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Gifted & Twice Exceptional Evaluations

A gifted child might have enhanced academic skills far beyond their grade level. Or, they might be extremely bright yet unable to complete their homework.

Minnesota Neuropsychology offers comprehensive evaluations to assess for intellectual aptitude and learning differences in the context of possible twice exceptionality.

What Is Giftedness?

Gifted children sometimes have the ability to perform at higher levels in certain academic areas. They can also be gifted in other areas such as creativity, artistic ability, and leadership. For example, a gifted child can show high levels of aptitude in academic subjects like math or creative subjects like painting.

Attributes of a Gifted Child

Each gifted child is unique and experiences their giftedness in different ways. However, there are some common attributes you may notice if you suspect your child is gifted:

  • Quick learning: Your child may pick up new concepts with ease, including those above their current grade level.
  • Enhanced creativity: Your child might have a wild imagination or might show talent in drawing, painting, or building at an early age. Your young child may have an imaginary friend or enjoy inventing new things.
  • Increased curiosity: Gifted children often have insatiable curiosity. They enjoy asking questions in an effort to understand the world around them. They crave learning new concepts.
  • Sensitivity: Gifted children are sometimes highly sensitive. If they do something wrong or perceive failure, they tend to take it to heart. They may also have intense reactions to emotions like anger and sadness.

What Does Twice Exceptional (2E) Mean?

Children who are twice exceptional, also known as 2E, are gifted children who have another learning difference such as ADHD or dyslexia. Twice exceptional children can sometimes experience hyperintensities, anxiety, compulsivity, or over-excitability that hinders their ability to perform in academics.

Attributes of a Twice Exceptional Child

Some twice exceptional children may show the following:

  • Heightened ability in one subject and decreased performance in another: Your child may show incredible talent in math but struggle with reading and writing.
  • Avoidance of school or homework: Your child may act defiant or throw a temper tantrum when asked to do certain types of homework or get ready for school.
  • Anxiety or depression: Your child might feel guilty when unable to perform due to an underlying learning difference. This can lead to anxiety or symptoms of depression.

 How Minnesota Neuropsychology Can Help

Minnesota Neuropsychology offers comprehensive cognitive evaluations for gifted and talented and/or twice exceptional children. Through cognitive testing, we can provide information about your child’s abilities, and identify unique patterns of strengths and weaknesses as well as any specific learning challenges. This information is used to create recommendations to help guide educational planning.

You’ll receive a full written report of evaluation results shortly after testing.

For Twice Exceptional or Gifted and Talented Evaluation, Call Us Today

If you suspect your child might be struggling with learning or if they show signs of giftedness, Minnesota Neuropsychology is here to help. To learn more about twice exceptional or gifted and talented evaluation, reach out to us today.

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To inquire about an evaluation, refer a patient, or set up an appointment, contact us by email or phone.