In this episode of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, I’m talking with Dr. Devon MacEachron, a clinician, researcher, author, and speaker who specializes in assessing and supporting twice-exceptional learners. As she’ll explain in our conversation, Devon actually went back to school to get her PhD as part of her own journey in trying to support her own differently-wired children. Since then, she’s founded a private psychology practice in New York City where she meets the psychoeducational, assessment, and education planning needs of the families of bright learners. Her mission is to help position these awesome students to achieve their goals and dreams, and to help parents feel confident their doing their best for their children. And that’s what we get into in this episode!
About Devon: Devon MacEachron, PhD provides comprehensive neuropsych and psychoeducational assessments focused on discovering the student’s unique profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses and identifying how individual differences impact learning, achievement as compared to ability, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning, and interests and affinities. As a specialist in twice-exceptional and gifted learners, dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s, and academic motivation with a positive psychology focus on strengths and interests, Dr. Devon is an expert diagnostician who provides an actionable game-plan to families enabling students to achieve their highest potential.
THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE:
- How 2e or “twice exceptional” is defined
- How parents can recognize when something is “off” with their child or they suspect they may be 2e
- Why it’s important to look at a child’s behavior and their environment when doing a neurological assessment
- What the optimal age is for an assessment to determine if a child is twice exceptional
- Why there usually isn’t a good school option for kids who are 2e
- How parents can best support their twice-exceptional children, even if they are in a traditional school setting
- Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism by Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks
- The Mislabeled Child: Looking Beyond Behavior to Find the True Source and Solutions for Children’s Learning Challenges by Brock Eide
- Different Minds: Gifted Children with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits by Deirdre V. Lovecky
- Parents Education Network (San Francisco)
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