Identifying 2e Learners
Twice-exceptional learners can be difficult to identify, in large part due to the education system’s need to “track” learners. For some students, their giftedness is visible and easily identified. These students get tracked accordingly, but it goes unidentified that they are struggling with a disability and not receiving support. These students may struggle emotionally or even act out and be labeled a behavioral problem. The opposite is also true, with a student’s disability often being the more visible and more easily identified. In this case, these students are tracked accordingly and provided support, but they may be held back or frustrated due to masked giftedness.
Who can be twice exceptional?
The disabilities that overlap with 2e may include specific learning disabilities (SpLD), speech and language disorders, emotional/behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, autism spectrum, or other impairments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).