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Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar


September 22, 2022
Neurodiversity-Affirming Learning for
Twice-Exceptional Students
Emily Kircher-Morris
 

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Twice-exceptional (2e) learners are both gifted and have another diagnosis (like autism, ADHD, learning disability, anxiety, and more). They need support for both their advanced cognitive abilities and areas of struggle. Drawing from experiences as a gifted education teacher and clinical mental health counselor, Emily Kircher-Morris will synthesize what we know about twice-exceptional learners to help participants develop an awareness of how they can best help twice-exceptional kids and teens find success academically, socially, and emotionally.
 
About Emily: Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, inspired by her own experiences as a neurodivergent person, is dedicated to destigmatizing neurodiversity and supporting neurodivergent people of all ages. She started her career as an educator and worked as a gifted education teacher and school counselor. She is now in private practice near St. Louis, Missouri as a licensed professional counselor, where she specializes in supporting gifted, twice-exceptional, and neurodivergent kids and adults (and their families).

Emily is the author of two books related to the development of children and teens who are neurodivergent and cognitively gifted. “Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today's Classroom" (Free Spirit Publishing, 2021) focuses on supporting 2e learners in the educational setting, and the forthcoming "Raising Twice-Exceptional Children: A Handbook for Parents of Neurodivergent Gifted Kids" (Routledge, 2022) is a guide for parents navigating the world of twice-exceptionality.

Emily hosts The Neurodiversity Podcast, which explores the psychological, educational, and social needs for enriching the lives of neurodivergent people. She speaks at statewide, national, and international conferences and frequently provides virtual and in-person professional development to educators, mental health clinicians, and parents worldwide.

Online Resources on Twice-Exceptional Students

The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at BridgesThe 2e Center is a first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary hub where professionals, scholars, and practitioners combine expertise to enhance understanding of the growing population of 2e students. The primary goals of the Center are to create awareness, offer professional development, provide outreach, and generate projects that will improve services for the special population of children known as twice exceptional (2e). 

The site includes a page of Further Reading.

2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter: for parents, educators, and other professionals.

The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS)an organization of professionals, parents and others concerned for the success of individuals whose school performance is not commensurate with their exceptional intellectual and creative abilities. 

Serving Twice-Exceptional Gifted Learners, a special issue of Gifted Education Communicator, published by the Calfornia Association of the Gifted.

Twice-Exceptional articles on SENG: SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Twice-Exceptional page on Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: the all-things-gifted page.

Twice-Exceptional articles on SENG: SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Twice-Exceptional pageon Wrightslaw: Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. 

The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma, a publication of the National Education Association

Twice Exceptional Learners, a special issue of Gifted Child Today

Twice Exceptionality: a special issue of Gifted Child Quarterly, published by the National Association of Gifted Children (Volume 57 Issue 4, October 2013). Some articles available online; full access by joining the NAGC. 


Ideas and Information from Past Twice-Exceptional Students Seminars

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Access the full list of past presentations, resources, and recommendations at the Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar Archive

History of the Seminar

Our first seminar on the topic of twice-exceptional (2e) learners was held in September 2011, initially supported by the Twice-Exceptional Foundation, which was funded by the Arts Education Task Force established by Flora Templeton Stuart. Almost every year since then, we have offered a Twice-Exceptional Student Seminar to provide information and strategies on supporting these learners, who are defined as having at least one exceptional ability and disability. All presenters are world-renowned experts on the topic. Although educators have often made up the bulk of the audience, parents and students themselves are invited and welcomed too, and participation is free to all.

 

National Twice-Exceptional Community of Practice Definition

Twice-exceptional 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,
  • and 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.

REFERENCE: Baldwin, L., Baum, S., Pereles, D., & Hughes, C. (2015). Twice-exceptional learners: The journey toward a shared vision. Gifted Child Today, 38 (4), pp. 206-214.


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