2e, Twice Exceptional, Tuesday…it has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it? While I blog a lot about our unschooling, our life, our quirks and our fun, I haven’t talked a lot about my kids with 2e…mostly because it is such a frustrating and complicated issue to get down in black and white. But I think I’m ready to find my voice, and maybe help others find their voice, too. So what is 2e, anyway?
2e…twice exceptional. As the 2e Newsletter puts it:
“These are “2e kids” – twice-exceptional children. They’re exceptional because they’re gifted and exceptional because they have learning disabilities, learning disorders, attention difficulties, or just plain learning differences.”
Or, as I put it:
“2e kids–exceptionally wonderful, and exceptionally aggravating. The kids that make their mama’s say, “Stop being so lazy!” or “Just CONCENTRATE! You did this same problem a second ago!” or “Why do you have to make everything harder than it is!” or “Why can’t you gete this right? This is the EASY part?!”
These are the wicked smart kids who end up being called ‘slow’ or failing out of school…the Richard Branson, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Walt Disney’s of the world. They are walking paradox’s.
Over at Uniquely Gifted, Meredith explains it this way:
these kids have a hard time of it in our education system – because their giftedness can mask their special needs and their special needs hide their giftedness, they are often labeled as “lazy”, “unmotivated”, “not trying”. Many people don’t even realize that a child can be both gifted and learning disabled
And what does the National Association for Gifted Children say about 2e kids?
Living and teaching these children can be extremely confusing. How can a child have an amazing memory for airplane trivia but not be able to test well on basic multiplication facts? It seems improbable that someone who knows the intricate directions to a place he’s only visited once can’t remember directions for homework or where they put their books. Yet that is exactly what can happen with twice exceptional kids. Twice-exceptional children can easily be misperceived as lazy, stubborn, careless, or unmotivated.
There are few people who have heard of, let alone understand, 2e kids. There currently is no precise test to determine it. There is no rigid guideline to recognize it. It’s tough to nail down and even tougher to understand. But I feel like the time is right to get the word out there, to all the moms and dads who are shaking their heads thinking, “What in the world do we do with this child?”. The response to the Out of the Box Thinkers group has been great, and many people have been able to share their experiences with 2e kids. And being able to share my own stories of my 3 OOTBT has been cathartic, as well.
My goal is to have a blog about 2e every Tuesday, because it’s time to spread the word. And if you recognize your kids or yourself in any of these definitions, I have a place for you over at the Out of the Box group, so come on over!
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