Gifted and...? Twice-Exceptional Students

Fri, 2/1: 1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM 
Multi-Presentation Session 
Friday, February 1, 2019 
Indiana Convention Center 
Room: 212 


Lynette Breedlove, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

Primary Topic Area - Required

Gifted and Talented


A Journey of Extremes: Brilliant Kids Who Struggle to Learn


Many gifted, creative or twice-exceptional learners contradict the myth that all gifted students will succeed on their own. To appreciate the nuances of this special population we must dispel myths, build an understanding of their complex journey, and embrace their need for higher cognitive experiences as we support their asynchrony. This is an underrepresented population that often flounders without appropriate support. Participants will deepen our discussion as we examine the difficulty in identifying gifted students who have co-morbid learning challenges. Throughout the presentation, strategic, strength-based interventions, and resources for both parents and educators will be offered. 

Session Leader

Cindy Hansen, Cynthia Z. Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P, Ventura, CA

Work and Family Experiences of Families With Twice-Exceptional Children


This research investigates the work-family experiences and stressors of parents whose children are twice-exceptional and identifies what workplace policies and programs available and helpful. Additionally, understanding how parental stress may impact their 2e children is studied. Parents can engage these policies and programs to become better advocates for their children. 

Session Leader

Jennifer Jolly, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa