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Gifted and Twice Exceptional

Gifted and twice exceptional

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Gifted kids can be quirky! They need deep understanding and a sensitive approach to support them in their asynchronous development. We do that. Overexcitabilities abound and intensity is their middle name. Perfectionism is their first name. Add a sprinkle of challenge and you may have a recipe for disaster if they don't feel true partnership in tackling the problem together. 

Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally." (The Columbus Group, 1991)

Now just for fun, add a learning disability to giftedness and you've got a twice exceptional child on your hands. Even more understanding and deeper respect are required to develop a relationship of support, progress, and change.

Twice exceptional children have both gifts and disabilities. The child who can discuss and debate advanced concepts, but was slow to read and struggles with written output may have a learning disability. The student who is mathematically talented but cannot manage the social expectations of school may have a mild autistic spectrum disorder. The child who is an eager learner, but cannot consistently focus or organize work may have ADHD. For most 2e children, their unusual struggle, the persistence of their challenges, and the parental support required just to keep them at grade level are not evident at school. Because symptoms of giftedness and disability coincide/present simultaneously, each exceptionality may mask the other or the combination of both may make the child appear average to teachers. (Gifted Development Center)