Navigating Parenthood with Preschool Potentially Twice-Exceptional Children — Julia Link Roberts, Hasan Akdeniz, & Tyler Clark
Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 8:00 – 9:00 am, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 302
Twice-exceptional (2e) children with exceptional abilities and disabilities represent a unique and often underserved population within the education system. Parenting these children can be particularly challenging due to their diverse and complex needs. This qualitative study aimed to shed light on the challenges faced by parents of 2e children. Fourteen parents of 2e children were interviewed. We employed a qualitative analysis approach to identify and categorize recurring themes and patterns related to the challenges faced by these parents. Parents of 2e children faced several challenges with parenting, including developmental concerns, academic concerns, educational challenges, social challenges, and behavioral and emotional challenges. Parents faced challenges adjusting to their own and their children’s social lives. They often faced difficulties communicating with teachers and other parents in the classroom. Parents seek resources and support, such as parent support groups, educational consultants, and academic resources. Parents are also concerned about their children’s language and physical development. They need practical information and best practices about those issues. Parents need to advocate for their children’s needs and ensure that their children receive appropriate educational services and accommodations. This will help them navigate challenges and effectively support their child’s growth and development.