Do you have a student who is bright but struggles unexpectedly with specific skills?
Do you have student who has a wonderful vocabulary and can give detailed definitions of complex concepts but struggles with reading basic words?
Have you ever had a child who exhibits higher order thinking skills and can make connections between seemingly unrelated events but appears lazy?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have a student who is twice exceptional. Twice exceptional (2e) is a term that “refers to the fact that this group of gifted children are exceptional both because of their strengths and because of their limitations. Coupled with high intelligence, these children also may have one or more learning disabilities, attention deficit, autism spectrum disorder, emotional or behavior problems, or other types of learning challenges.” (www.2enewsletter.com).
The main instructional piece of information that is important for teachers to keep in mind is that while 2e students may be able to “pass” an assessment with no accommodations, this assessment is not an accurate portrait of their knowledge or skills. Students who are 2e often just need a their learning difference accommodated so that they can show you their giftedness.
If you are interested in learning more information about 2e students, there is a FREE seminar for teachers and parents on March 22, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:30 at Lenoir-Rhyne University. The seminar features the wonderful Dr. Dawn Hodges who did her doctoral work with 2e students. She will be speaking in the McCrorie Center on the LRU Campus in Room 213. This event is free and open to the public! You will walk away with a better understanding of what a 2e student is and how we can help them be successful!