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“Nothing Fits Exactly”: Experiences of Asian Americans Parents of Twice-Exceptional Children

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 210 A

Parents of twice-exceptional students play a crucial role in establishing and maintaining supportive environments that are influenced by sociocultural contexts, including race and ethnicity. Using a qualitative research design, we investigated the lived experiences of Asian American parents of 2e children. We found Asian American immigrant parents in this study developed resilient parenting and persistent advocacy efforts as they navigated the complex characteristics of their high ability children with disabilities. We expect this study will provide practitioners information about multilayered cultural contexts of Asian American parents and/or 2e children.Along with the presenter, other people responsible for this study are Alyssa Zwicker, Mallory Bolenbaugh, and Soeun Park.

Megan Foley Nicpon

Associate Professor / Associate Director for Research and Clinic
University of Iowa

Megan Foley-Nicpon is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Iowa and a licensed psychologist and researcher at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Dr. Foley-Nicpon’s research and clinical interests include assessment and intervention with twice-exceptional students, particularly gifted students with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and emotional/learning difficulties, and the social and emotional development of talented and diverse students. She has over 40 referred articles and book chapters in the areas of gifted, counseling psychology, and twice-exceptionality, and numerous presentations at international, national, and state professional meetings. Awards include the NAGC Early Scholar Award, AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent Path Breaker Award, AERA Division E Outstanding Research Award in Human Development, and, twice, the MENSA Research Award, MENSA Education & Research Foundation.

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