LAI800: Identifying Characteristics and
Needs of Gifted Learners
According to Callard-Szulgit (10), twice-exceptional
students meet the following criteria:
Display one or more of these
Identified as gifted in an
academic or artistic discipline
Display exceptional leadership
Exhibit advanced creative arts
AND Exhibit one or more of these criteria:
Identified as emotionally,
physically, or learning disabled
*These disabilities fall under Federal
or State criteria, qualifying the student
for an IEP and/or a 504 plan.
Marked intellectual ability
Above average creativity
Advanced problem solving ability
Often have a sense of humor
In-depth interests in a variety of subjects
Difficulty with written expression
Highly sensitive to criticism
Weak study skills
Enlist the help of the CSE Department and the Resource
Teach the child the way he or she learns (visual, auditory,
Create a "menu" of activities for the student to choose
Allow the child to practice kinesiology exercises to
strengthen both cerebral hemispheres.
Teach content first; details second.
Teach children to set realistic goals.
Accept the individual differences inherent in each child.
Be the child’s advocate: inform teachers.
Record the child’s struggles AND strengths.
Respect the child’s differences; focus on strengths.
If spelling and writing are difficult, utilize a computer.
Read various articles regarding the twice exceptional
Nurture outside interests.
According to the National Education
“Federal law does not
require that states and
districts provide for the
educational needs of gifted
and talented learners. As a
result, gifted programming
decisions in the United
States are made at the
Although local states
state and many levels.
mandate that districts
identify gifted provide services, few states specify the services, or the grade
levels in which students must be served. In states without mandates, or in
states that do not fund gifted services, it is up to local districts to determine
whether to provide services and which talent areas will be served. In these
cases, services are available only in well-funded districts.”
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who are both academically gifted and learning disabled. New York. Rowman &
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National Association for Gifted Children. (2008). Gifted by State: New York.
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National Education Association. (2006). The Twice-Exceptional Dilemma. Retrieved
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