Category Archives: Autism

A New Era

The general consensus seems to be that 2016 was not a good year. For me as an individual, it was pretty good: I finished my Master’s degree, I’m doing more teaching and tutoring, and my partner and I celebrated our … Continue reading

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Seeing Success, Feeling Failure

I have never been good at failing. As a child, if I was dissatisfied with my handwriting, I would spend hours and hours practicing, using up page after page of paper. When I began to struggle during my figure skating … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development

Writing Your Own Script, by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MFT (co-authors of Making The Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child), is the book my family wishes we had when I was little. Incidentally, my mother is one … Continue reading

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Small Price, Huge Value

Co-written with my mother, Corin Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Corin: When my kids were young, we didn’t have a lot of money for activities. We lived in the Silicon Valley, where the cost of living is high … Continue reading

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Undesirable #1: Bullying

What is “normal”? What does it mean to be “different”? After all, no two of us are the same… right? Bullying is, fundamentally, a fear-based behavioral response to real or perceived differences between individuals or among groups. Smart, stupid, silly, serious, short, … Continue reading

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Communication Complications

Humans are a social species. We spend our entire lives in communication with one another. Words, touches, noises, gestures – all of these and more are ways we tell each other what we’re thinking and feeling, whether we have met … Continue reading

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Asynchronous and Awkward

Asynchrony: In which two or more things have failed to synchronize. Occurrence at different times. For me, and for other gifted and twice-exceptional young adults, it is asynchrony in our development which turns our abilities into challenges. It is when several … Continue reading

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GHF Online: Environmental Science in U.S. History

You may have heard that I’m teaching a class for GHF Online next semester. The rumors are true! I will be teaching Environmental Science in U.S. History, aimed at 5th to 9th grades academically (I don’t care how old your kid is). We’ll … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Get Better

“It gets better.” You hear it all the time. About illnesses, disabilities, challenges, and any other sort of struggle you can think of. I heard it about giftedness. I hear some variation of “When you ________, it will be easier.” … Continue reading

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My Real Gift

Technically speaking, I am profoundly gifted. My IQ is several standard deviations, not just above the norm, but beyond the “gifted” cut-off as well. I am also autistic, falling under the category of high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome and including anxiety and … Continue reading

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