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Twice Exceptional (2E) Children
So Much Potential So Little Support

All 2e Children are Orchids

Twice Gifted Children Are The Future

In a rapidly changing world, our current educational systems are failing to adequately prepare children for the future, particularly those who are highly sensitive and possess unique gifts. These twice-exceptional (2e) children, often referred to as "orchid children," have the potential to become the innovators, problem-solvers, and visionaries of tomorrow. However, their exceptional abilities are often overlooked or misunderstood within the confines of traditional schooling.

The sensitivity that drives the giftedness of 2e children is a crucial aspect of their identity, yet it remains largely unexplored and unappreciated in our current educational paradigm. These children possess a heightened awareness of their surroundings, a deep emotional capacity, and an innate curiosity that fuels their desire to learn and create. Unfortunately, the rigidity and conformity often demanded by schools can stifle their unique potential, leading to frustration, disengagement, and even mental health challenges.

Of the savants we recognize today there is one poignant common thread: they were kept out of traditional school systems. This highlights a critical point – the issue lies not with the children themselves, but with the environments in which we expect them to learn and grow. When 2e children are placed in settings that fail to accommodate their unique needs and sensitivities, they may struggle to thrive. However, when provided with the right conditions, these children can flourish and achieve remarkable feats.

It is becoming increasingly evident that no child is truly thriving in our current educational systems, and 2e children reflect this reality to an even greater degree due to their heightened sensitivity. They serve as a powerful reminder that we must re-evaluate and transform our approach to education, creating environments that nurture the individual strengths and talents of each child.

Gifted ND: A Unique Approach for the Most Creative Children

We work closely with parents to help them understand the unique way their children move through the world. Our focus is on developing children to reach their full potential, rather than trying to make them fit into a system that can not serve their needs. We recognize that our children are outliers, and we embrace this fully, having discovered that many of them are prodigies capable of changing the world.

Our primary mission is to research, understand, and develop new theories that define creative intelligence and cultivate those who possess it at high levels. Our research has revealed that nurturing creative intelligence involves fostering both cognitive intelligence (of the mind) and somatic intelligence (of the body). Using this holistic approach, we guide parents in developing personalized paths for their 2e children, emphasizing the big picture and the cultivation of distinct trajectories for each unique child. This paves the way for a future where they can thrive.

We've discovered that for 2e children, healing and learning are interconnected. The same path that fosters learning and growth, potentially creating a prodigy, is also capable of healing or reducing the impact of various conditions, including:

  • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

  • Selective Mutism

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

  • Social Communication Disorder

  • Anxiety Disorders (such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder)

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Tourette Syndrome

  • Conduct Disorder

  • Eating Disorders

  • Chronic Health Conditions/Sickness

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Autoimmune Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

However for prodigies to truly flourish and make their mark on the world, the world itself needs to change. This is our goal at Gifted ND – to create communities, educational approaches, and a new way of seeing the amazing things that the most sensitive children have to offer. We believe that by embracing their sensitivity as a strength and providing them with the tools and environments they need to succeed, we can unlock their extraordinary potential and pave the way for a brighter, more innovative future.

We are committed to leading this transformation, one exceptional child at a time. By working closely with parents, cultivating educators who will address a child's full intelligence, and creating a wider community, we aim to create a world where 2e children can thrive and share their unique gifts with others. Together, we can foster a future where sensitivity is celebrated, creativity is nurtured, and the boundless potential of these extraordinary individuals is fully realized.


Gifted ND Coaching For Parents

1 hr

Mentoring With Aedan

Orchids Do Not Need Much Cultivation

Your Child Has Doctors, Therapists, and Tutors, But Do They Have Friends?

Gifted neurodivergent children are rare, which means they have fewer opportunities to find like-minded peers in their schools or community activities. When they do find others who share their interests and passions, they often become excited, loud, and boisterous—a natural display of their happiness. However, this joy is frequently cut short when adults in charge separate them from their new friends, believing they are having "too much fun."

In most cases, the children who need peer connections and mirroring the most are actively kept apart from those who are most like them. As a result, gifted neurodivergent children are denied the crucial peer mirroring that "neurotypical" children experience. It's no surprise, then, that research shows twice-exceptional (2e) children may be socially underdeveloped, often perceived as either too mature or too immature for their age.

Parents often go to great lengths to find a school that provides their children with like-minded peers, but for most gifted neurodivergent 2e children, such a school simply doesn't exist. This is where Mentoring with Aedan comes in—an online opportunity for your child to connect with a mentor who understands their unique challenges and experiences.

Aedan: A Mentor Who Understands

Not long ago, Aedan was a gifted neurodivergent child himself. He intimately understands the hardships, frustrations, and painful loneliness that come with being different. Through engagement your child learns that they are worthy of genuine friendships and experience what healthy peer interactions look like. Mentoring with Aedan has repeatedly been a saving grace for children who feel truly alone in the world.

Aedan engages with children using his improv techniques, helping them learn how to connect with their peers on their level and navigate the challenges of budding relationships in a healthy and age-appropriate manner. All they need is a toehold to learn how to connect, and they'll be off on a journey of social growth and self-discovery.

The most sensitive children learn immensely from mirroring, a crucial aspect of socialization that is often neglected in our educational and medical systems. Seeing someone like themselves navigate the world helps children understand that they are both exceptional and normal, fostering the confidence to be their authentic selves.

Aedan's years of improv acting and innate giftedness with people allow him to quickly recognize and mirror the patterns of others, making him an exceptional mentor. The gift he gives to the children he works with is one that keeps giving for years to come. His ability to truly see and hear someone who desperately needs to be understood, and to teach them the value they bring to the world, is perhaps the most missing and necessary lesson in our culture today.

Mentoring with Aedan

30 min

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