What is 2e or “twice-exceptional”?

The term “twice-exceptional,” (aka “2e”) is used to describe gifted children who have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria.

PAGE Resources

Overview of “Twice Exceptional”, a PowerPoint Presentation

PAGE Dyslexia/2E Fact Sheet

PAGE ADHD Fact Sheet

PAGE Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fact Sheet

General Information

Guidebook for Twice Exceptional Students (Montgomery County Public Schools)

Balancing Both Ends Against the Middle: Supporting Twice Exceptional Students in PA Classroom,  a Power Point Presentation

Classifications of 2e 

List of Learning Disabilities from the Learning Disabilities Association of America

Checklist for Recognizing Twice Exceptional Children Please note this is not a validated instrument.


PAGE ADHD Fact Sheet


High Ability and Anxiety Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Anxiety in Gifted Children Summer Institute for Youth

Anxiety, Sensitivities and Social Struggles among Profoundly Gifted Kids Davidson Institute  

Back to School Anxiety Child Mind Institute

Helping a Gifted Child Deal with Anxiety   York Region Psychological Services

Further Reading:

Online Programs for Children with Anxiety GoZen

Autism Spectrum Disorder

PAGE Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fact Sheet


PAGE Dyslexia/2E Fact Sheet

Gifted and Dyslexia:  Identifying and Instructing the Twice Exceptional Student

Resources for 2e

Current research on 2e

2e News 2e News provides readers with high-level information and perspectives about twice-exceptional (2e) education and cognitive diversity. We cover a broad range of topics that are essential for all educators, parents, and industry professionals. Our mission is to maintain a fruitful conversation among key stakeholders to improve the lives of gifted students with learning differences.

2e Partnership Directory This link is hosted by With Understanding Comes Calm. It lists associations, consultants, enrichment, clinicians, and education.


Organizations and Websites Dedicated to helping 2e students and their families

Bright and Quirky “Help your bright child thrive… even with learning, social, emotional, or behavioral challenges”.

Connecting for Kids: You are Not Alone. This link lists websites, groups, downloads and Apps for Gifted or Twice Exceptional. Connecting for Kids was created to provide education and support for families in Northeast Ohio. 

Twice exceptional children’s advocacy (TECA). Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy, Inc. (TECA) was founded in 2003 by a group of parents seeking to identify, support and unite twice exceptional (2e) students and their families. 

The 2e Resource For parents, teachers, and professionals helping twice-exceptional children reach their potential.

With Understanding Comes Calm Guidance to support the twice-exceptional loved ones in your life. This site has a list of resources for you!

Smart Kids with Disabilities offers first steps, how to get help and a community.

Uniquely gifted offers resources for twice-exceptional children

Understood is dedicated to shaping the world where people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work. Search for “Twice-Exceptional”

Organizations with information for 2e Students and their Families

ADDitude Inside the ADHD Mind, search for 2e

American Psychological Association

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) links to 2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter 

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and 2e Special Interest Group

Hoagies Gifted Education has a vast list of resources when you search for 2e

Davidson Institute has a resource guide for “Twice-Exceptionality”

Child Mind Institute explains challenges and gifted together

LD OnLine works in association with the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD). Click on this link and search for “Twice-Exceptional”

Institute for Educational Advancement has a lot of resources for Twice Exceptional students and their families.  This site gives information about a seven-week parent support group for mothers of children of high emotional need.

SENG – Supporting the emotional Needs of the Gifted, including 2e

Understood is dedicated to shaping the world where people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work. Search for “Twice-Exceptional”

Schools for 2e Students 

This site lists the best US schools for 2e

Schools and Programs in the US 

Programs for Gifted and Twice Exceptional 2e Students

List of Twice Exceptional Schools by the Institute for Educational Advancement

Contributors to this page:  Dr. Matt Zakreski, Jonathan Klingeman, Christine Laquidara-Kolvek, Dr. Katie Leach.