What’s not often well-known or well-understood is that students who are gifted may also have a special need or disability— just as students with disabilities may also be gifted. The term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2E,” is used to describe gifted children who, have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria.
People with high intelligence are often very demanding of themselves and others. Not being able to live up to the high expectations they have of themselves often brings about anxiety, procrastination, depression, troubles with food, alcohol and drugs and or relationship issues (including not having relationships). By addressing depression and anxiety, as well as social struggles, with an integrated understanding of how giftedness intensifies these issues, true healing and growth can occur.
This can be very challenging, both in terms of identification and in terms of finding ways to address both the gifted and special needs sides of the child adequately. Please join Fusion Lake Forest and our guest speaker, Joanna Haase Ph.D., MFT, to learn more about the 2E child.
Fusion Academy Lake Forest
840 S Waukegan Road,
Lake Forest, IL 60045