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"Twice exceptional students also feel a state of confusion. As educators, we need to act as a liason and help these students decipher the confusion they face." ~Tiffany Barney on Pinterest




Dennis Higgins video


What is twice exceptional?

Twice exceptional, also known as dual exceptionality and 2e, is a situation where an individual is gifted but also has a physical, emotional, cognitive, or learning exceptionality. Some famous twice exceptional individuals include Beethoven, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Vincent Van Gogh, and FDR. Also on the list are musicians Jose Feliciano, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles, all of whom are blind; violinist Itzhak Perlman, crippled by polio; and Jack Paar, former Tonight Show host, who stutters. Unlike most gifted persons with disabilities these people are noted for their gifts and talents, not their disabilities. [Education of the Gifted and Talented (4th edition), edited by Gary Davis and Sylvia Rimm, p. 344.]


"Twice-exceptional students are gifted students with learning, behavioral, emotional, and/or social impairments. It is not uncommon for their disabilities to mask their academic potential or for their academic performance to mask their problem. Estimates suggest that more than 360,000 twice-exceptional students attend America’s schools, and current indicators reveal that this number is steadily increasing." ~National Institute for Twice Exceptionality


Characteristics of Twice Exceptional

Gifted and ADHD - Maureen Neihart

Twice Exceptional Students At a Glance - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD



  1. focus on developing strengths, interests, and superior intellectual capacities
  2. teach and encourage the use of compensations strategies; e.g., advanced organizers, technology, and communication alternatives
  3. focus attention on preventing the disability from becoming a barrier in development and expression of talent
  4. help students understand both their disability and their giftedness
  5. help students shape a healthy, realistic self concept
  6. provide enriching and stimulating cognitive experiences
  7. provide a challenging program with structure and strategies to accommodate weaknesses
  8. encourage students to take pride in accomplishments and strengths
  9. DO NOT hold experiences that "feed" interests and strengths as the carrot for good behavior and completion of remediation work

(Recommendations 1-8 from Beckley, 1998)



Twice exceptional is on Pinterest!

The Paradox of Giftedness and Autism

GT Students on the Autism Spectrum

Hoagies Gifted 2e page

Council for Exceptional Children - 2e

National Association for Gifted Children - position paper on 2e

Profiles of the Gifted

Curriculum Compacting .ppt

Cool Tools for Schools


Heartland Resources for Twice Exceptional Students


Online Databases Summaries

Summaries Online Databases 3 2011 2012.doc


Online Databases Google Site



Heartland Instructional Media/Resources



Ebook Collection


New ebook collection for middle school and high school students(nonfiction titles)--elementary titles will be added shortly




TrueFlix includes nonfiction ebooks targeted to readers in grades 3-6. The ebooks are interactive and help students understand how to read nonfiction.




Medianet is an online catalog with Heartland materials with an online check out feature.





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