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Educating Twice Exceptional kids

I am happy to now serve as the president of the board of directors for the Quad Preparatory School for twice exceptional (2E) kids. JCA has been working pro-bono for the school for the last couple years and recently designed and coordinated the school's fitout (on a very modest budget) at their new home in the financial district.
What is 2E? Twice exceptional kids (like my older son) are - like the name says - exceptional in (at least) two ways. They have one or more amazing talent, and one or more learning/social challenge. My son Booker, a high functioning kid on the autism spectrum, has incredible abilities in math and serious struggles with language arts and some social situations. The Quad is the right place for him because of it's mission:
"The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional students – gifted children with learning differences – by redefining the experience of school. Our unparalleled and personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with engaging academics. By teaching to the way each individual student learns, we empower them to rise to the level of their talents and go on to contribute to communities of excellence."

It's not easy to teach these kids because of their asynchronous development. The high highs and the low lows are difficult to reconcile - impossible maybe - and it takes incredible patience on the part of teachers and parents to address both. 

 

Booker with his design for digital sushi wallpaper at the Cooper Hewitt

Booker with his design for digital sushi wallpaper at the Cooper Hewitt