What is 2e?

Twice Exceptional or 2e children are often defined as intellectually or creatively gifted (the first exception or “e”) with learning differences (the second "e" or exception) such as: lagging social or executive functioning skills, ADD/ADHD, Speech and Language Impairments, ASD, lagging auditory processing skills, etc. Their asynchronism in development leads to a lack of proper educational and recreational settings that meet both needs. Thus, The Quad Manhattan exists as a place where 2e children can be themselves and both exceptions are met with enthusiasm and expert support.

Philosophy

 

The Quad Manhattan is an inclusive meeting place for Twice Exceptional kids - a place where social and executive functioning "life" skills are developed through FUN! Developed by experts in medicine, child psychology and gifted special education, the Quad is SNEAKY!  We use kids’ strengths and passions to hide skill development in creative and engaging after school classes and activities during our summer camp. Quad students learn to:

 

  • Develop self-acceptance … quirks and all

  • Focus intellectual and physical energy and gifts

  • Cope with challenges; flexibly solve problems, adapt to changing conditions, face fears, and learn from frustration

  • Collaborate with others and build friendships

  • Become empathic neighbors and socially responsible citizens

Social and Executive Functioning Skill Development

  • Explicit skill building (30-60 minutes)

  • Direct coaching throughout talent development classes

  • Weekly parent communication

  • Student to teacher ratio of 3:1

  • Best practice staff training and supervision by directors and supervising psychologist

 

Informing Skill Development Frameworks

  • “Social Thinking” approach to the development of social cognition. The Quad receives ongoing coaching by members of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® Training and Speaking Bureau.*

  • “TCIT” approach for structured, consistent classrooms and positive behavior reinforcement

  • “Collaborative Problem Solving” approach to conflict resolution

  • “Lev Vygotsky/Tools of the Mind” approach for executive functioning development (attention, time management, planning, and self-regulation)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for coping with fears

 

 *(Social Thinking® is a teaching framework for individuals aged preschool through adult, created by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC SLP (www.socialthinking.com). It consists of a Social Thinking Vocabulary that establishes a common language to discuss social functioning, curriculum lessons and strategies that break down social concepts into concrete, teachable formats, and the Social Thinking Social Communication Profile, a tiered informal assessment tool that helps educators and clinicians better understand different levels of social cognition and match teaching strategies to the social strengths and challenges of the individual. Social Thinking “explodes the social code” to help children and adults learn to be better social thinkers and social communicators.)