Gifted students typically exhibit a high performance in creative or artistic areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, and excel in specific academic fields. Outstanding talents are present in all cultural groups and economic status.
“Twice” gifted refer to students that need remediation activities, but at the same time, they also require opportunities to promote their own individual strengths and talents in one or more domains in which they have previously displayed their superior abilities. A lot of time these students are over looked due to the amount of attention given to their deficits rather than their strengths.
Some examples of some twice gifted dyslexic individuals from history are: Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. All of these twice gifted individuals found schooling extremely hard and did not excel until after their school years when they were able to explore and learn in a way that met their needs.
Try This Not That
Dyslexia is not a one size fits all. What works for one student might not work for another. Here are a few accommodations that you might try.
Personal Anchor Charts- Some dyslexic students have difficulty with short term memory. To help with committing important information to long term memory students need lots of repetition and visuals. Having a smaller anchor chart or even a picture to refer back to previous strategies will help make your student feel more confident in independent work.
Fish in a Tree By Lynda Hunt
This has been our reading aloud book since Richardson Reads day in Octover. Each day if we are lucky, we get to read 2-3 pages. It is a wonderfully written book about a dyslexic girl in the 6th grade. It is also available on Learning Ally as an audiobook.