Smart, Quirky Kids Tell All

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Emma is an 11-year-old FlexSchool student who excels in reading, writing, and logical problem solving but struggles with ADHD. Jacqui talks with Emma about what being 2e means for kids. Then, Jacqui interviews Emma’s dad, Ben. Ben explains what it’s like to raise a 2e child and why teachers should take students’ criticism a little more personally.


Alexandra (grade 9) is a lover of all things Harry Potter, colorful, environmental, and artistic. Her challenges with ADHD and ASD have gotten in the way of classroom performance and social connections. Alexandra speaks powerfully about how adults can reach students like her. 


David is a middle schooler at FlexSchool who loves math, puzzles, and running a restaurant blog with his mom. He has had trouble with education before because past educators could not see past his energetic classroom behavior and difficulty socializing with peers to see his amazing talents. In this episode, he’ll talk with Jacqui about his gifts and his challenges with ADHD and ASD. Following David’s interview, David’s mom, Deborah, will tell Jacqui what she learned raising a child with gifts that everyone refused to see.