If your child has been termed gifted with learning disabilities, take a deep breath and hug your kid. There is no need to be hard on your ward or even yourself, as it won’t make a difference.
However, knowing what you can do to help your gifted child can go a long way.
You can spot many people who have exceptional abilities in some academic areas but have significant learning difficulties in others. Educators have a special or dedicated name to describe such
students who are deemed fit for gifted children programs as well as special education services.
They are known as Twice-Exceptional or 2e learners.
Types of Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities
According to some studies, an estimate states that there are hundreds of thousands of 2e learners in U.S. schools.
As per Brody and Mills, twice-exceptional children fall into one of 3 categories. This classification helps explains why these students often go to school without the use services and stimulation they need.
Students whose giftedness mask their learning and thinking differences
Such children, with the help of their exceptional abilities, compensate or mask well for their weaknesses. Therefore, more often than not remain undiagnosed.
However, with age and increasing knowledge, masking becomes increasingly difficult. They may be labeled “underachievers” or “lazy” due to a lack of motivation or even basic trying as they fall behind others.
As a parent, you may not notice this change and simply ask your child to work harder on their grades, shattering their confidence.
Your kid may respond very well to everything until the age of 4th or 5th grade, which is when the disabilities are in full gear.
Students whose learning and thinking differences mask their giftedness.
In this group, the disability is severe enough to not go unnoticed; however, in this case, the heightened ability takes a down hit. They do receive learning disability services but not advanced academic facilities to work on their core strengths.
Thinking and learning differences significantly affect performance based on IQ tests and other assessments set aside for giftedness.
For instance, since most of the tests need language skills, if your child has lingual difficulties, he/she may not perform well. With the misdiagnosis, they may be placed in special education
classes, which are not of any use, and they may possibly act out because of low challenges.
Students in whom learning and thinking differences and giftedness mask each other.
This third group is possibly the largest, where both disabilities and giftedness mask each other. Their strengths hide weaknesses and vice versa; more like a “cancel each other out” phenomenon.
Their identification is difficult, and they often perform average. Despite their average performance, the levels go down as they progress with age. This results in a loss of confidence and increases frustration.
Service at Rainard
We at Rainard School make sure to cater to every child with the relevant attention. Keeping things in the right perspective helps achieve goals with ease. Our professionals resort to special techniques designed to work with learning troubles, so you can put your worries at bay and see your child rise and shine!