Recognizing and Meeting the Needs of 2e Students

You may have heard stereotypes about gifted students — that they are verbally precocious, academically capable, and intellectually quick. But not all gifted kids match these stereotypes, and gifted kids with learning differences (twice-exceptional or 2e) often defy them. Most people familiar with 2e students know that some gifted students read slowly, forget math facts, or struggle to express themselves in writing. Perhaps because they often don’t fit the stereotype of a gifted child or a student with a learning difference, some experts believe 2e students go unrecognized or aren’t identified until late in their academic careers.

When it comes to cognitive abilities and academic skills, how are 2e students different from gifted students ...


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About Danika Maddocks

Danika Maddocks earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her doctoral studies, Danika taught elementary and middle school and earned an MA in developmental psychology at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include intelligence, assessment, students who are gifted or twice-exceptional, and the role of motivation and emotion in teaching and learning. Danika's clinical experience includes individual, family, and group therapy; school consultation; teacher coaching; and assessment, including collaborative/therapeutic assessment.