Twice Exceptional

A 2E, or twice exceptional, child is one that is exceptional because they have both intellectual strengths but also some kind of limitation or learning difficulty that affects their ability to fluidly output their potential. Estimates of how many gifted children are twice exceptional varies greatly, from anywhere from 2 to 5 percent of the population to as high as 20 percent of all gifted children. 2E children are also sometimes referred to as being GT/LD, that is, gifted and talented, and learning disabled.  As well as being highly intelligent, 2e children can also suffer from one or more learning disability, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalcula; ADHD; or some other emotional or behavioural problem.

This article looks at some of the ways a child can be considered to be 2E.

And here you’ll find a great article on who 2E children are and what they need. Sometimes spotting a twice exceptional child is not easy; SENG provides some tips on what to look out for in order to identify twice exceptional children. This article provides ways to help frustrated twice exceptional children so that they can succeed at school.

Identifying and teaching 2E children can sometimes prove challenging in the regular classroom. This is a great article documenting what a 2E child may look like in the classroom.

Here you’ll find a comprehensive pdf. explaining all about 2E kids and how to cater for them and is written for teachers. Additionally this pdf. offers teaching strategies for 2E children. If you prefer to read blog posts rather than articles then you may enjoy this blog post which offers a discussion about what 2E kids need in order to feel supported.

It’s worth checking out twicegifted.net and Hoagies for a list of famous twice exceptional people, and a heap more information on twice exceptional children. Additionally, here you’ll find a list of books that are specifically recommended for 2E children.

Neurobiology of Learning Disorders from Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide
Finally, if you’re interested in the link between learning disabilities, neuroplasticity and mental health you may find this video by Barbara Arrowsmith Young of interest: