Some students with learning and attention issues have outstanding skills in certain academic areas. These kids are often called “twice-exceptional” (or 2E) learners. They’re exceptional in two ways. They’re gifted, and they have learning issues.
They also face unique challenges, not the least of which are myths and misconceptions about being 2E. If you have a 2E child, you may hear all kinds of things that give you pause. Here’s the reality behind seven common misconceptions.
Myth #1: Being gifted makes up for having a learning or attention issue.
Twice-exceptional students can be confusing to teachers (and to parents). It can be hard to recognize or understand the signs. Sometimes giftedness may mask learning and attention issues. Other times the extreme strengths and weaknesses “cancel each other out.” In either case, 2E students can look as if they have average abilities.
But when you look more closely at where they shine and where they struggle, it becomes clear that they really are 2E. No matter how well they can use their strengths, they still have learning and attention issues for which they need support.