About Julie F. Skolnick M.A., J.D.
Julie Skolnick, the mother of three twice exceptional children, is the founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC. Julie supports parents of twice exceptional children through education, tailor-made strategies and advocacy training. Julie conducts half-day and hour-long teacher workshops and supports gifted and twice exceptional adults in navigating their relationships.
Julie is a frequent speaker to professionals and parent groups about the true meaning of giftedness and twice exceptionality. She is a prolific writer whose pieces appear in 2e Newsletter, 2e learners.org, and Washington Parent. Julie’s blog appears in her monthly Newsletter, “Gifted and Distractible.”
Julie serves on the Maryland State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education (GTAC), is the Maryland liaison for SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted), and is a SENG Certified Parent Group Facilitator. As a member of the Simultaneous Supports community of practice for the National Association for Gifted Children, Julie reviews NAGC conference proposals for the parenting strand. Julie is trained in the use of a set of tools created by the 2e Center in Studio City, California, aimed at “putting the person into personalized learning.” Julie is co-director of Camp Summit East for the Gifted a week-long sleep away camp for gifted kids held at North Bay Adventure in North East Maryland. Stanford University’s GiftedAndTalented.com chose Julie as an “Expert Pick.”
- SENG – Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (sengifted.org)
- NAGC – National Association for Gifted Children (nagc.org)
- WISER – Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISERdc.org)
- CHADD – Children and Adults with ADHD (Chadd.org)
- BG-NOS (Association of Professionals in education and mental health fields)
- LDAMC – Learning Disabilities Association of America – Montgomery County
- Nominated member, Maryland State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented (GTAC)
- Maryland Liaison, SENG – Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted
- Proposal Reviewer, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Parenting Strand
- Member, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Simultaneous Supports Community of Practice
- SENG Certified Parent Group Facilitator
- Co-Director, Camp Summit for the Gifted
Monthly Newsletter, “Gifted and Distractible”
- March/April 2015 – “Film Festival Debut — The Documentary 2e: Twice Exceptional” (PDF)
- May/June 2015 – “Looking Beyond Behavior” (PDF)
- Sept/Oct 2016 – “Putting the Person in Personalized Learning” (PDF)
- February 2016 – “Learning Differences Pursuing Positive Supports”
- December 23, 2014 – “The Smarter They Are, the Harder They Are…Or Are They?“
- July 6, 2015 – “Don’t Ride the Wave”
- March 2016 “Hyper Attention Activity Deficit”
Julie’s Current Favorite Books
- A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries (2007).
- Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties, Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential, by Rich Weinfeld, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Sue Jeweler, and Betty Roffman Shevitz (2013).
- Lost at School, by Ross W. Greene (2008).
- The ADHD Book of Lists, A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, by Sandra F. Rief (2003).
- Parent Child Journey, by Dan Shapiro, M.D., 2016