Recognize and support twice-exceptional (2e) learners to help them succeed in school—and beyond.
Twice-exceptional (2e) learners have often been misunderstood, disciplined, unchallenged, and left behind. Even as awareness of 2e learners has grown, educators are still in need of practical tools to recognize and support their twice-exceptional students. This book answers that need, providing teachers with accessible information about twice-exceptional diagnoses and suggested accommodations, modifications, and collaboration with other educational professionals.
Dedicated to the needs of all 2e learners, the first part of the book covers identifying and understanding 2e students, strength-based instruction, motivation and self-regulation, and executive functioning skills. The second part details how gifted students are affected by another diagnosis, including:
- Specific learning disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Processing difficulties
- Anxiety-based diagnoses
- Depression and other mood disorders
This book equips educators with information that will make it easier for them to advocate for their 2e students, including what they need to know about the individualized education plan (IEP) and Section 504 plan process. Special topics, such as gifted students with physical disabilities, students experiencing trauma, and gifted learners from diverse backgrounds, are also included.
With Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom, educators can better identify, support, and meet the needs of their 2e students.
About the Author
Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, inspired by her own experiences as a twice-exceptional (2e) learner, is dedicated to supporting 2e children—including her own—in a way she wasn’t during her academic years. She has taught in gifted classrooms, has been a school counselor, and is now in private practice as a licensed professional counselor, where she specializes in helping gifted and twice-exceptional kids.
Emily is the president and founder of the Gifted Support Network and speaks at statewide and national conferences. She also hosts The Neurodiversity Podcast, which explores parenting, counseling techniques, and best practices for enriching the lives of high-ability people. Emily lives near St. Louis, Missouri.
“This is a reader-friendly text that has lots of tools teachers can utilize easily and purposefully. It clears up misconceptions teachers may have about 2e students and provides teachers with the tools to serve the needs of these students academically and socio-emotionally.”
“As someone who received a formal diagnosis of ADHD at thirty-seven years old, thirty years after being identified as a gifted and talented student in Brooklyn, NY, I am deeply grateful for Emily’s efforts to shine a light on how to serve students like me who think a bit differently. By focusing on ‘progress, not perfection,’ she has created a practical, yet powerful way to bring new partners into this mission and push the rest of us to deepen our understanding of the challenges and benefits of twice-exceptionality and to recognize the boundless untapped potential in students who are told they are defective because their brilliance diverges from the norm.”
— Colin Seale, Founder and CEO of thinkLaw and author of Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students
“Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom is going on my list of recommended reads for all teachers. It’s loaded with practical, actionable advice that can be used by educators and parents trying to navigate the often-troubled terrain of educating a twice-exceptional child.”
— Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., founder, Gifted Guru
“Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today's Classrooms is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide to understanding, supporting, educating, and serving twice-exceptional students not only in the classroom, but also in life. This book is filled with strategies for capitalizing on strengths while improving the motivation, organization, and engagement of twice-exceptional learners. We will be recommending this guide to all of our clients.”
— Dan Peters, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, co-founder and executive director, Summit Center
“Every teacher of the gifted needs this book! Emily Kircher-Morris has done a fantastic job of combining research and practice to provide doable supports for twice-exceptional learners. You are sure to find practical tools and strategies mapped out in all the chapters. She includes templates, methods, and techniques to ensure our 2e students find success.”
— Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., educator of the gifted, author, and consultant, nRich Educational Consulting, Inc.
“Emily Kircher-Morris draws from both experience and research in putting together this strikingly practical toolkit. Packed with case examples, information, and strategies to support the many types of 2e learners, this book is a great addition to any parent or educator’s library.”
— Edward R. Amend, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, The Amend Group, Lexington, KY
“Teaching Twice-Exceptional Leaners in Today’s Classroom is a book that every educator needs, whether they teach special education or general education. It not only offers a structured, insightful look into learners who are so often overlooked, but also practical tools and actionable advice alongside compelling stories of and from twice-exceptional students.”
— Amanda Morin, Associate Director of Thought Leadership & Expertise, Understood, and author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education
“Emily Kircher-Morris has crafted an invaluable resource, full of insights, strategies, tools, and resources that will guide every 2e advocate in supporting our twice-exceptional learners. I just wish this practical guidebook had been available when I was coordinating gifted education, because it goes a long way toward normalizing neurodiversity.”
— Deb Douglas, M.S., director, GT Carpe Diem Consulting, and author of The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners and coeditor of Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students
“Teaching Twice-Exceptional Children in Today’s Classroom is a must-have resource for parents and educators. Armed with this resource, educators will be in a much better position to meet the needs of all gifted children, from academic to social-emotional needs and beyond.”
— Christine Fonseca, licensed educational psychologist, consultant, and author of Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students
“Emily Kircher-Morris has provided an exemplary resource for educators that clarifies who 2e learners are and how best to meet their instructional and support needs. I highly recommend this text to educators and advocates of twice-exceptional, gifted, and other cognitively diverse students. Well done!”
— Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., award-winning author, expert scholar in diversity and equity in gifted and advanced learner programs