Twice-exceptional students or 2E students are sometimes referred to as gifted with a learning disability or gifted with a processing speed and/or working memory issue.
Our experience is that twice exceptional students are often gifted with a learning difference, or what we call GOLD Students (TM) (Gifted Operating with a Learning Difference). Dr. Linda Silverman, from the Gifted Development Center, refers to these students as visual-spatial learners.
The 8 most common challenges we see with twice-exceptional students include:
- Working memory challenges
- Processing speed
- Anxiety or frustration
- Visual perception
- Sight word vocabulary. Your child may have an impressive verbal vocabulary, but the small words often trip them up
- Pattern recognition. They may not remember words they have previously learned
Too often we see psycho-educational reports for twice-exceptional students that recommend:
- Activities to improve working memory and processing speed
- ADHD Medication, if ADHD is an issue
- Counseling for anxiety
What we often see not mentioned are:
- The learning difference that is really the key to the working memory, processing speed, sight word vocabulary and pattern recognition issues
- The visual perception issues. One psychologist who did a thorough report recognized that students who are visual learners often have visual skill problems. It is our experience that GOLD Students are several times more likely to have visual challenges than their logical, sequential and auditory peers.
Self-esteem and self-advocacy skills turn out to be the key.
As one mom said, “3D Learner significantly improved my son’s self-esteem and that was 90% of the battle”, Kim Fields, mother of twins from Parkland, FL.
We have seen parents try tutoring, which tends not to address the root cause of the challenges. Moms and dads, who have had the most success, took the following three steps:
- Decided that success was the only option. They realized their child had incredible potential.
- Assessed for whether their child learned differently and what were the blocking issues.
- Partnered with the right professional(s) to make the difference.
- First deciding that success is the only option for your smart struggling child
- Learning more about the twice exceptional student and establish if this profile fits your child; then, determining which of the challenges fits your child
- Finding the right professional to help your twice-exceptional child reach his/her full potential, and to help you to be the coach and advocate your child needs
Mira Halpert M.Ed. developed the 3D Learner Program ® for her twice exceptional daughter. Mira, who herself is a twice exceptional adult, is committed to helping twice-exceptional students to reach their potential. For more insights go to www.3dlearner.com/twice-exceptional and then call Mira at 561-361-7495