“Twice” Gifted

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.

How Can I help with homework?

• Try to allow some down time when your student first gets home from school. Your child has worked hard all day and their brain can use a rest.

• Break your child’s homework into to chunks. Practice one subject then allow a 10 minute break before resuming another subject.

• If your student is new to MTA, or continues to struggle with reading have them find their book of choice on Learning Ally and let them listen to their book.

• Expose your child to good literature. Just because they might not be able to read a book on their own does not mean they will not enjoy and comprehend it. Read classic children’s literature to help build vocabulary.

Suggested Read:

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.

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Did you know…

The letter (w) does not make a sound! Forget the whale; the letter (w) has a round lip motion. The sound we hear is actually made from the vowel that follows.

Mrs. Street

Dyslexia Teacher

RIchardson North Junior High