This resource list is a comprehensive, although certainly not exhaustive, compilation of articles, books, websites, and other media that address the wide range of issues facing families and schools dealing with Twice Exceptionality.
“Twice Exceptional” is one label to refer to children who meet criteria for Gifted Programs as well as criteria for educational accommodations and/or special education interventions. Sometimes “2e” is used an abbreviation, or “GT/LD” is used, short for “Gifted/Talented with Learning Disabilities.” Regardless of label, these children are a complex mix of shine and struggle; tap into their high interest areas and scaffold their challenges to guide them toward their full potential.
The list starts off with articles which do a great job laying out how to explain “Twice Exceptional” traits to schools and what legal protections these students have. Next there are articles addressing general guidelines. And then articles on specific issues, like slow processing speed and executive functioning. Following that are sections to list out teaching strategies and specific curricula (with links to ebooks, pdf pages, websites); a section on books and chapters in books; a section listing out websites to include official organizations along with blogs; sections sampling relevant podcasts and a few films; and rounding out with sections on Academic Centers and a sampling of Experts.
If more people (and especially more schools) are aware of 2e students, then more 2e students will have opportunities to thrive. These students are so vulnerable to frustration or underachievement when their needs go unmet, yet they have so much potential. In this spirit, may this resource list contribute to creative collaborations which will improve outcomes for 2e students.
Cathi McCutchan is mom to a 2e teen and former mental health professional. She practiced Dance/Movement Therapy for 10 years. She has also done professional editing and research, especially in regard to the Creative Arts Therapies. Cathi completed the WI Partners in Advocacy program in 2014. Her areas of expertise include food allergies, diabetes, expressive language disorders, Down syndrome, ADHD, Asperger’s, and Section 504. She is still getting up to speed on 2e and writing disorders.