Cover Photo: Illustration by Brian Rea for Catapult
Illustration by Brian Rea for Catapult

Finding a World Big Enough for My Twice-Exceptional Kids

Every day, when my kids come home from school, the first thing I ask them—like most parents do—is about school. But unlike most parents, I do not expect my kids to say that school was fine.

This is a monthly column by Katie Rose Pryal about family life, mental illness, and raising disabled kids as a disabled parent.


You’re face to face with greatness, and it’s strange 

You don’t even know how you feel

PleasePlease tell Nine to be more aware

Be more aware?

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If you could have only one wish, what would it be and why?


How, indeed

There were just too many wishes

You must dance to the beatYou only get one wish

We’re going to need a little more room

HereYou have space here, for now.

Katie is a novelist, essayist, and erstwhile law professor in Chapel Hill, NC. Her fiction includes Entanglement, Chasing Chaos, and Fallout Girl. Her nonfiction includes Life of the Mind Interrupted: Mental Health  and Disability in Higher Education. Katie has contributed to Quartz, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The (late, great) Toast, Dame Magazine, Paste Magazine, and more. You can connect with Katie on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, all at @krgpryal, on her blog at, and through her e-letter at