What is 2e?
Maybe you know a bright child who seems lazy — a child who just never seems to work up to his or her potential. Some gifted children have learning difficulties that make it hard for them to display their true abilities. 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 — estimates vary greatly.
One common term for these children is GT/LD — gifted and talented/learning disabled. Another — one that encompasses a broader range of problems that affect learning – is twice exceptional, or 2e. This term refers to the fact that this group of gifted children are exceptional both because of their strengths and because of their limitations. Coupled with high intelligence, these children also may have one or more learning disabilities, attention deficit, autism spectrum disorder, emotional or behavior problems, or other types of learning challenges.
Here are some articles that help to explain what twice-exceptionality is all about.
- The 2e Dilemma: Understanding and Educating the Twice-exceptional Child, by Areva D. Martin, attorney, author, and media commentator
- Don’t Get Caught in the Lazy Trap, by Linda C. Neumann, editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter
- Intellectually Gifted Students often Have Learning Disabilities by Catherine Wormald, a Lecturer in the School of Education at University of Wollongong, and originally published on The Conversation
- The Mythology of Learning, a series of articles by staff members of Bridges Academy, a school in Los Angeles for twice-exceptional students, that examine how some views and practices related to teaching and learning can be detrimental to 2e students
- No One Said It was Easy – Challenges of Parenting Twice-Exceptional Children, by Linda C. Neumann, editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter
- Programming for Twice Exceptional Students, by Charles P. Fox, attorney and founder of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic at the DePaul University Law School
- Twice-exceptional Students: Who Are They and What Do They Need? by Micaela Bracamonte, founder and executive director of The Lang School, an independent K-8school for gifted children with learning differences in New York City
- What Can We Learn from a Tale of Two Cities? by Linda C. Neumann, editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter