- Intensive use of appropriate technologies can work wonders
with this population, Coleman observes. Computers with spell check, audio tapes, books on tapes, calculators, and other technological
tools can all provide excellent support and compensate for deficits, allowing children to work from their strengths.
- Include tutorial support as well as remediation. "It's critical
to teach gifted children with disabilities study skills, teach them learning strategies, and tutor them in time management,"
- "Find a mentor," Little suggests. "If you call your local
Chamber of Commerce, they'll give you a list of members in the community willing to help," many with a particular area of
expertise that you can match to a child's interests.
- Provide counseling support. "All twice-exceptional children
experience themselves as different and have a slightly different take on the world," Coleman observes. "Help them cope with
their differences and their frustrations."
- Honor their strengths. "Find some way to honor the child's
strengths, because it's their disabilities that are likely to get the most attention - indeed, that's legally mandated," Coleman
says. "The disabilities side is like a magnet. It pulls everything in."
- Use flexible groupings, curriculum compacting, and tiered
assignments. For elementary level children and up through middle school, don't be afraid of ability grouping - just keep it
flexible, Little says. If you group children by strengths according to the subject matter, gifted children with disabilities
can be in, say, an advance science group and remedial reading at the same time.
- With curriculum compacting, pretesting allows a gifted child
who's mastered content to accelerate out of it and move to more challenging work, Little notes. Similarly, while more work
for the educator, tiered assignments, where children address the same work at different difficulty levels, can help.
- Teach meta-skills and self management. Help gifted children
help themselves, Coleman advises. Teach them how to cope with the difficulties they may face, lead them through problem solving
sessions. "They can draw on their cognitive strengths to help themselves, but the skills need to be taught," she emphasizes.
Taken from "Imagine Teaching Robin Williams--Twice Exceptional
Children in your school" by Carolyn Cosmos for CEC. For full article:
Did you know...Leonardo Da Vinci was fascinated with levers
and gears--so much so that they were at the heart of nearly all his inventions--from the crane to the helicopter. It
is also believed that he struggled with dyslexia.