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Twice Exceptionality

Giftedness & Twice Exceptional (2e) Children

What does it mean to be twice exceptional (2e)? Twice exceptional children are those that are gifted and also struggle with a learning disability, difficult behaviors or trouble regulating their emotions. They are often immensely talented and focused on their interests, and have needs in other areas that require attention and support. They may have ADHD, autism, a specific learning disability, emotional or behavioral difficulties or are differently-abled physically. Gifted and twice exceptional children face a number of challenges that can put a strain on their mental and emotional well-being.

Both groups are often misunderstood by peers, teachers, school administrators, and society as a whole. This can lead to loneliness and confusion about their place in the world. Their high achievement is also usually matched with an high level of sensitivity and intensity. They sometimes see and feel things that others may not notice. Their unique perspective can lead to feeling different and isolated from others. They may struggle with perfectionism and hold themselves and others to an unreasonably to a high standard.

Helping Gifted Kids Navigate:
  • Emotional Intensity and Emotional Regulation

  • Executive Functioning Concerns

  • Gifted and Autism (ASD)/Asperger's

  • Gifted and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)

  • Gifted and Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Gifted and Depression

  • Gifted and Specific Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia)

  • Twice Exceptional School Advocacy for Placement, Acceleration, etc.

Twice exceptional children can face unique challenges. People often only focus on their difficulties rather than their strengths, and they're often overlooked for gifted programming at school. Or conversely, teachers assume that their gifted abilities will make their other concerns disappear and that they're simply being

stubborn or lazy. 2e kids often don’t qualify for individual education plans if they score well on standardized tests, which cuts them off from vital resources. Sometimes their frustration with the struggle of being both talented and differently-abled can lead to behavioral issues like having trouble getting along with peers, disruptions in class and defiance at home. Living in a world that often misunderstands them can also lead to depression and anxiety.

As a twice exceptional informed clinician, I work from a strengths-based perspective in helping children and teens reach their full potential and find their space to flourish and thrive.  

I am a teen therapist near me providing teen counseling near me through my online therapy services. I am a counselor for teenager who also provides therapy for parents and online therapy for teens.

My latest research and supportive documents on meeting the needs of gifted and twice exceptional learners

Therapy can be transformative for a gifted or twice exceptional child and can help them to feel more at peace with themselves and the world.

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