Monday 1 June 2015

Join me Tonight: For The Love Of Learning

Three months ago I was honored when Laine, from "For the Love of Learning" asked me to be on her show to discuss 2E kids.   2E kids are Twice Exceptional children who are those most often that are left behind in main stream and even alternative schooling.    These are children that are "disabled" and yet also exceptionally gifted.  

In a world where the education system endeavors to push every child through the same cookie cutter model, so many truly amazing and exceptional children are left floundering in the storm because they are just not cookie cutter material.  They think outside the box and live in a world where desks and schedules are an alien concept.   Because the vast majority of teachers, doctors and even parents cannot identify with these "misfits", they are often misdiagnosed as "trouble makers"  "rebellious" or even "stupid"...... and  then of course, drugged insensible in an effort to make them conform to society's mold.

Tonight on For The Love Of Learning, we will be digging into the topic and shedding some light on the brilliance of these children, helping the world to understand that while they dance to a different drum, their light is almost blinding in it's brightness.

Tonight is going to be an exceptionally busy night for me, lol.

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Lainie Liberti

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For the Love of Learning Episode #18

Show Title:

Educating Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children

Monday June 1, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday June 2, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST
Special Guests:

Melanie Hayes
Susan Baum, Ph.D.
Edward R. Amend, Psy.D.
Dani Arnold Mckenny

Show Description:
coming soon
Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

Melanie Hayes

melanieMelanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. Melanie is passionate about creating a world where all children are encouraged to wonder, explore, and create. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on twice exceptionality. Melanie has 2e twins, so she experiences life with 2e children on a personal level as well. She is intimately familiar with the joys and hardships of raising and educating exceptional children. She writes about her work and family in her blog, “Life Among the Gifted,” at You can see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website:
blog: Life Among the Gifted, at

Susan Baum, Ph.D.

Susan Baum 2012Susan Baum, Ph.D. is the Director of the2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, a school for twice exceptional student and academic coordinator for SUNY Buffalo State College Masters Program for International Educators. She is the 2010 recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award granted by the Weinfeld Group, for her contributions to the field of the education of twice exceptional learners, 2011 recipient of the Connecticut Association for Gifted’s Friend of the Gifted Award and the 2015 Distinguish Professional Alumni Award from the Neag School of Education for her work with twice exceptional students.
Professor Emeritus from The College of New Rochelle, Susan is widely published in the areas of twice exceptional students, primary-aged gifted students, and social and emotional factors affecting gifted students, . Her books include Creativity 1,2,3; Chi Square, Pie Charts and Me; To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD, and More; Multiple Intelligences in the Elementary Classroom: A Teachers Toolkit; and Staying In Stepp: Nurturing the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Adolescents.
Her consulting takes her to exotic and not so exotic places around the world. From Zurich to Zimbabwe to Zagreb; from Colombia to Haiti to Nicaragua; from Prague to Helsinki to Estonia; from Malaysia to Shanghai to Eritrea; and from Ouagadougou to Tegucigalpa to Cochabamba and Puerto Vallarta, you can find her spreading the word about twice exceptional students, talent development, differentiation, and stress management for adolescents.
Susan served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Students and is the past president and founder of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS).Susan serves on the advisory boards of 2e Newsletter and Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities.

Edward R. Amend, Psy.D.

dr-amendEdward R. Amend, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist atAmend Psychological Services, P.S.C., licensed to provide psychological services in Kentucky and Ohio. In his private practice in Lexington, Kentucky (with a satellite office in Cincinnati, Ohio), Dr. Amend focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth, adults, and their families. He has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings, as well as in consulting positions with clinics, hospitals, schools, and other organizations. He presents locally and nationally on topics related to the needs of gifted children.
Dr. Amend is co-author of two award-winning books: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children; and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders. Dr. Amend has authored or co-authored a number of articles, book chapters, and columns about gifted children.
As a strong advocate for the gifted population, Dr. Amend’s years of service have included the Board of Directors of Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted; President of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and Chair for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Counseling and Guidance Network. He has been a consultant to the Davidson Institute for Talent Development and a Contributing Editor for Roeper Review, a peer-reviewed journal for gifted education. Dr. Amend is actively involved with the Assessment Special Interest Group of NAGC and the National Twice Exceptional Community of Practice. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), APA’s Division 53 (Child-Clinical Psychology), and the Kentucky Psychological Association.
Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Amend graduated with highest honor from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He completed his doctoral training at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked under the supervision of Dr. James Webb. He completed his internship/ residency at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and served as Chief Intern. Dr. Amend currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two children.

Dani Arnold Mckenny

Dani colour jorgeDani is a homeschooling mom of 4 amazingly diverse kids (actually has 5 but her eldest is all grown up and married). Her  7 year old son, who is on the so called “autism spectrum”, gave Dani the opportunity to expand her ideas of “education” and “learning”. Dani is also a healer and aromatherapist, and an ex, canadian armed forces Medic.
Dani was a political activist in the areas of Maternal & Infant Health, and Environmental pollutants and toxins in our daily lives for over a decade. 4 years ago she walked away from that role, and created Removing the Shackles to report on government and financial corruption, globally. Dani does a live News report, Transpicuous News, on CCN twice a week- Wednesdays and Sunday nights.
Dani is currently returning to her roots of alternative health and aromatherapy, and she and her husband Nick have opened our new business in Morocco where they now live, called: Our Gaia’s Gardens.

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