Because the central issues around dyslexia are academic in nature, we focus here on academic or intellectual giftedness of the type most recognized in schools: a person is 2e if he or she meets the criterion for a learning disability like dyslexia or ADHD and also meets the criterion for being intellectually gifted on some standardized assessment device.
Typically this device is a common general, verbal, or nonverbal intelligence test, or a specialized measure of cognitive ability, like spatial skills, in one or more specific domains.
However, the identification of 2e in schools today, and giftedness alone for that matter, varies greatly. In schools the type of test to assess strengths may not be appropriate for your child. For example, it may just be another academic achievement test of the form your child performs poorly on, or it might be a vocabulary test when you child is weak on vocabulary. And very rarely do schools recognize nonacademic gifts such as dance, leadership, or art. Thus, to best identify your child’s strengths you should have input as the person who best understands what domain they are in before they are assessed.
It is likely that as research progresses, we will see improvements in how 2e is identified and defined. It is commonly believed that many 2e students are misclassified neglected or receive inadequate treatments.
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