Twice Exceptional – 2E

“Some gifted children have learning difficulties. Estimates of how many vary greatly, anywhere from 2 to 5 percent of the population to as high as 20 percent of all gifted children. One common term for these children is GT/LD – gifted and talented/learning disabled. Another – one that encompasses a broader range of problems that affect learning – is twice-exceptional, or 2e. This term refers to the fact that some gifted children are exceptional both because of their strengths and because of their limitations. Coupled with high intelligence, these children also may have one or more learning disabilities, attention deficit, emotional or behavior problems, or other types of learning difficulties.” …from 2e newsletter,

The following is a list of organizations that provide assistance to children and families:

2E (Twice Exceptional) Website:  This website and publications focuses on twice-exceptional children, including on parenting, education, and meeting their social and emotional needs.

PACER  “PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.

With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.”

Wrightslaw Wrightslaw presents accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.  While not specifically focused on the 2e child, the information offered by Wrightslaw is invaluable for parents of 2e kids.

Davidson Institute Resources to Help You Understand Twice Exceptional Students  Being gifted is part of what makes these children exceptional. Sometimes gifted children also have a learning difference or disability, which makes them double exceptional and is referred to twice exceptional. Twice exceptional (or 2e) children are a special population within the gifted community who are often overlooked. To that end, the Davidson Institute has prepared this list of “Best of Twice-Exceptional” articles and resources for your 2e family!

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)  Comprehensive information about ADHD including new research, treatments and links to individual state chapters of CHADD.

LDOnline  Broad range of information about learning disabilities and differences and their implications for academic and social development.

National Center for Learning Disabilities   Focuses on learning disabilities including resources and advocacy.

Nonverbal Learning Disorders Project   Resources and characteristics of learning disorders.

Autism Speaks  “Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout their life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families”

Autism Society  “The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates.”

Center for Collaborative Problem Solving  This site focuses on understanding and meeting the behavioral challenges of  inflexible children, including strategies for intervention that meet the needs of most children and their families.

With Understanding Comes Calm  “Our mission is to empower parents, educators and professionals to bring out the best and raise self esteem in their twice exceptional (2e) children, students, clients, and themselves through education, tailor made strategies, and advocacy training.”

The Fringy Bit  “Living with ‘kids on the fringes’ definitely has its ups and downs. The Fringy Bit exists to provide support, camaraderie, suggestions, and information for all of us who cling to the Fringy Bit of life. Whether you or your child is gifted, on the autism spectrum, has sensory processing disorder, or other higher needs, we will be here to provide REAL experiences, emotions, and tales that you can relate to. Heather and Jon are a married couple who work as psychotherapists by day and parent 3 Fringy kids by night. In our spare time, we’re facilitating this growing community of people whose life experiences are anything but typical.”

TILT Parenting  “Tilt Parenting was founded in 2016 by Debbie Reber as a podcast and online community aimed at helping parents raising differently-wired kids do so from a place of confidence, connection, and joy. Debbie is passionate about the idea that being differently wired isn’t a deficit – it’s a difference. She hopes to change the way difference is perceived and experienced in the world so these exceptional kids, and the parents raising them, can thrive in their schools, in their families, and in their lives. The TILT Parenting Podcast is a top podcast in Apple Podcast’s Kids & Family category, with more than 1 million downloads, and regularly features high-profile parenting experts and educators, as well as insightful conversations between Debbie and her 15-year-old son Asher. Debbie’s book inspired by TILT Parenting, DIFFERENTLY WIRED: Raising an Extraordinary Child in a Conventional World, was published with Workman in June 2018.”