Twice Exceptional Students

Twice-exceptional students may exhibit the characteristics we associate with giftedness in divergent ways. Download a .pdf of this chart.Characteristics of Twice exceptional students

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What is Twice Exceptional??

A twice-exceptional (or 2e)student is one who is formally identified as having a learning disability, emotional disorder, communication disorder, physical disability AND is formally identified as gifted in one or more areas including: intellectual ability, specific academic ability, or is recognized for extraordinary talent in creative and/or artistic areas or leadership. Many of these students go un-identified.

How Do We Recognize This?

Gifted Traits May Be Identified First - Achievement or gifted characteristics are noticed early on. In this case, strengths or "gifts" are often fostered through GT programs. The student's disability may not be recognized since compensatory strategies allow them to achieve or exceed grade level, at least in the younger grades. Often passed over for special education support. Disabilities begin to surface in upper grades. (Baum, 1991)

Disability May Be Identified First - This student may be failing in school. First noticed for what they cannot do. Most "at risk" because the special education label tends to focus on deficits. Acquisition of basic skills emphasized over creative & productive behaviors. It may be difficult for them to recognize and value their own strengths and abilities.(Baum, 1991)

Neither Gifted Traits nor Disability is Identified - Disability masks gifted traits. Intellectual ability masks the disability. This student may look very average until gifted characteristics emerge in specific content areas or particular learning environments where nontraditional methods are used (Baum, 1991).

How Can We Support These Students?

The best plan will depend on the nature of the specific disability and the student's area(s) of strength. It is best practice to maintain a focus on student's strengths, while assisting in the development of skills and compensatory strategies to enable success in school, as well as in life. Many students learn to leverage their intellectual gifts to overcome the disability, and they will need our continued support to meet their best potential. Link to a list of specific strategies!

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