Understanding Twice-exceptionality: Children with Disability and Giftedness
Lack of consensus on what constitutes twice-exceptionality, slippery definitions and problems with quantifying and measuring both giftedness and disability impede research and practice in this area. When disability and giftedness met, what is twice-exceptionality? If we have trouble defining giftedness and disability, how then do we define and cater for children who are twice-exceptional? Researchers have attempted to clarify this apparent paradoxical notion of the co-occurrence of giftedness and disability within individual children. The idiom 'twice-exceptional' was coined by Galagher in referring to children who have two exceptionalites: exceptional strengths (giftedness) and a disability. The term twice-exceptional is widely used by researchers , though it remains a relatively new term amongst educators and some parents. The label 'exceptional' is traditionally a special education term which is generally used to specify children with either exceptional 'strengths' or exceptional 'weaknesses'. This seminar will discus and propose practical strategies for those working with twice-exceptional children, proposing discussion methods and suggesting some strategies to work with.
Approaching gifted education: What works best in schools?
Special Education and Disability