After sitting through a conference on giftedness that was led by gifted educators that did not identify as gifted themselves, let alone twice exceptional, who focused almost entirely on academic acceleration, I realized that we are desperately in need of more first hand experiences of giftedness and twice exceptionality. I thought of starting another blog, but I had my hands full with projects.

As I was listening to my interview with Colin Seale, I felt like his stories just had to be animated! Then I realized I had a lot of great 2E stories already from my Embracing Intensity Podcast! And so Embracing Intensity Shorts were born, with many of them focused on 2E stories, and now I’m planning to make a book of comics of 2E stories as well! (This has slowed the creative process considerably since I am now hand illustrating my characters so I can publish them in a book.)

Gifted AND

Colin Seale, of Think Law, describes his experience as a gifted child with undiagnosed ADHD in this Embracing Intensity Podcast short animation about his twice exceptional experience.

Find the full interview on Embracing Intensity Podcast episode 167: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to All Students with Colin Seale here!

You are NOT Broken

Chris Wells, Therapist, Researcher & Writer, shares her experience of feeling like an alien growing up in this Embracing Intensity Podcast short animation about her twice exceptional experience.

Find the full interview on Embracing Intensity Podcast episode 111: Shining the Light on Positive Disintegration with Chris Wells:

Also see Embracing Intensity ep. 154: On Positive Disintegration with Chris Wells.

Thrice-Exceptional: Gifted, ADHD & Black

René Brooks, of Black Girl, Lost Keys, shares about the challenges of being both gifted and ADHD, along with the additional complications that come with trying to get a diagnosis or treatment as a black woman.

For a more in depth discussion, listen to the full interview on Embracing Intensity ep. 103 The Double Dilemma of Giftedness & ADHD w/ René Brooks. Also see René’s Episode on Motivation

To learn more about serving 3E students in schools, follow Joy Lawson Davis

Too Much: A Story About Twice Exceptionality

Emily Kircher-Morris, Therapist and host of the Neurodiversity Podcast, shares how her fierce independence and boundless enthusiasm led to others telling her she was “too much,” and how she learned some hard lessons about who she was and who she wanted to be. Listen to her twice exceptional story!

Listen to the full interview on Embracing Intensity ep. 139 with Emily Kircher-Morris.

Squelched Fire: A Story About Twice Exceptionality

Seth Perler, Executive Functioning Coach & Vlogger, shares how he was a free spirited kid who had his fire squelched when he couldn’t fit inside the school box. He finally found a passion for education, and now helps twice exceptional students navigate school and use their strengths! Listen to his twice exceptional story!

Listen to the full interview on Embracing Intensity ep. 194: Overcoming Executive Functioning Challenges with Seth Perler.

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The More I Tried to Shrink, the More I Expanded

Arianna Bradford, Author and Speaker, shares about how she tried to make herself smaller to fit in and finally came to the realization that not everyone was going to get her and that’s OK.

Find the full interview on the Embracing Intensity Podcast.

That’s For Girls! A Story of Being a Sensitive ADHD Boy

Brendan Mahan of ADHD Essentials & The Wall of Awful ™, shares his experience of being a sensitive and nurturing ADHD boy facing the masculine expectations of the 80s & 90s in a family that didn’t talk about their feelings.

Related themes:

~ Growing up with ADHD

~ Catastrophizing & rejection sensitivity (Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria or RSD)

~ Nurturing instinct in boys

~ Family culture of silence

~ Speaking up assertively

Find the full interview on the Embracing Intensity Podcast

I just want my snacks! A story about the pressures of giftedness *

Tiffany Chhuom, of Lucy in the Sky Therapy, describes her experience of being identified gifted at a very young age and the pressures that came with it in this Embracing Intensity Podcast short animation. *CW Mild Swearing*

Find the full interview on Embracing Intensity Podcast episode 127: Turning Intensity into Achievement While Helping Others with Tiffany Chhuom.

Honing Your Superpowers: A Story of Neurodiversity

Mr. Chazz, teacher mentor and motivational speaker, shares how his high energy growing up was not always appreciated, but he learned to channel it into his superpower. Now as he works with kids, parents and teachers he is mindful of approaching possibly challenging behavior in a way that doesn’t squelch their powers.

Find the full interview on the Embracing Intensity Podcast.

Powerful Intensity: A story about twice exceptionality

Dr. Anita M. Jackson, of the Unlimited Woman Alliance, shares how her experience with ADHD and giftedness shaped the way she thought in a way that isolated her growing up but led to deep connections as she was able to harness her own power. Listen to her twice exceptional experience!

Listen to the full interview on Embracing Intensity ep. 149: Celebrating the Duality of Life with Dr. Anita M Jackson

Daring to be Who You Are: A Story about Twice Exceptionality

Silver Huang, of Intrepid Integrity shares how she felt different from the moment she entered school before she was identified as both gifted and Autistic, and how it led her down the path of making the wrong choices in order to fit in until she finally dared to be who she was! Listen to her twice exceptional story!

Listen to the full interview on Embracing Intensity ep. 61 with Neuromaverick Silver Huang

The Library: A Story About The Power of Words

Cosette “CoCo” Leary, of From Welfare to the Whitehouse, shares her story of how growing up in poverty, she immersed herself in the power of books and words. As a gifted child, she challenged the systems she grew up in. Finding solace in the local library, she was able to envision a brighter future. Her ability to dream big eventually led her from Welfare to the Whitehouse! Listen to the full interview on Embracing Intensity ep. 181 Live Out Loud with Cosette “CoCo” Leary.

Animated Stories of Twice Exceptionality

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