Twice Exceptional

Learn More about giftedness




You will find further information and links relating to various aspects of twice exceptional learners in The Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side and also in Gifted Children: Resources for Parents and Teachers in WA.

Maybe you know a bright child who seems lazy – a child who just never seems to work up to his or her potential. Children who are gifted in intelligence account for three to five percent of all children. Of those, however, as many as one-fifth may have some kind of learning difficulty.

These are “2E kids” – twice-exceptional children. They’re exceptional because they’re gifted and exceptional because they have learning disabilities, learning disorders, attention difficulties, or just plain learning differences.

2E Newsletter

Spotlight on 2E series of publications

Raising 2E children – Parents’ perspectives (from NZ)

Central Auditory Processing Disorder

S’cool Moves: You and your Child’s Health. Is our educational system contributing to attentional and learning difficulties in our children? by Susan Johnson

I Can’t Write by Elaine Hook “Writing can be very difficult for some highly able or gifted children. Not the written content, but the physical act of writing.”

Minds That Soar  is an Educational Consultancy in the US but the website includes some useful links to reading and websites which take a strengths based focus.

Good vision isn’t just about good glasses – useful information about vision in a developmental sense along with information about common undetected vision problems and what to look out for

Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades by Sylvia Rimm (2E focus)

No-one Said It Was Easy: Challenges of Parenting Twice Exceptional Children by Linda Nueman

Activities to Enhance Auditory Processing by Linda Silverman

Too Tired! Energy and Wellness fin 2E Children by Marlo Thurman

10 ways to spot a 2E child

Mechanical Obstacles to Writing: What teachers can do to help students with learning problems (link takes you away from Thinking Ahead)


Dyslexia SPELD Foundation of WA

Developmental Dyslexia: Specific Phonological deficit or general sensorimotor dysfunction?

Learning Disabilities

Read more about learning disabilities in one of these articles

Gifted Children with AD/HD by Deidre Lovecky

Before Referring A Gifted Child For ADD/ADHD Evaluation by Sharon Lind

Misdiagnosis and trends in thinking about gifted children with ADHD by Kylee Edwards

Outcome-based comparison of Ritalin vs Food Supplement Treated Children with AD/HD Karen Harding PhD et al

ADHD: A difficult Diagnosis Many parents of children who have school-related problems have been told by teachers that their children may have attention deficit disorders. There are two types of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorders: inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive. It’s important for parents to know what symptoms to look for because communicating their observations will be important to their doctors for diagnosis.

When Diagnosing ADHD consider the possibility of giftedness in some children