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About Danika & The Gifted Learning Lab

Danika, a white person with short brown hair, is looking at the camera and smiling.

I created The Gifted Learning Lab to help you understand your kid in new ways and feel more confident as a parent.


My unique approach is rooted in the neurodiversity paradigm and combines insights from research, clinical experience, and lived experience.

Hi, I'm Dr. Danika Maddocks!


my coaching combines...


15+ years as an educator, school consultant, assessment provider, researcher, therapist, and now parent coach specializing in gifted & twice-exceptional kids & teens.  There are few gifted/2e experiences I haven't helped with before - even if they feel lonely or strange to you right now.


I grew up as a highly gifted kid and recognized my own twice-exceptionality at age 39. I'm also raising an intense gifted/2e preschooler.  I draw from my own lived experience and that of other neurodivergent folks to appreciate the nuances of neurodivergent identity, needs, and preferences.

a passion for learning

I'm constantly learning about new topics to support gifted/2e kids and their families - neurodiversity-affirming parenting approaches, LGBTQIA+ identities, burnout, parental stress relief, sensory sensitivities, chronic health conditions, school issues of all types, and more.  I learn from every family I work with and love adapting my approach to your unique situation.

humor & compassion

Parenting can be stressful, emotionally charged, and extremely demanding.  Parents of gifted/2e kids often feel judged and misunderstood, so I bring deep compassion and a sense of humor to my work with parents.  That's exactly what you deserve.  And without those, we wouldn't learn much or have much fun!

Why I support parents of gifted/2e kids

I understand gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) kids.


I've always been drawn to bright, passionate kids who struggle or are misunderstood because of their behaviors, big emotions, or learning differences.  I love these kids' fierce integrity, emotional honesty, and willingness to say what’s on their mind. I love working with their parents too, who often delight in their children and work double-time to support them despite the lack of tailored resources and relevant supports.


As a former gifted kid raising an intense gifted/2e preschooler, I understand the issues from the inside out and have an intuitive grasp of gifted families’ experiences.  


I've conducted award-winning research on giftedness and twice-exceptionality, and I've supported gifted/2e kids and their families for over 12 years as a teacher, therapist, assessment provider, psychologist, school consultant, and now a parent coach.   

I know that parenting a gifted or twice-exceptional kid can be lonely. 


It's hard to find other parents who understand your joys and challenges.  It's difficult to find resources that are relevant for your child and your situation.  And it sometimes feels impossible to find teachers, therapists, or other providers who understand your kid and what you need

I created the Gifted Learning Lab so you can find the information, support, and resources you need.  


I truly believe that raising an intense gifted kid can be a delight.  And it really helps if you, their parent, have the right information and support!  


I’ve talked to hundreds of parents who want to support their gifted/2e kid in new ways but can't find relevant guidance from someone who understands complex gifted or 2e kids like theirs.​​


Through the Gifted Learning Lab's free resources or parent coaching program, I hope you can find the information you need, find new ways to thrive with your unique gifted kid, and connect with other parents who get it.

Danika, a white person with short brown hair, is laughing and sitting on the ground next to an ottoman and a stack of books.

To get more support, check out:

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Gifted Lab Notes

Free weekly email with tips, ideas, & reflections for parents of intense or sensitive gifted/2e kids.

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Power Struggles Mini Course 

Free 5-day email mini course with big ideas & practical strategies to prevent and defuse power struggles.

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Support Your Intense Gifted/2e Kid


My highly-supportive 8-week coaching program that helps you feel more confident parenting your gifted/2e kid.

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Learning Lab Library

A collection of articles that address common questions & concerns of parents with gifted/2e kids.

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