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Special Populations: Twice Exceptional

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Special Populations: Twice Exceptional Children
Jennifer Roark and Mary Ann Brady
EDU591 Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Fall 2014

Definition
Readings and Articles
Interviews with Key Persons
Parents
Guidance Counselors
Students
Regular Education Teachers
Special Education Teachers
Gifted and Talanted Teachers
Parents
Guidance Counselors
Students
Regular Education Teachers
Special Education Teachers
Gifted and Talented Teachers
Video Resources
"I feel different from my peers."
"My disability is more significant
than my gift."
"I feel as I get older, my disability will have more impact on my life."
"To help me overcome my disability, I turn to my parents or my teacher."
"Sometimes I experience sibling rivalry."
"I feel pressure to keep perfect grades, participate in activities and help at home."
"I prefer to stay at home rather than socialize with others my age."

"I have had very little contact with twice
exceptional students."
"As a counselor who has a 2e child, I have learned to help other 2e children be successful by adjusting the accommodations to the individual child."
"The earlier these children are identified, the better; therefore, ALL teachers need to be cognizant of the identification process."
"I have seen gifted children with disabilities work even harder than their classmates in order to overcome the disability."
"I wish I could do more to help my child."
"I'm not sure my child's school is adequately addressing both of my child's issues."
"My child's teachers have been very helpful."
"My daughter is gifted in art but struggles in just about every other subject. I hurt for her."
"My son is gifted in math but has reading, comprehension and spelling problems."
"Teachers have been willing to give my child additional time and modify lengthy assignments."
"I held my son back in 1st grade and now he is on grade in reading and spelling."
"I'm not sure I've ever heard the term
"twice exceptional"."
"I don't feel the faculty in our district have been properly trained to serve 2e students."
"I would like to see more cross-curricular accommodations for these students."
"I have a very gifted mathematician in my class who is learning disabled in reading. How do I help him understand word problems better?"
"Many of my learning disabled students have
above average intelligence."
"I have very few students in special education who
are also gifted in another area."
"Twice exceptional students need accommodations such
as computer access, preferential seating, modified assignments, extended time on assignments,
quiet testing centers, and organizational checks."
"Communication between child, parent, faculty and administration is key for success with 2e children."
"As an AP art teacher, I have had several gifted
artists with autism or Asperger's syndrome. Their disability did not impact pursuit of their gift."
"Some students in my advanced math class have difficulty with reading comprehension."
"One of my AP students lacks organizational skills and fails to complete daily assignments but performs exceptionally well on tests."
"Unfortunately, I think many of these students
"fall through the cracks"."
"Giftedness doesn't necessarily mean how "book smart" you are, it mostly refers to how you use your "smarts" to make connections between what is known and what is not known and how to solve problems."
Additional Resources
"Recognizing the different levels and kinds of giftedness, this book provides an insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with attention difficulties. Explaining why certain children are gifted and how giftedness is manifested, each chapter on a specific topic addresses the relevance for children with AD/HD, autism and Asperger Syndrome. Lovecky guides parents and professionals through methods of diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behavior and relationships at home and at school."
http://www.amazon.com/Different-Minds-Children-Asperger-Syndrome/dp/1853029645
"Gifted students with disabilities, also referred to as twice-exceptional children, need the strategies in Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students in order to find success in the regular classroom. By offering a thorough discussion of twice-exceptional students based on research into how gifted students with disabilities learn, the author helps teachers and education professionals develop a broad understanding of the complex issues associated with gifted students who have disabilities."
http://www.amazon.com/Twice-Exceptional-Gifted-Children-Understanding-Counseling/dp/1593634897/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_z
"Teachers looking for a way to help their exceptional and gifted students can find a wealth of information in this guide to meeting these students' needs. With contributions by noted educators, teachers are offered techniques to identify these students and how to help them in the classroom."
http://books.google.com/books/about/Uniquely_Gifted.html?id=yNyeAAAAMAAJ
What is Twice Exceptional and Gifted?
Presented by Dr. Dan Peters
Walking the Path to Success with Twice Exceptional Learners
Presented by Katharina Boser, Ph. D.
Faces of the Twice Exceptional
Twice Exceptional – Dr. Dennis Higgins
Susan Baum on Twice-Exceptionality
Jake: Math Prodigy Proud of His Autism





http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/jake-math-prodigy-proud-of-his-autism/

Action Plan
Summary of Our Findings
We saw a great deal of inconsistency in the
level of knowledge among professionals. We advocate training for teachers to help them identify and meet the needs of 2e children. We feel there are many unidentified twice exceptional children our classrooms who are not being served. The resources to serve these children are available - they simply need to be put in place and be monitored by qualified personnel.
Researching this topic has helped us
become more aware of the special
needs and considerations
unique to twice exceptional
children, and we believe this
will make us better teachers.


The 2e Newsletter is a forum for ideas and information designed for parents and professionals.
http://www.2enewsletter.com/
Goal for Advocacy Plan:
Increase outreach (parents, teachers, counselors, administration, School Board), improve identification of and make accommodations for Twice Exceptional Students.


Other 2e Resources
The Twice Exceptional Dilemma by the NEA
http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/twiceexceptional.pdf
Action Plan Presentation
"Gifted and Learning Disabled: Twice Exceptional Students"
Dawn Beckley
University of Connecticut
http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt/newsletter/spring98/sprng984.html

"Twice Exceptional Me"
Lenora Somervell
National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/adhd-related-issues/giftedness/twice-exceptional-me
"Tips for Parents: Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Children"
Warshaw, M.
Davidson Institute for Talent Development
2002
http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10140.aspx
"Supporting the Identification and Achievement of the Twice-Exceptional Student"
Frequently Asked Questions
Virginia Department of Education
September 2010
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/gifted_ed/twice_exceptional.pdf
"Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment"
National Association for Gifted Children
Position Statement
http://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/Position%20Statement/Ensuring%20Gifted%20Children%20with%20
Disabilities%20Receive%20Appropriate%20Services.pdf
"Response to Intervention for Gifted Children"
The Association for the Gifted, a Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
http://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/Position%20Statement/RtI.pdf
"Twice-Exceptionality" White Paper, March 2009
National Association for Gifted Children
http://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/Position%20Statement/twice%20exceptional.pdf
"If Gifted = Asynchronous Development, then Gifted/Special Needs = Asynchrony Squared"
Lee Singer
Hoagie's Gifted Education Page
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/asynchrony_squared.htm
"Twice Exceptional Children (2e)"
Wrightslaw
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/2e.index.htm
"Gifted and Learning Disabled: A Neuropsychologist’s Perspective Print Friendly
Nadia Webb and Antara Dietrich
SENG - Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
http://www.sengifted.org/archives/articles/gifted-and-learning-disabled-a-neuropsychologist%E2%80%99s-perspective
"Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox"
Susan Baum, 1990
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/eric/e479.html
"Gifted and Dyslexic: Identifying and Instructing the Twice Exceptional Student"
JUST THE FACTS… Information provided by The International DYSLEXIA Association
http://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/GiftedAndDyslexicFebruary2013.pdf
http://www.nagc.org/
"Twice-exceptional learners are students who give
evidence of the potential for high achievement capability
in areas such as specific academics; general intellectual ability; creativity; leadership; AND/OR visual, spatial, or performing arts AND also give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria such as specific learning disabilities; speech and language disorders; emotional/behavioral disorders; physical disabilities; autism spectrum; or other health impairments, such as ADHD."
http://www.nagc.org/get-involved/nagc-networks-and-special-interest-groups/twice-exceptional-special-interest-group#sthash.tpepNr1p.dpuf
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