Characteristics of 2e Children

This piece originally appeared on Medium and is reposted here with permission of the author.

As with any comprehensive list of characteristics, these characteristics are not shared by all 2e children. It is difficult to place characteristics in “ability” and “dis/ability” or “strengths” and “weaknesses” categories, because oftentimes, what could be considered a weakness in one setting, might be considered a strength in another. For example, debating with an adult about the morality of personal choices could be admired in a social setting and punished in a school setting. Or the ability to hyper focus on intellectual pursuits could be a strength at school, but a weakness at home when parents need chores done. While it is difficult to codi...


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About Melanie Hayes

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice-exceptional people find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being.