The survey also showed that only 5 percent of the 2e kids had a gifted and talented placement in an ICT classroom.Should kids be moved to older classrooms for the subjects where they excel? Phillips says it can be tricky because they don’t have the maturity level to handle the homework and social demands.In some cases, parents may opt for private schools, with smaller classes and/or curriculum tailored to a particular student’s strengths and weaknesses. Phillips recommends that parents provide a lot of enrichment outside school.
But it wasn’t until Logan was turning 5 and had his first neuropsychological assessment that his parents realized his potential, when he scored in a very superior range in visual-spatial thinking, including perception, analysis and synthesis.
This can translate into excellence in math, science and engineering.“It was a big surprise to us that he was really smart,” Choi says.
They are gifted in some way but they also face learning or developmental challenges.
Children who are both gifted and challenged can be tough to understand.
Zamora, Psy D, a neuropsychologist at the Child Mind Institute.
“When they’re reading, there are words that they don’t know how to decode but they use inferential reasoning and their overall cognitive capacity to kind of figure out what the missing word might be.And it wasn’t until first grade, when he attended an afterschool program at the Quad Mahattan, created for twice-exceptional kids, that she learned the term.Choi now offers a listserve for 2e parents in New York City.Phillips says, “as giftedness in its truest definition is not limited to intellectual potential, but instead can refer to extraordinary capabilities in creative thinking, specific academic areas, psychomotor functioning, or visual/performing arts.” She says she and most school placement decisions use a Standard Score in IQ testing of 130 as the cut-off for gifted intelligence, which would place the child in the top 2 percent of the population.Experts suggest that when a teacher sees a child who does just okay in some areas, but in one or two areas is a prodigy — or does exceptionally well in all areas except one, where she is lagging — the child should be referred for testing.This was the case at first with Jenn Choi’s son, Logan, now 14.His special needs (ADHD and then dyslexia) were identified after he was asked to leave his first preschool for his “behaviors,” which included not being able to sit in circle time.They may get a lot of criticism from parents and teachers: “You’re just not trying on this math!” Their self-esteem suffers and they may experience depression. “Frustrated by their difficulties, they act out in infinite ways, and they get mischaracterized or misunderstood as being oppositional,” Dr. Children who are gifted may have behaviors that look like ADHD or autism.“One of the things we know about gifted children almost universally is that they are intense,” says psychologist James T. “If they’re into dinosaurs, they eat, drink, live dinosaurs. If they’re into power struggles or sibling rivalry, it’s equally as intense.”This intensity can make sitting in a regular classroom very frustrating.“The research indicates that for most gifted children, from one fourth to one half the regular classroom time is spent waiting for others to catch up,” Webb notes.“If you’re sitting there and your mind is intensely churning, you’re likely to be seen as being off task, fidgety, interrupting others, classic behaviors that would be ADHD-like.”It’s also easy to misdiagnose gifted kids as being on the autism spectrum. Also, “gifted children as a group just seem to be quirkier than other kids,” Dr. Gifted kids can also be oversensitive to stimuli, making them avoid bright lights, noise and crowds. They have difficulty with being redirected to new tasks.