Parents: Participate in Study on Giftedness and 2e

Wright Institute doctoral student Patty Lau is conducting a study on twice-exceptional children and is seeking participation from parents or guardians of children between the ages of 5-11 who attend or have attended public school within the past six years. She is inviting interested parties to complete a 15-minute survey. Please read Patty’s letter below to see how you can participate and assist with this research.

School kids readingI am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.  I am conducting a study on gifted and twice-exceptional children — those who are “exceptional” because they are cognitively gifted and who also struggle with disabilities, learning differences, or medical conditions.

There is a lack of empirical research, especially large-scale studies, on gifted and 2e students during their elementary school-age years, an important period in emotional, social and intellectual development. What experiences do these children have in public school? In what ways are gifted and 2e children similar with or different from each other? If their needs are not met in public school, would switching to either private school or homeschooling help?

The survey is designed to offer participants multiple places to give their feedback outside the confines of multiple choice and yes/no questions. We encourage participants to use these open-ended response options to share their experiences about public school, such as the benefits and disadvantages, what worked and what didn’t work for their children, and what strategies, practices, and systems made it possible for their children to develop their talents and thrive in public school. We will read every word you write and value your feedback!


There are also questions designed to identify needs and concerns for gifted and 2e children. Some of these issues have not been extensively researched and may not apply to every participant. Nonetheless, using measurable benchmarks, we hope to capture these issues, open up the space for discussion, and get a bird’s-eye view of the concerns that affect gifted and 2e students.

Please consider helping this research by participating and/or spreading the word about this nationwide survey. Participation is anonymous, confidential, and voluntary.  I would like to reach out to parents or guardians of children between the ages of 5-11 who attend (or attended in the past) public school within the last six years and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Qualified for your school district’s GATE program; or
  • Performed in the top 10 percentile on the mathematics or language arts-English section of the state’s standardized achievement test; or
  • Obtained a standard score of 120 or higher on a standardized general ability or cognitive test based on the Full Scale IQ, General Ability Index, or Verbal or Nonverbal Index.

Parents or guardians whose children are being homeschooled or are in private school (but who had attended public school) are invited to participate. Participants will be asked to complete a survey, which will take about 15 minutes. I can post the research findings for participants who are interested. I hope that the results from this study will help parents as well as school teachers, policy makers, and advocates who work with these children.

You can use this link to be directed to the consent form and study:

For more information on the study, you can also go to

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at [email protected].  If you have technical issues, or have difficulty completing the survey, the fastest way to get it resolved is to contact me via email.  My Dissertation Chair is Emily Diamond, Psy.D., who can be reached at [email protected].  Thank you very much for your support!


Patty Lau, J.D., M.A.

Editor’s note: 2e News does not necessarily sponsor or endorse this research but is providing the opportunity as a service to our readers. We encourage any and all interested parties to participate. Please direct any questions about the study to Patty Lau ([email protected]). You may contact us at [email protected].

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