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Twice Exceptional Students

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2E Newsletter

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2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter is a publication about twice-exceptional children-- gifted and having learning difficulties that go by many names:  learning disabilities, learning disorders, and learning differences.  2e views the 2e child as a whole person, beyond the high IQ, the quirkiness, or the disabilities.


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Students who are advanced in some learning areas and challenged in others (or, "twice-exceptional/2E") have a unique profile of significant strengths and weaknesses. They may have behavior issues.  Sometimes they may have an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Some examples of learning area challenges:

  • Students with behavioral challenges such as difficulty focusing, self control issues, and defiance of classroom rules and procedures.
  • Students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or visual or auditory processing difficulties.
  • Limited English Proficient Students are often enrolled in READ 180 or System 44 to help support their acquisition of English, but may be advanced in math.

If a 2e student is advanced in one subject area, he/she can be considered ALPS in a single subject.  Doing this may help them work within their strength area and may motivate them to persevere in their areas of challenge.  

Twice-Exceptional Frequently Asked Questions

Who are 2E students?

  • Recognized as gifted or highly able. They have outstanding thinking, academic, and/or artistic talents. May be identified with a learning disability and receiving special education services. They may have poor reading, writing, and/or math skills.
  • Bright students who are struggling in school and not reaching their potential.
  • To help you determine if your child may be 2E, see "Characteristics of 2E Students."

How are 2E students first recognized?

  • When educators and parents are aware of 2E characteristics and recognize the pattern of strengths and weaknesses within the student.
  • School teams begin problem-solving using Student Success Team (SST) guidelines. They make recommendations and document the student's response to interventions and supports.

What do these students need?

  • Challenging instruction in their areas of strength
  • Instruction to improve the areas of weakness
  • Individualized accomodations
  • Case management and social/emotional support

What is SST Consultation?

  • Consultation provides school staff with recommendations and strategies to support and challenge the students in the local school.
  • School staff can request consultation for individual students.
  • If parents feel this support is needed, they can contact their school ALPS Liaison, who will submit a 2E Consultation Request Form.

2e Student Profiles-- Who Are They & What Can You Do?

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  • 2e students are advanced in some areas and have a learning, emotional, behavioral, or social issue that impacts their ability to move forward in life.
  • This uneven development (asynchrony) can cause ...more


Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities or Supersensitivities in Gifted Children

By Carol Bainbridge

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Overexcitability and the Gifted

by Sharon Lind

A small amount of definitive research and a great deal of naturalistic observation have led to the belief that intensity, sensitivity and overexcitability ...more

Additional 2E Resources and Weblinks