What is it like to be twice-exceptional? A panel on ADHD & Teen/Adult Giftedness

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Washtenaw Intermediate School District
1819 S. Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI

What is it like to be twice exceptional? A panel on ADHD and Giftedness

First of all, what does it mean to be gifted or twice-exceptional? Typically, this means you have excelled in one or more areas of your life (be it academics, career, creative venture) yet have had to cope with a disability which leads to interesting circumstances and winding paths. For the purpose of this panel, we define being twice-exceptional as having above-average (or WAY above average) intelligence or excelling in a career or creative endeavor but also having to cope with ADHD.

On October 22nd, we’ll be having a panel of 4 exceptional people come and share their personal and/or professional experiences of ADHD and Giftedness:

Geri Markel – Geri is an executive coach that has worked with students and adults with ADHD for decades. She’ll be sharing her professional insights of what it is like to work with twice exceptional individuals.

Doug Harris –Due to being twice-exceptional, Doug has had many varied experiences in academia including forays into college, law school, a neurobiology doctoral program many years ago and ending with two masters degrees. Doug is also a member of the Mensa society and will be sharing the highs and lows of being twice-exceptional.

Terry Matlen – Terry is a clinical social worker/psychotherapist. She is the author of “Survival Tips for Women with ADHD.” Terry will be able to talk about both her personal and professional experiences of being twice-exceptional. Should we ask her to bring her guitar?

Mike Fedel – Mike is a successful software developer, musician and teaches college-level courses. Mike will be talking about his personal experiences of having ADHD.

This is going to be one of our more unique talks blending professional insight with discussion. If you have experienced being twice-exceptional or are interested in learning what it’s like, you won’t want to miss this talk. For parents, if your child is driving you nuts and want hope that it’s possible for your child to excel with ADHD, this may be a good panel for you to come see. This panel will be mostly Q and A.

Please note other meetups for this group can be found: http://www.meetup.com/AnnArbor-ADHD-ADD-Support/events/132376552/

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