Understanding the Effects of Low Processing Speed Amongst Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Children/Adults
Michael Postma, Ed. D
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For a good number of gifted and 2e individuals, slow processing speed greatly impacts how they interact with their respective communities. A product of asynchronous development characterized by and intense, but, delayed limbic system that can be easily overwhelmed by equally intense epigenetics, g/2e children struggle with basic social and emotional functionality such as emotional regulation, executive functioning and more. As a result, they often struggle in environments, such as schools, where immediate, sequential recall is required. As such, we must adapt our systems to accommodate this challenge and, in doing so, reach that incredible but hidden potential. This presentation will briefly address atypical neurodevelopment, its effect of processing speed, and examine solutions designed to access g/2e potential
Dr. Michael Postma is a writer, consultant and presenter specializing in the education and well-being of gifted and twice exceptional children and their families. Dr. Postma is also the Executive Director of Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), an organization whose mission it is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Dr Postma authored the book The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students.