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:

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.”

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

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.

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

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 Associatio
Includes information about nonverbal learning disorders, how they may be evidenced at home and school and offers suggestions for treatment options.

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.”


Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children

Turbulent Minds: Gifted, ADD, or Both

The Role of Parents in Helping Gifted Children with Learning Problems

Reducing Stress: Helping twice-exceptional students understand their exceptionalities