Research from 2e Center leadership
The following articles were authored by members of the 2e Center staff.
• Twice-Exceptional Learners: The Journey Toward a Shared Vision
(Gifted Child Today)
For more than 50 years, the unique needs of twice-exceptional (2e) learners have challenged educators. Because of this challenge, much work has been done in different areas across the country in creating appropriate learning environments for serving this population. However, no unified way has been developed to bring together the best research and thinking regarding practice. Most importantly, no one definition has been embraced by both researchers and practitioners. To address this issue, professional organizations and specialists in the field of twice-exceptionality formed a Community of Practice and a new definition was created. This definition and how it can be used to move the field forward is presented.
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• An Operational Definition of Twice-Exceptional Learners: Implications and Applications
(Gifted Child Quarterly)
In this article, a new definition of twice-exceptional children is proposed. In addition to introducing this new definition, the authors provide a research-based rationale for the definition, offer a clear profile of twice-exceptional youth, and summarize the development of new programs and practices to enable these students to develop their gifts while simultaneously compensating for their deficits.
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The following was based on a study of Bridges Academy:
Through a Different Lens: Reflecting on a Strengths-Based, Talent-Focused Approach for Twice-Exceptional Learners
(Gifted Child Quarterly)
This study sought to understand the experiences of a cohort of students who entered a strengths-based private school for twice-exceptional students during middle school and successfully completed graduation requirements. Using a case study design, the researchers analyzed data collected from student and teacher interviews, parent focus groups, educational records, and psychological reports. Findings indicate areas of change and development across cognitive, emotional/behavioral, and social domains and identified five factors underlying student growth: psychological safety, tolerance for asynchrony, time, positive relationships, and the consistent use of a strengths-based, talent-focused philosophy.
Data also revealed four benefits from the talent development opportunities offered by the school. Participating in talent development activities enabled students to become part of a social group; to overcome some social, emotional, and cognitive challenges in context; to develop ongoing mentor and professional relationships with people in talent areas; and to develop expertise in an area of talent. This research supports the incorporation of a strengths-based, talent-focused approach for twice-exceptional learners.
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Additional, deeper findings of this study can be found in "The Mythology of Learning" series, which is linked below:
• "Abandoning Deficit Models: A Paradigm Shift"
• "In Their Own Stream: Managing Dynamic Asynchrony"
• "Differentiate or Accommodate?"
• "Academic and Emotional Readiness"
• "The 2e Profle: Multiple Perspectives"
• "Debunking the Organization Myth"
These additional selections provide a broad look at characteristics, educational strategies, advocacy, and current issues.
• The 2e Twice-exceptional Newsletter is written for parents, professionals and educators, and provides extensive resources, includes an annotated bibliography of research and writings; articles on topics such as identification, schools, and programs; book reviews; and twice-monthly email briefings. In addition, the publishers offer the “Spotlight on 2e Series,” a selection of useful booklets including “The Mythology of Learning: Understanding Common Myths about 2e Learners” and “Parenting Your Twice-exceptional Child.”
• Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities’ mission is to educate and guide parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD.
• To be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for helping bright students with LD, ADHD, and more, (Baum, S., Schader, S., & Owen, S., 2017, Prufrock Press), provides an in-depth overview of identification and diagnosis issues, patterns of accomplishments and failures, as well as information about programming, instructional strategies, and developing comprehensive IEPs.
• The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma is a handbook published by the National Education Association.
• Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) was organized to bring attention to the unique emotional needs of gifted children. The website has a number of resources for twice-exceptional students:
• Misdiagnosis and dual diagnoses of gifted children and adults: ADHD, bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, depression, and other disorders (Webb, J. T., Amend, E. R., Webb, N.E., Goerss, J., Beljan, P., Olenchak, F. R., 2005, Great Potential Press).
The following links will take you to selected state and district guidelines that can help educators better serve 2e students.
• Twice-Exceptional Students Gifted Students with Disabilities; Level 1: An Introductory Resource (Colorado Department of Education)
• Twice-Exceptional: Students with Both Gifts and Challenges and Disabilities (Idaho Department of Education)
• Twice-Exceptional Guide (Ohio Department of Education)
• A Guidebook for Twice-Exceptional Students: Supporting the Achievement of Gifted Students with Special Needs (Montgomery County Public Schools)
• Supporting the Identification and Achievement of the Twice-Exceptional Student
State and Organization Guidelines on 2e Learners
Twice-Exceptional: Students with both Gifts and Challenges or Disabilities
A Guidebook for Twice Exceptional Students
Virginia Special Education
celebratinghighpotential.com/resources2/ - Blog by Tamara Fisher, K-12 gifted education specialist and author in Montana.