Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Setting Up DIY Spaces for Homeschooling

Picture of tools -spanner, oil can on wooden bench

It can be hard to figure out how to fit all the bits and bobs into a small apartment when the house is full of makers. We do lots of drawing, and crafting, painting, sewing, woodwork, game creation and science experiments in our homeschool. And before we know it, it can quickly descend into chaos - it's beads everywhere, with the pencils and the card games scattered and the floor can regularly disappear. . . but I have learned a few tips and tricks to keep things roughly in order.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

I'm Looking For Your Stories on Giftedness and Twice-Exceptionality


I am in the process of gathering stories and experiences of gifted and twice-exceptional families for my upcoming book on giftedness and twice-exceptionality with GHF Press. This book will focus on the challenges and myths surrounding giftedness and twice-exceptionality. (Yes, I am super-excited and super-terrified to be writing a book!)

So, if you have a child who is gifted or twice-exceptional . . .

Or if you are gifted or twice-exceptional . . .

And you have a few spare moments . . .

I would love for you to answer a few questions in my survey.

Note: This is a non-scientific survey and though they may be printed (in whole or part) in my book, all responses will remain anonymous

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment, or you can contact me by email.



Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Preparing for College; Preparing for Crazy

Sometimes, it feels like I'm trapped inside a B-Grade Hollywood movie. The director is at the side is yelling, "More drama! We need a rewrite here! There's not enough punch to this story."

The punches keep rolling in, and I feel a little bit like a punch-drunk ninja. My children went from crazy accelerated to crazy-crazy accelerated. (How my eldest managed to skip me noticing that he had learned about 2-3 years worth of maths during our 'down' time was the one punch. The two punch was adding yet another acronym to the growing list of family illnesses / chronic conditions / neurological differences / genetic variations / eh, I'm giving up, why don't we call 'em Steves?)

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Is My Gifted Child Autistic?

Staring Child

I’ve done lots of reading, I’ve looked at the standard definitions, I listened to the niggles and ‘problems’ that different people  - my GP, a friend, my child’s teacher etc. have mentioned. I know my child’s quirky . . . But, is my gifted child autistic?

It’s a question almost every parent of gifted kids I have ever talked to has brought up at one time or another (particularly the parents of highly to profoundly gifted children). And though it seems there should be an easy answer to this question – a quick test, a definitive way of putting a yes or no to this question, the answer is actually much, much more complicated.

Having travelled down this rabbit-hole for a long while now, I’d like take you on a trip into the world of giftedness and autism.

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