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Dual Exceptionalities

Gifted students with disabilities are often called twice exceptional or students with dual exceptionalities.

NOTE: The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa is conducting research about twice-exceptional students and their families. If you are interested in participating in specific research studies, please contact the Belin-Blank Center by telephone at 800.336.6463 or by emailing 2xgt@belinblank.org.


ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC)

ERIC EC Digests

E427: Giftedness and Learning Disabilities
E479: Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox
E522: ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
E574: Dual Exceptionalities
E649: Gifted Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ERIC EC Minibibs

EB9: Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities
EB21: Graphic Organizers

ERIC EC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Gifted/LD Diagnostic Tests

ERIC EC Fact Sheets

State Resources for Gifted Education
State Departments of Education and state advocacy groups provide technical information and assistance to education professionals and families

Articles of Interest

Attention Deficit Disorder and Gifted Students: What Do We Really Know?

Constructing a Culturally Sensitive Education for Gifted Deaf Students

Gifted Children with AD/HD

Giftedness and Asperger's Syndrome: A New Agenda for Education (pdf format, 180k - Adobe Acrobat Reader required.)

Teaching Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students (pdf format, 399k - Adobe Acrobat Reader required.) From "Teaching Strategies for Twice-Exceptional Students by S. Winebrenner, 2003, Intervention in School and Clinic, 38, 131-137. Copyright 2003 by PRO-ED, Inc. Available with permission.

Williams Syndrome: A Study of Unique Musical Talents in Persons with Disabilities

A guide to e-mail based volunteer programs designed to help students master challenging mathematics, science, and technology

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
Research and theory articles on gifted students and a variety of disabilities


Gifted and Learning Disabled? It Is Possible!
Gifted and Learning Disabled: Twice Exceptional Students
Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Issues
U.S. Department of Education Letter of Clarification
Information on ADD/ADHD

Non-verbal learning disability

Sensory integration
http://www.aspennj.org/klin.html (Asperger's)

Uniquely Gifted


This e-mail discussion group addresses issues in education for gifted children with learning disabilities: education law, teaching strategies, IEP, Section 504, and other topics

GT-special e-mail list
Subscription address: lyris@gtworld.org
Subscription command: subscribe gt-special
Post messages to: gt-special@gtworld.org
An e-mail discussion group for parents of gifted students with learning disabilities or other special needs (ADHD, Asperger's, Tourette, etc.)


Bireley, Marlene (1995). Crossover children: A sourcebook for helping children who are gifted and learning disabled, second edition. Available from CEC (888-CEC-SPED). A rich resource that provides specific strategies to help children who are gifted and learning disabled and/or ADD control impulsivity, increase attention, enhance memory, improve social skills, and develop a positive self-concept.

Brody, Linda E. & Mills, Carol J. (May/June 1997). Gifted children with learning disabilities: A review of the issues. Journal of Learning Disabilities, v30 #3. An excellent review of twice exceptional issues.

Cline, Starr & Schwartz, Diane (1999). Diverse populations of gifted children: Meeting their needs in the regular classroom and beyond. Available from CEC (888-CEC-SPED). Addresses dual exceptionalities by topic: physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning disabilities.

Freed, Jeff & Parsons, Laurie (1998). Right-brained children in a left-brained world. Available from Simon & Schuster. This book offers teachers and parents a simple and clear strategy for helping their ADD and gifted children excel, both in and out of the classroom.

Kay, Kiesa (Ed.), 2000. Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Twice Exceptional Students. Avocus Publishing. 1.800.345.6665. Available from CEC (888-CEC-SPED).
This compendium of 40 articles by parents, teachers, researchers, administrators, and students considers the best educational possibilities for gifted students who also have a disability.

Understanding Our Gifted (issue on visual spatial learners) Vol. 8 #3. Available from: Open Space Communications, Boulder, CO 800.494.6178. http://www.openspacecomm.com


Hospital Directory Search Engines

Hospital Directory, The
Directory of hospitals, medical centers, and health care facilities across the United States. Listings include name, address, telephone number, and type of facility.

Hospital Select
Searchable database from the American Medical Association

Medi-Fax Canadian Hospital Web Directory

National Hospital Locator
Look up US hospitals, free of charge


Callers should be prepared to leave name, phone number, and a message which includes permission for a return collect telephone call, with hours when you can be reached.

The Gifted/Learning Disabled Educational Network
(Parents of Gifted/Learning Disabled Children, Inc.)
2420 Eccleston St.
Silver Spring, MD 20902-4925
E-mail: Jilmeyers@aol.com
A membership/advocacy organization with a useful newsletter



National Association of Independent Schools

American School Directory

National Association of Therapeutic Schools And Programs (NATSAP)
NATSAP has a good search tool.

National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch
1732 S 72nd Street West
Billings, MT 59106-3599
800.726.6755; 406.655.2100 (phone)
406.656.0021 (fax)

The John Dewey Academy
389 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413.528.9800 (phone)
413.528.5662 (fax)


Children's National Medical Center
Consultative Center for Child Development
800.787.8403; 202.884.3257

Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
University of Iowa
210 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA 52242-1529
319.335.6148 or 1.800.336.6463

NOTE: The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa is conducting research about twice-exceptional students and their families. If you are interested in participating in specific research studies, please contact the Belin-Blank Center by telephone at 800.336.6463 or by emailing 2xgt@belinblank.org.

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205

NYU Child Study Center
New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Medical Center
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212.263.6622 (phone)
212.263.0202 (fax)


The following professionals are private consultants who have expertise in giftedness with disabilities and who provide services for a fee. Callers should be prepared to leave name and phone number, and a message that includes permission for a return collect telephone call, with hours when you can be reached.

Julia Osborn, Ph.D.
KGR Pediatric Associates
98-15 Horace Harding Expressway
Lefrak City, NY 11368

Linda Silverman, Ph.D.
Gifted Child Development Center
Denver, CO 80218
Information on visual-spatial learners.

Deirdre V. Lovecky, Ph.D.
Gifted Resource Center of New England
11 Whiting Street
Providence, RI 02906
E-mail: GRCNE02940@aol.com
A private psychologist with expertise in testing gifted children who might have ADD

Jeff Freed, M.A.T.
29088 Posy Lane
Evergreen, CO 80439
Author of Right Brained Children in a Left-Brained World, Freed offers teachers and parents a simple and clear strategy for helping their ADD and gifted children excel both in and out of the classroom

Susan Baum, Ph.D.
College of New Rochelle
1 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805
Information on teaching G/LD using Dual Differentiation.

Andrew S. Mahoney, M.S., L.P.C., L.M.F.T
Andrew S. Mahoney & Associates
449-B Carlisle Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
A private counseling center that works with gifted children and gifted children with learning disabilities.

Carole Ruth Harris, Ph.D.
G.A.T.E.S. Research and Evaluation
600 Main Street, Suite 6D
Box 302
Winchester, MA 01890


Some children who are gifted and who experience disabilities have a difficult time succeeding in a structured school gifted program. However, these children might be very academically successful, with some assistance, using a computer in a distance learning course. For information on the availability of distance learning, contact the regional talent search program nearest your geographical area or one of the university-based centers listed in Fact Sheets: University-Based Gifted Centers. If you are considering distance education, be sure to check the homeschooling resources on our website.

The Center for Talented Youth
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore MD

Duke University Talent Identification Program
Durham NC

Center for Talent Development (CTD)
Northwestern University, Evanston IL

Rocky Mountain Talent Search
University of Denver, Denver CO 80208

Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY)
Stanford University, Stanford, CA


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