How can I Support Twice-exceptional Students in the Classroom?

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Twice-exceptional students need to be given extra considerations in the classroom.Twice-exceptional students include gifted learners who exhibit the following indicators:

  • Discrepancy between verbal and performance ability.
  • Extremely frustrated by school.
  • Auditory and/or visual processing problems which may cause slow response, work delay or an appearance of thinking slowly.
  • Short-term or long-term memory issues.
  • Motor difficulties exhibited by clumsiness, poor handwriting or problems completing paper-and-pencil type tasks.
  • Lack of organizational skills and/or study skills; appearing “messy.”
  • Struggle to think in a linear fashion; difficulty following directions.
  • Easily frustrated; giving up quickly on tasks; fear of being wrong or making mistakes.
  • Difficulty explaining or expressing ideas, getting-to-the-point and/or expressing feelings.
  • Holding others responsibility for their problems while writing off their achievements as luck.
  • Easily distracted; unable to maintain attention for long periods of time.
  • Impulsive
  • Poor social skills; demonstrating antisocial behavior.
  • Highly sensitive to criticism.
  • Deficient or extremely uneven academic skills which causes a lack of academic initiative, tends to appear academically demotivated, avoids school tasks, and frequent fails to complete assignments.

Twice-exceptional students should ideally receive instructions as a special group for at least part of the day. Additional teaching strategies that have proven to be successful for these students include:

  • Allowing extra time on tests
  • Providing oral rather than written exams
  • Having writers take notes for them so that the learner can concentrate on what is being said
  • Providing more challenging material
  • Accommodating the student’s individual learning style
  • Awareness and integration of each learner’s strengths and passions

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