Review of Boost: ’12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children’

Book by Kelly Hirt (GHF Press, January, 2018)

The latest release from GHF press, part of the Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series, is Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children. Author Kelly Hirt is both a public school teacher with 25 years of experience and a homeschooling parent of a twice-exceptional son.

She begins the 100-page softcover book by explaining how she came to write it. It stems, in part, from her classroom experiences with the students who “stumped” her, those who she saw as “quirky, intense, or complicated.” She explains that she wanted to help these children, “but I did not know what to do.” She just knew that “we needed something different for these kids.”

An even greater impetus to writing the book, however, has been Hirt’s own experiences in raising her son, who she realized “was one of these children.” She found that in school, it was not the academics that were hard for her child, it was “all of the other components that made up his school experience: the classroom noise, crowded halls, lunchroom smells, friendship issues, repetition of already-covered material, number of transitions — the expectation that everyone march to the same beat.” Her son’s combination of gifts and challenges led Hirt into the world of twice-exceptionality and the difficulties of getting a 2e learner’s needs met in a public school setting.

Hirt has been able to distill what she’s found to be critical to the success of 2e children into 12 strategies that she calls boosts. These strategies, each covered in its own chapter, are aimed at parents as well as educators; and they encompass “tried techniques, new approaches, and a positive way of thinking.” The following table contains ...


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About Linda C Neumann

Linda C. Neumann is the former editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, the co-publisher of the Spotlight on 2e Series of booklets on twice-exceptionality, and the co-curator of The 2e Resource website (