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What Is Twice Exceptional?

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Susan Wise Bauer

“Twice exceptional” (or 2E) is a label for children who are advanced in one or more areas, but who also have a learning difference (such as ADHD, dyslexia, or dysgraphia).

Twice exceptional students need to be challenged intellectually, but also require careful remediation and assistance in the areas where they struggle.

Learn more with these resources

http://www.uniquelygifted.org/, a site maintained by professional educator (and 2E mother) Meredith G. Warshaw, provides dozens of valuable links to studies, articles, and stories, along with very helpful information about constructing an IEP (individualized education plan).

Beverly Trail, Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students (Prufrock Press, 2010)

Kiesa Kay, ed., Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student (Avocus, 200)

Deirdre V. Lovecky, Different Minds: Gifted Children With AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits (Jessica Kingsley Publications, 2003)

Learn more from experienced parents.

Discuss 2E challenges and strategies with other parents in the Well-Trained Mind Community.  These legacy threads can get you started, and if you become a forum member, you can post your own questions.





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Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.

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