Rebecca Lopez, M.A., Ed.S.
Director of Advanced Academic and Gifted Services
A twice-exceptional student is one who is formally identified as having
- a learning disability, emotional disorder, communication disorder, and/or physical disability
- is also formally identified as gifted in one or more areas including intellectual ability, specific academic ability, or is recognized for extraordinary talent in creative and/or artistic areas or leadership.
HOW ARE THEY RECOGNIZED?
GT Identified First
- Achievement noticed first
- Strengths or "gifts" often fostered through GT programs
- Often passed over for special ed. support because they may be achieving at grade level (Baum, 1991)
Disability Identified First
- Often failing in school
- First noticed for what they cannot do
- Most "at risk" because the special ed. label tends to have a focus on deficits
- Often difficult for them to give themselves credit for abilities
- Acquisition of basic skills emphasized over creative productive behavior (Baum, 1991)
Neither GT nor Disability Identified
- Disability masks "gifts"
- "Gifts" mask disability
- Intellectual ability masks disability
- Often gifts emerge in specific content areas or particular learning environments where nontraditional methods are used (Baum, 1991)
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