|Visual-spatial skills (interest in the arts, including photography and video)|
|Verbal abilities (drama, public speaking, leadership)|
|Imaginative, creative and musically talented|
|Intuitive abilities, often with computers|
|Sensitive, curious and a tendency towards perfectionism|
|Early reading/strong interest in books/high level of reading comprehension|
|Superior level of vocabulary and abstract reasoning/thinking|
|Large number and intensity of interests|
|Highly developed sense of humor|
|Advanced memory skills|
In addition, research evidence and my classroom observations confirm that 2e students also possess unique learning differences. These differences can result in a difficulty in some or all of these areas:
|Language arts (phonics, spelling, written expression)|
|Computation and memorization|
|Focus, organization, keeping track of assignments and completing them|
For a twice-exceptional (2e) student, there is a definite discrepancy between a student’s actual potential and his/her classroom performance or behavior at home (Weber, p. 13). Gifted students who demonstrate clear evidence of having learning differences, sometimes clinically referred to as disabilities, are those students with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s/Autistic, dysgraphia and other learning styles.
Having a learning difference can be particularly challenging to a student when teachers and parents are not aware of the most effective teaching strategies to use. It is essential that we all help every student learn from his/her strengths to provide him/her equal access to the curriculum. Effective strategies are those based on flexibility, an awareness and appreciation of the student’s strengths and a respect for his/her learning differences. Once these strategies are in place at school and at home, there is less likelihood for a learning difference to become a true disability for the student. In fact, a student’s unique approach to learning can often be the key to his/her eventual success as an adult.
Baum, Susan. “The Ten Commandments I Teach By: Optimizing Success for 2e Learners.” 2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, Aug. 2005, 12.
Davis, Ronald D. The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read and How They Can Learn. New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 1997.
Fisher, Gary, Ph.D. and Rhoda Cummings, Ed.D. The Survival Guide for Kids with LD* (*Learning Differences). Minneapolis: Free Spirit, 2002.
Kay, Kiesa, ed. Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Twice Exceptional Students. Gilsum, NH: Avocus Publishing, Inc., 2000.
Laureen, Jill. Succeeding with LD: 20 True Stories About Real People with LD* (*Learning Differences). Minneapolis: Free Spirit, 1997.
Levine, Mel, M.D. A Mind at a Time. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002.
Marshall, Abigail. The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Dyslexia. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2004
Neumann, Linda. “Serving the Needs of 2e High School Students.” Interview with Dr. Lucie K. Lewis. 2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, July 2006, 17.
Risberg, Cathy. “Respecting and Meeting the Needs of All Writers: Handheld Technology in the Classroom.” 2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, March 2006, 15.
Rosenberg, Nancy. “The College Search Process for GT/LD Students.” 2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, July 2006, 17.
Weber, Christine and Kim Kovaleski. “The Challenges and Rewards of Raising an LD/Gifted Child: Tommy’s Story.” Parenting for High Potential. Mar. 2006: 12-15.
www.NAGC.org (The National Association for Gifted Children – consider joining this!)
www.2eNewsletter.com (A wonderful bi-monthly newsletter for parents and educators)
www.allkindsofminds.org (Mel Levine’s informative site for all parents and educators)
http://uniquelygifted.org (Like the Hoagies’ sites, a comprehensive site for gifted and 2e)
Last updated September 10, 2014
©Cathy Risberg, Minds That Soar, LLC, 2006