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Brilliant learners "Exceptional learners with disabilities"
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Twice ­Exceptional students
Gifted students with disabilities

Introduction

Gifted students with disabilities are at risk because their educational and social emotional
needs often go undetected. The resulting inconsistent academic performance can lead
educators to believe twice-exceptional students are not putting forth adequate effort.
Hidden disabilities may prevent students with advanced cognitive abilities from
achieving their potential. The frustrations related to unidentified strengths and disabilities
can result in behavioral plans become the focus to their interventions.
The behaviors are managed but the underlying disabilities are never addresses. School
can become a very frustrating experience for struggling twice-exceptional students, their
teachers and parents.
A collaborative effort between classroom teachers, special educators, gifted educators
and parents is needed to identify twice- exceptional students and implement strategies to
meet their diverse needs. It is essential that the disabilities are identified early so
appropriate interventions can be provided at optimum times .Unfortunately, the struggles
of many twice-exceptional students go unnoticed for many years resulting in learning
gaps and undeveloped potentials.
Twice ­exceptional students will continue to be at risk until educators can learn about
and understand the educational and social/emotional needs of twice-exceptional students.
Educators can implement strategies to develop their potential, to identify learning gaps
and provide explicit instruction, to support the development of compensatory strategies,
to foster their social /emotional development, and to enhance their capacity to cope with
mixed abilities

The goals:
1- Recognize and nurture outstanding potential so that gifted students with
disabilities may become all that they are capable of becoming
2- How these types of student can can be integrated in the society.

Description

The twice ­exceptional students are: students who are identifies as gifted and talented in
one or more areas of exceptionality (specific academics, general intellectual ability,
creativity, leadership, visual, spatial or performing arts).

Characteristics of Twice-Exceptional Children

The following list should be viewed as characteristics which are typical of many children
who are gifted and who also have a disability, rather than characteristics which all such
children possess. These twice-exceptional children do not form a simple, homogeneous
group; they are a highly diverse group of learners.


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Indicators of Cognitive/Affective Strengths

· Have a wide range of interests that are not related to school topics or learning.
· Have a specific talent or consuming interest area for which they have an exceptional
memory and knowledge.
· Are interested in the big picture rather than small details.
· Are extremely curious and questioning.
· Possess high levels of problem-solving and reasoning skills.
· Have penetrating insights.
· Are capable of setting up situations to their own advantage often as a coping method.
· Are extremely creative in their approach to tasks and as a technique to compensate for
their disability.
· Have an unusual imagination.
· Are humorous often in bizarre ways.
· Have advanced ideas and opinions which they are uninhibited in expressing.
· Have a superior vocabulary.
· Have very high energy levels.

Indicators of Cognitive/Affective Problems

· Have discrepant verbal and performance abilities.
· Have deficient or extremely uneven academic skills, which cause them to lack academic
initiative, appear academically unmotivated, avoid school tasks, and frequently fail to
complete assignments.
· Are extremely frustrated by school.
· Have auditory and/or visual processing problems which may cause them to respond
slowly, to work slowly, and to appear to think slowly.
· Have problems with long-term and/or short-term memory.
· Have metrical difficulties exhibited by clumsiness, poor handwriting, or problems
completing paper-and-pencil tasks.
· Lack organizational skills and study skills; often appearing to be extremely messy.
· Are unable to think in a linear fashion; have difficulty following directions.
· Are easily frustrated; give up quickly on tasks; are afraid to risk being wrong or making
mistakes.
· Have difficulty explaining or expressing ideas, getting-to-the-point, and/or expressing
feelings.
· Blame others for their problems while believing that their successes are only due to
luck.
· Are distractible; unable to maintain attention for long periods of time.
· Are unable to control impulses.
· Have poor social skills; demonstrate antisocial behaviors.
· Are highly sensitive to criticism.



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Analysis, discussion, actualization

Gifted students are a multidimensional process:

Gifted children means: those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose
abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require
special provisions to meet their educational needs. Children under five, who quality, may
also be served. Gifted students are capable of high performance in any or a combination
of these areas:
1- General intellectual ability
2- Specific academic aptitude
3- Creative, productive thinking
4- Leadership and human relation skills
5- Visual and performing arts.


Provide Equitable Access to Screening for Gifted Education Services
All children (at the district-designated assessment grade/s) participate in the screening
process. It is more likely that exceptional abilities and evidence of potential achievement
in traditionally underserved children will be recognized.

Use Multiple Sources, Tools, and Criteria for a Body of Evidence
Multiple sources and tools allow children to reveal their exceptionalities or potential. A
variety of assessment tools should be used to collect information on a student whose
background or talent area makes him/her unique from others.

1- Intellectual Ability
2- Achievement
3- Behavioral Characteristics
4- Demonstrated Performance

Seek to find underachieving learners who may be identified only through ability testing;
likewise, seek to find underachieving learners who may not be identified through
traditional testing but whose giftedness is obvious in focused and deliberate observations
of performance on problem-solving tasks. Use a balanced approach to find
underachieving students with both standardized test scores and behaviors/performances.
Collect data about learners who have documented learning needs in other areas; e.g.,
Special Education. Ensure that gifted education personnel understand the categories of
disabilities and the specific Special Education designations that impact the learning
process.







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Students with disabilities
It is most important and relevant to student's educational success to provide the best
research based instructional intervention and support possible, for some students, early
interventions will prevent the educational difficulties from becoming a disability.
1. Twice-exceptional students must have disability .identified students with
disabilities exhibit a marked difference between ability and achievement and
evidence of processing deficit.
2. In addition to the current process of using the "discrepancy formula" to determine
the presence of a learning disability. IDEA reauthorization allows districts to use
a process that determines if the child responds to scientific researches ­Based
interventions.
Points to consider when identifying gifted students with disabilities:
1. Twice-exceptional students typically demonstrate outstanding performance in
either the verbal IQ or performance IQ. If students have a significant discrepancy
between Verbal IQ and performance IQ, the full scale IQ will not be a true
indication of their ability.
2. Twice-exceptional students usually have higher scores on vocabulary, similarities,
information, and comprehensive and lower scores on arithmetic's, digit span,
coding, and sequencing.
3. Achievement discrepancies can exist between oral and written expression, basic
reading skills and reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning and
calculation...
4. Discrepancy between verbal and non verbal scores may be present on the
Cognitive Abilities Test.
5. Students may be performing at grade level and be eligible for twice-exceptional
programming because they have a discrepancy between ability and achievement.
6. Twice-exceptional students tend to struggle with executive functioning
organization, memory, written output and sometimes reading decoding and math
calculation.
Individual Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Twice-Exceptional Students
When Congress approved the Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) in November of 2004, IDEA acknowledged the needs of twice-
exceptional children for the first time. It added gifted and talented students who have
disabilities to the groups of students whose needs have priority in U.S. Department of
Education grants to guide research, personnel preparation, and technical assistance.

The National Association for Gifted Children regarding specific learning disabilities on
their web site. Below is the text regarding specific learning disabilities, which is the type
of disability with the highest incidence in the twice-exceptional population? Although
districts may, they are not required to accept a discrepancy between ability and
performance in determining whether a student has a learning disability. The new law
would allow districts to use a process that determines if the child responds to scientific,
research-based interventions. Currently in Colorado, several districts and the state have
begun conversations about this, and guidelines are being developed and piloted.



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IDEA EVALUATIONS, ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS,
INDIVIDUALIZED
EDUCATION
PROGRAMS
AND
EDUCATIONAL
PLACEMENTS.

Evaluation Procedures.-
* Specific Learning Disabilities.-
IN General when determining whether a child has a specific learning disability as
defined, a local educational agency shall not be required to take into consideration
whether a child has a severe discrepancy between achievement and intellectual ability in
oral expression, listening comprehension, written expression, basic reading skills, reading
comprehension, mathematical calculation, or mathematical reasoning.
ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY.- In determining whether a child has a specific learning
disability, a local educational agency may use a process that determines if the child
responds to scientific, research-based intervention as a part of the evaluation procedures.

Learning Disabilities in IDEA
Conduct of evaluation.- In conducting the evaluation, the local educational
Agency shall -
Use a variety of assessment tools and strategies to gather relevant functional,
developmental, and academic information, including information provided by the parent,
that may assist in determining -
1. Whether the child is a child with a disability; and
2 the content of the child's individualized education program, including information
related to enabling the child to be involved in and progress in the general curriculum, or
for preschool children, to participate in appropriate activities;

not use any single procedure, measure, or assessment as the sole criterion
For determining whether a child is a child with a disability or determining an appropriate
educational program for the child.
Use technically sound instruments that may assess the relative contribution of
cognitive and behavioral factors, in addition to physical or developmental factors.

Additional requirement.- Each local educational agency shall ensure that -
tests and other evaluation materials used to assess a child under this section
1. Are selected and administered so as not to be discriminatory on a racial or cultural
basis.
2. are provided and administered in the language and form most likely to yield
accurate information on what the child knows and can do academically,
developmentally, and functionally, unless it is not feasible to so provide or
administer
3. Are used for purposes for which the assessments or measures are valid and
reliable.
4. Are administered by trained and knowledgeable personnel.
5. Are administered in accordance with any instructions provided by the producer of
such tests.

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The child is assessed in all areas of suspected disability; and assessment
tools and strategies that provide relevant information that directly assists
persons in determining the educational needs of the child are provided.

assessments of children with disabilities, including homeless children with
disabilities, children with disabilities who are wards of the State, and children
with disabilities in military families, who transfer from one school district another
school district in the same academic year, are -
1. Coordinated with such children's prior and subsequent schools as
necessary to ensure timely completion of full evaluations.
2. completed within time limits -
3. established for all students by Federal law or State plans
4. That computes the commencement of time from the date on which such
children are first referred for assessments in any local educational agency.

. SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY.-

A. IN GENERAL. - The term 'specific learning disability' means a disorder in 1 or 2
More of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using
language, spoken or written, which disorder may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to
listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations.
B. DISORDERS INCLUDED. - Such term includes such conditions as perceptual
disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental
aphasia.
C. DISORDERS NOT INCLUDED.- Such term does not include a learning problem
That is primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental
Retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic
Disadvantage. Although they are not included in this section of IDEA which is limited to
Specific Learning Disabilities, many states, including Colorado, do include these other
categories of disorders as factors when determining if a student is Twice-exceptional.

Six steps to Strategic Planning for Twice-Exceptional Students

1. Identify stakeholders. The first step in implementing change is to identify the
stakeholders, those people who will be impacted by the change or will play a role
in implementing change. Stakeholder groups for twice-exceptional education
should include representatives from gifted education, special education, classroom
teachers, administrators, counselors, students, and parents.
2. Organize a steering committee. The steering committee must include
representative from each stakeholder group. Select members who are innovators
and early adaptors. This group will guide the work in developing a plan and
implementing change.
3. Build collaboration. A collaborative team effort is recommended to address the
unique needs of twice-exceptional students. Work to develop a collaborative
effort through training and discussions. Remember, each stakeholder group must
have a voice and must become part of the collaboration

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4. Determine Needs and Identify problems and/or issues. Identify the concerns of
each stakeholder group. What are the specific needs of twice-exceptional students
and what are the problems/issues that prevent these needs from being met?
5. Develop an action plan. Having a clear understanding of what you want to
accomplish unifies the commitment of the team. The action plan should include:
goals, strategies to achieve goals, anticipated resistance or obstacles you may
encounter, resources needs, and May a way to measure progress/success.
6. Implement and sustain change. To sustain change it must be integrated in to the
educational system. Determine how identification and programming can be
integrated into the system that already existed. Plan for extensive training and
written documentation to support successful implementation of the plan

Programming Strategies for Gifted Students with Disabilities

The needs of most twice-exceptional students can be met in the regular classroom
through appropriate identification and an individualized approach. However, the
classroom teacher must have support from both gifted educators and special educators to
Implement effective strategies. The best results are achieved when there is collaboration
between the classroom teacher, gifted educator, special educator, parents, and the student.

Programming for twice-exceptional students must include strategies to:
· nurture the student's strengths and interests
· foster their social/emotional development
· enhance their capacity to cope with mixed abilities
· identify learning gaps and provide explicit instruction
· support the development of compensatory strategies

A Continuum of Services

The unique characteristics of individual students should determine the type and level of
support services the student receives. Some twice-exceptional students will require more
intensive services than others. Because gifted and twice-exceptional students differ in a
variety of ways, their needs require appropriate placement along several continuums:

A continuum of services is the variety of delivery and programming options available to
gifted and talented students for meeting educational and affective needs.

A continuum of delivery of services refers to where twice-exceptional students receive
services: general classroom, resource room, classroom cluster groups, interest groups,
magnet classrooms, and special schools for gifted students, vertical team groups, learning
clusters for special interests or topics, mentorship's, or special education.

The continuum of learning refers to the content standards and benchmarks, K-12, that
allow for continuous learning and/or acceleration based upon progress monitoring and
student achievement in the content benchmarks.


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A continuum of programming options refers to the curricular and affective opportunities
provided through implementation of programming components (structure, content
options, differentiated instruction, and affective guidance.)

Nurture Students' Strengths and Interests

Programming for gifted education seeks to nurture and develop the strengths and interests
of students. All gifted students require balanced gifted programming over time. These
programming components for gifted education are based upon national standards,
research, and best practices in gifted education. Implementing these strategies will
improve students' motivation, develop confidence, and support student achievement.
These are the recommended programming components to nurture gifted potential in
twice-exceptional students:

Strength/Interest Accommodation
1- Differentiated Instruction
2- Affective Guidance & Counseling
3- Acceleration
4- Content Extension
5- Higher Order Thinking Skills

Acceleration
Acceleration is the appropriate movement of a student and/or curriculum by pace or place
to match learning opportunities with student strengths, readiness, and needs.

· Single Subject Acceleration: The delivery of curriculum by either moving the child into
a higher grade level or providing higher grade-level curriculum in age-based classrooms.
· Concurrent Enrollment: Attending classes in more than one grade or building. (E.g. A
middle school student attends a class at the high school).
· Post-Secondary Options: High school students are allowed to spend part of their day
attending classes at a local college or university and receive both high school and college
credit.
· Rocky Mountain Talent Search: Students take the SAT or ACT in middle school and
can qualify for advanced level courses at universities throughout the country.
· Correspondence/Distance Learning: Courses taken within or outside regular school time
for personal interest or credit.
· Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate: Students take AP or IB high school
courses and take a test to qualify for college credit.
· Independent Study: Students pursue an area of interest in-depth or required curriculum
at a pace that meets their individual needs.

Content Extension

Content Extension is providing greater depth or breadth to the educational experiences
through enhanced curriculum or academic programs and competitions. Content Extension
should be a systematic plan for extending students' learning in the following ways:

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· Opportunity for real-life research and independent study
· Academic programs and competitions
· Mentors

Higher-Order Thinking Skills

Curriculum for twice-exceptional students should challenge their thinking and problem-
solving skills. The Socratic questioning method helps students formulate questions and
think through problems. Twice-exceptional students often struggle with executive
processes. They have a difficult time organizing, prioritizing, and generalizing
information. Teachers can help by modeling and teaching met cognitive skills. Use think
aloud to help students develop their thinking language.

Higher-Order Thinking Skills include:

· Analytical Thinking Skills--various cognitive processes that deepen understanding of
knowledge and skills.
· Critical Thinking Skills--various thinking skills that are used to analyze and evaluate in
order to respond to an argument or position.
· Executive Processes--various cognitive skills involved in organizing, synthesizing,
generalizing, or applying knowledge.
· Creative Thinking Skills--various cognitive skills that are involved in creative
production.
· Creative Problem Solving--Provides an excellent structure for helping twice
exceptional students learn how to creatively solve problems.

Social/Emotional Support

Twice-exceptional students need a nurturing environment that supports the development
of the students' potential. An encouraging approach is recommended over implementing
measures from a punitive perspective.

Teachers provide a nurturing environment when:

· They value individual differences and learning styles;
· The development of student's potential is encouraged;
· Students' readiness, interests, and learning profile shape instruction;
· Excellence is defined by individual growth;
· Flexible grouping is used for instruction;
· Students are assessed in multiple ways;
· Instruction includes activities for multiple intelligences.





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Social/Emotional Issues

Making friends can be difficult for twice-exceptional students. They may need help
developing peer relationships and opportunities to work with peers of similar abilities and
interests. Friendship groups help twice-exceptional students learn how to make and keep
friends.

Twice-exceptional students can be very self-critical and this can lead to dysfunctional
perfectionism. Counseling is needed to address their unique needs and should be
available on an as-needed basis.

Developing an awareness of their strengths and challenges is beneficial for twice
exceptional students. Role playing can help students learn how to become a self-advocate
and how to ask for help when it is needed.

Lack of organizational, time management, and study skills can have a negative impact on
the emotional well-being and school performance of twice-exceptional students. They
need explicit instruction to develop those skills and specialized intervention services
related to challenge areas.

Learning how to set personal goals and how to develop sequential steps or a series of
short-term goals to achieve long-term goals can be beneficial for twice-exceptional
learners. Career and college guidance is essential for these students.

Steps to Create an Individual Plan

The focus of the individual plan must be to develop the student's strengths. Success in the
strength areas promotes the development of a strong self-concept and self-efficacy.
Instruction that builds on the student's interests can motivate them to persevere when
learning challenges cause them to struggle in school. Appropriate assessments must be
used to identify hidden disabilities and learning gaps. Twice-exceptional students need
explicit instruction in their specific deficit areas. Teaching students compensatory
strategies helps them learn strategies they can use independently to be successful.

Identify Students' Strengths, Interests, and Challenges.

Select Specific Strategies Based on Student Needs.

· Strength/Interest-Based Accommodations
· Accommodation to Access Learning
· Explicit Instruction for Compensatory Strategies
· Explicit Instruction for Intervention/Remediation





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Complete the Twice-Exceptional Strategies Plan.

Educational Planning for a Continuum of Abilities

Strength/Interest-Based Accommodations

These are instructional strategies that provide a stimulating educational environment
emphasizing high-level abstract thinking, creativity, and a problem-solving approach.
They build on intrinsic motivation and promote active inquiry, experimentation, and
discussion. Emphasis is placed on students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.
Teachers shape instruction with multi-option assignments that enable students to use their
strengths to demonstrate their knowledge. Examples: Pre-testing and compacting the
curriculum to eliminate unnecessary drill; orbital studies related to some facet of the
curriculum that allow students to investigate a topic in greater depth and become the class
expert.
Accommodations to Access Learning
These are instructional and/or behavioral strategies that, when implemented, provide
students with access to the curriculum. Accommodations do not change the content of the
curriculum being taught. Rather, they change how the content is presented and/or how a
student demonstrates mastery. Examples: Shortened assignments, providing copies of
notes during a lecture, providing extra time, and teacher-read directions.
Explicit Instruction: Compensatory Strategies
These are skills taught to students that, when implemented by the student, will allow
them to complete tasks independently. The goal is to teach a student compensatory
learning strategies so they will learn to initiate the strategies independently in order to be
successful in the learning environment. Examples: Use of spell checker, re-read aloud
when editing written work, color-coding for organization, etc.
Explicit Instruction: Intervention/Remediation
Utilize recommended assessments to identify learning gaps and then provide explicit
instruction/remediation in the specific deficit area(s). Examples: Identifying phonological
core deficits and providing explicit instruction in segmenting and blending speech
sounds.

Parenting gifted students with disabilities

1. Create a home environment that nurtures your child's strengths and interests.
2. Build a working relationship with your child's school and keep the lines of
communication open between home and school.
3. If your child is depressed dislikes schools, underachieves or develops behaviors
problems communicate your child's problems and needs to the scrolls.
4. Work in partnership with the school to identify your child's learning and/or social
emotional problems
5. Collaborate with the school to develop a suitable educational plan for your child
that addresses his/her needs.
6. Help your child learn skills needed to be successfully in schools. Assist with
homework and projects, but do not assume responsibility

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7. Remember that the role of the parents change as the child reaches different ages.
8. equate successes with effort not ability and view mistakes as a values step in
learning
9. Help your child learn how to become a self ­advocate.
10. Encourage your child to develop the skills necessary to become independent life-
long learners.
11. Advocate for your child, but don't overprotect him/her. Hold your child accountable
for his/her behavior and achievement
Parent Advocacy
1. Build a working partnership with your child's school
2. work with the school's staff to improve educational opportunities for all students
3. support the positive efforts of teachers and school staff to meet the individual
educational needs of students
4. participate on school committees like the school's accountability committee and
school enrichment or activity committees
5. Volunteer your time to assist with the activities or help in the classroom media
center, computer lab, etc...
When Children Experience Problems in School
1. Know the child.
· What are his/her special interests, strengths, and struggles?
· How does the child interact with peers, older children, younger children?
· How does the child feel about trying new things or making mistakes?
2. Clarify the issues and try to get a sense of the real problems by discussing them
thoroughly with the child.
3. Schedule a meeting with the classroom teacher.
· Approach the teacher with care and sensitivity.
· Plan the meeting and topics to discuss.
4. during the conference:
· Keep the conversation a positive learning exchange.
· Start with positive comments about the school and the teacher. Thank the teacher
For ..............
· Communicate expectations and share specific examples of the child's work, feelings,
strengths, struggles, interests, and after-school activities.
· Listen carefully to what the teacher has to say.
· Express willingness to help resolve the problem and work collaboratively toward a
positive solution.
· Decide together what the child, you, and the teacher will do.
· Determine a reasonable timeline and establish when the effort will begin and when
Progress will be evaluated.
5. after the conference:
· Keep the lines of communication open.
· Schedule a follow-up meeting to assess progress.
6. If the child continues to struggle, ask that he/she be referred to the school's student
Study team. This team will develop a plan to meet individual educational needs and
Recommend specific intervention strategies. If problems persist, the student study
Team will refer the child to special education for assessment.

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Conclusion

Twice exceptional-students are difficult to identify because they possess the
characteristics of gifted students and the characteristics of students with disabilities.
Gifted characteristics may mask disabilities or disabilities may mask gifted potential. The
strength, the disabilities or both may not be identified.

When gifted students begin to struggle in school, their identification for gifted services is
sometimes questioned. Just because students have disabilities does not mean they are not
gifted. Many eminent people have struggled in school and later gone on to make
substantial contributions to society. Not achieving commensurate with ability should
raise a red flag that there is the possibility a disability may be impacting learning.

Disabilities in gifted students can go unnoticed for years and valuable windows for
effective interventions are missed. It is important to identify the disability as early as
possible to prevent the development of behavioral and social/emotional issues.
Students identified with a disability should be screened at the district-designated
assessment grade/s to provide equitable access to gifted education services for all
students.

Strengths and disabilities may risk mask each other and the student may appear to have
average ability. However, inconsistent performance may indicate the presence of gifted
potential and disabilities. It is important to focus on developing potential and providing
strategies to help students when they struggle. Research-bases strategies for twice-
exceptional students can be implemented before formal identification is achieved.
Continue to look for indicators of gifted behaviors that suggest a disability

The Twice exceptional student's strengths are:

· Superior vocabulary
· Highly creative
· Resourceful
· Curious
· Imaginative
· questioning
· Problem-solving ability
· Sophisticated sense of humor
· Wide range of interests
· advanced ideas and
Opinions
· Special talent or consuming interest

Their challenges:

· Easily frustrated

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· Stubborn
· Manipulative
· Opinionated
· Argumentative
· written expression
· Highly sensitive to criticism
· Inconsistent academic
Performance
· Lack of organization
And study skills
· Difficulty with social
Interactions

Programming

In a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher, gifted educator and special
educators, appropriate strategies will be implemented to:
· Nurture the student's potential
· support their development of compensatory strategies
· identify their learning gaps and provide explicit instruction
· foster their social and emotional development
· enhance their capacity to cope with mixed abilities.

Personnel experience and suggestions

In the school where I teach, I have two cases of twice exceptional students, one boy and
one girl. The boy has a problem in his eyes and the girl has some how a problem in
understanding the people around her.

Most of the time while I am explaining the lesson I am really surprise from the questions
that they asked me, so polite so brilliant so organized and sometimes very sociable.
In their eyes there is a special light which I feel it but I can not explain more.

These students need a special treatment, they love to be responsible. Those selves they
feel different and some of the teacher are not enough educated in this point so they treat
them like stupid and they are surprised from their notes in language and calculation

What I want to say is being different from the others its an advantage, it if the difference
we start ask question, we start to collect information, we make many researches to arrive
to the answers of the reality.

Being different is not a mistake, its is important for us to know how to deal with
differences.
To be different is how to continue living and to change life to the best in this world.



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References

1- Baum, S.M. & Owen, S.V. (2004). To Be Gifted & Learning Disabled: Strategies for
Helping Bright Students with disabilities.
2- Baum, S.M., Olenchak, F.R. & Owen, S.V. (1998). Gifted Students with Attention
Deficits: Fact and/or Fiction?
3- Bees, C. (1998). The GOLD Program: A Program for Gifted Learning Disabled
Adolescents. Roeper Review, 21



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