Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of 2e kids

I first learned that I would be a new father in the spring of 1997. I was elated at the time, not knowing what the future had in store for us, a young couple in our late 20s. Little did I know that this child, and the two to follow, would take us along a very different path.

Our son, Sean, born in the winter of 1998, was not what we expected. He didn’t do all the typical baby things. In fact, it wasn’t long before we had to throw out the baby bible of the time, What to Expect When You're Expecting, as it was irrelevant. Sean didn’t nap very often, was hyper alert, hyper sensitive, and, quite honestly, hyper everything. As it turns out, Sean was also twice-exceptional — extremely smart, but also a boy with a high-functioning autism. Our ...


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About Michael Postma

Dr. Michael Postma is the executive director of SENG and father of three twice-exceptional children. With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, author, and consultant, Dr. Postma continues promote the social, emotional, and academic needs of the gifted/2e population. His latest book is "The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students." More of Dr. Postma's work can be found at