We Tried Normal – 2e Family Stories: Chapter 5

Jeremy

Despite knowing their son, Jeremy, was gifted, Anne and John were confident in their public school and felt it was important to support their school community. Jeremy was an early reader with an insatiable appetite for knowledge. He wanted to know all the details about everything he encountered, but would get extremely frustrated if […]

We Tried Normal – 2e Family Stories: Chapter 4

The following stories come from interviews with parents of 2e children. I made up fictional families comprised of people I have worked with over the years. The families’ names are fictitious, to protect the real participants’ privacy, but the stories are true, the examples unaltered, and the quotes verbatim. I hope they demonstrate the […]

We Tried Normal – 2e Family Stories: Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Wish I’d Known Then, What I Know Now
By Dr. Melanie Johnson Hayes

When I look at my kids’ behavior and experiences, I realize they are echoes of my own childhood. I was a child who lived in my own world because the real one never felt like it was made for me.

My dad was […]

We Tried Normal – 2e Family Stories: Chapter 2

Chapter 2: If Only They Knew What They Don’t Know
By Dr. Melanie Johnson Hayes
Cheese Sandwich Meltdown
When Dylan was five, he had many food aversions, had difficulty eating anywhere but home, and struggled to be functional when he was in a crowded place. Tom and I had worked for weeks to get him to be able […]

We Tried Normal – 2e Family Stories: Chapter 1

We Tried Normal – 2e Family Stories
By Dr. Melanie Johnson Hayes

“Pity impedes the dignity of disabled people; resentment is a parallel obstacle for people with enormous talent. The pity and the resentment alike are manifestations of our fear of people who are radically different.”

– Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree 
Prologue
What is 2e? Just a […]