-Exceptional Children: From Struggling to Thriving


The Series - 

With 2e children, the key to supporting them is to always lead with their strengths.

- Adam Laningham


Series description:

Gifted & Struggling - Twice-Exceptional Children has been revamped and republished as Twice-Exceptional Children: From Struggling to Thriving!
Our book series allows for positive collaborations between all stakeholders through a consistent use of conceptual definitions, philosophy, pedagogy, and applications. This allows for a common starting point to understand, communication, and servicing the needs of students holistically through robust fruitful discussions between stakeholders. What happens at home impacts the school and the reverse is true.

Main points of the series

  1. Lead with gifts - your child is gifted first!
  2. A twice-exceptional learner/child is always an interaction between high abilities (yellow) and complex challenges (blue).
  3. NEST! Perspective as a human development guiding framework to nurture sustainable growth and wellbeing across our developmental lifespan.

Review from November 2023:

Laningham, Wilson, and Lim’s Gifted & Struggling – Twice-Exceptional Children Series offers an invaluable addition to the field of twice-exceptionality. Through their collaborative approach, these authors have crafted a resource that empowers parents and educators to engage meaningfully in the journey of 2e children. The series inspires a culture of self-compassion and reflection, fostering a more immersive and affirming 2e community. As we embark on a path toward enhanced understanding and tailored support for these exceptional children, What Our Parents Need to Know and What Our Teachers & Schools Need to Know stand as beacons of insight, inviting us to join hands in nurturing holistic well-being of every 2e child.
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The Authors - 

Adam Laningham, author of Gifted Children & How Trauma Impacts Them, and Thinkology 2.0, has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Adam was recognized as the Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year, he has taught at several schools in multiple grade levels, created and facilitated numerous gifted programs, and also served as a district gifted services manager coordinating programs for over 6000 gifted students.

Adam has served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented, is currently the President Elect of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted), he is a founding member of Callisto (supporting gifted foster youth), and an advisor for CogAT Riverside Insights. As founder and owner of Bright Child AZ, Adam is an international speaker, consultant, and gifted advocate.


Dr. Lin Lim is the Dean of Students and Communications at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education (BGS). She holds a doctorate in psychology from Boston University, an Academic Graduate Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Education (Johns Hopkins University), and an Academic Graduate Certificate in 2e Education (BGS).

Her current interests include interdisciplinary embodied complex dynamic systems thinking and practical applications around positive parenting, education, school-workplace transitions, and human development. She founded Quark Collaboration Institute, a non-profit that focuses on human dignity and wellbeing across the lifespan for all. She serves on the boards of several gifted-related non-profits - Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), National Association for Gifted Children Parent Editorial Content and Advisory Board,  Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF), Gifted Education Family Network, and


Val Wilson holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, along with several certifications and endorsements including gifted learners, elementary education, adult education, reading, English Language Arts, English as a Second Language, and math. Val has been teaching for over three decades, and currently works as a gifted specialist and coach for a Title I School. As a teacher leader on her campus, Val is leading the MTSS process and supporting multiple Professional Leaning Communities. She also continues to teach instructional techniques at the college and professional development level both online and in person. 

In her spare time, Val is the Public Art Commissioner of the City of Youngtown AZ, who recruits and supports local gifted artists.  She is also CEO of Veldazio Rudolpho, her artwork design label and company.


You can also read Adam's article for the Fordham institute here:

  How to ensure twice-exceptional students don't slip through the cracks


Some Amazon Reviews Parents -

5.0 out of 5 Stars - Helpful and Easy to Read

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 22, 2023

This book helped me clear up some preconceived notions I had about gifted kids.

It helped me understand how gifted kids have different needs, that when addressed will really help them flourish instead of struggle through challenges.

Very helpful examples are presented that helped me understand complex concepts that usually only educators understand.

Highly recommend!

5.0 out of 5 Stars - Ultimate 2e Guide! 
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 14, 2023

What a brilliant resource for parents of twice-exceptional children. It's full of support for the success of these gifted students developing into their full potential!

5.0 out of 5 Stars - A Must-Read Introductory Book for Parents of Twice-Exceptional Children

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 28, 2023

Finally, a book that addresses the needs of parents advocating for 2e children! This book is a quick and easy read (I read it in a day) that is part of a larger series addressing 2e topics. Professional perspectives from gifted and 2e education and human development psychology, along with 2e parent experiences, promote positive psychology, a strength-based educational approach, and social/emotional health for 2e families. Each chapter includes reflection questions with spaces to jot notes, enhancing deeper understanding and relevance for one's unique 2e child/experience - the most valuable feature of this book. This is must-read introductory book for parents of 2e.

Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2023


Some Amazon Reviews Educators -

Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2023

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