Working with Twice Exceptional Students

Focus on the strengths & leverage them to overcome challenges!

How Can Parents and Teachers Help?

• Provide frequent opportunities for student to engage in complex, or real-world problem solving.

• Teach how to use brainstorming and mind maps to organize their work.

• Teach formal essay and project planning strategies, as well as presentation skills with plenty of practice.

• Use mnemonics and visualization to overcome short term memory problems.

• Teach auditory processing skills. Give students time to visualize or record a series of instructions.

• Develop routines for daily activities. ie set specific time and place for homework, organizing clothing and schoolbooks for the next day, organizing class notes, homework assignments.

• The use of colored lenses may remediate some reading difficulties.

• Encourage awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses. It is imperative that students who are gifted and learning disabled understand their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

• Provide mentoring experiences with adults who are twice-exceptional.

• Provide appropriate success feedback. Celebrate successes!

Download a pdf of Sarah Macfarlane's article to learn more about the 2e paradox.

 

How Can Teachers Help?

• Assign fewer, but more challenging problems.

• Use contracts and rubrics to clearly communicate expectations and hold students accountable.

• Allow the students to use modalities other than writing to communicate ideas and complete school projects. ie give a speech, present a video, record an audio tape, use a computer presentation program, make a model, use drama, create a mural, build a concept map or labeled diagram.

• Provide alternative learning experiences which are not dependent on paper and pencil or reading.

• Give realistic deadlines for completing assignments (often longer than for others). Break large assignments into smaller chunks with shorter deadlines.

• Encourage and allow compensation strategies, such as calculator use for computational difficulties.

• Use varied sources of content information (audio and video, leveled reading material, web-based Text-to-Speech tools) which are more accessible to students who have difficulty reading.

• Use computer Speech to Text, voice recording, dictation, spell check and other tools to compensate for writing and spelling difficulties.

• Graphic organizer programs like Inspiration can help students quickly record ideas, organize concepts and easily convert a mind map to an outline for a written assignment.

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