Big Minds Blog

Daniel Daniel is nine years old, profoundly gifted[1], and diagnosed with sensory processing disorder[2] and ADHD[3]. He was misdiagnosed with autism when he was six. His mother, Dawn, explained, “Our pediatrician referred us to a neurologist and she referred us to a psychiatrist. Within the first...

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...

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,...

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...