What is a Twice-Exceptional (2e) Child?

Twice exceptional (2e) individuals evidence exceptional ability and disability, which results in a unique set of circumstances. Their exceptional ability may dominate, hiding their disability; their disability may dominate, hiding their exceptional ability; each may mask the other so that neither is recognized or addressed.
2e students, who may perform below, at or above grade level, require the following:

  • Specialized methods of identification that consider the possible interaction of the exceptionalities
  • Enriched/advanced educational opportunities that develop the child’s interests, gifts and talents while also meeting the child’s learning needs
  • Simultaneous supports that ensure the child’s academic success and social-emotional well-being, such as accommodations, therapeutic interventions, and specialized instruction.

Working successfully with this unique population requires specialized academic training and ongoing professional development.

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