Boulder Valley School District

Twice Exceptional



Quick Tips for Supporting Twice-Exceptional (2e) Learners

Are you looking for some information and tips, but you don't have a lot of time? Then, you've come to the right place! This website offers strengths-based approaches and strategies to help you support the academic, social, and emotional needs of students who are twice exceptional (2e).

A student who is 2e is simultaneously "identifed as gifted and talented in one or more areas of exceptionality... and also identified with a disability as defined by federal/state eligibility criteria" (from Twice Exceptional Kids: A Guide for Assisting Students who are both Academically Gifted and Learning Disabled by Rosemary Callard-Szulgit). A more extensive definition that was developed by the Joint Commission on Twice-Exceptional Students (2009) states, "Twice-exceptional learners are students who demonstrate the potential for high achievement or creative productivity in one or more domains (such as math, science, technology, the social arts, the visual/spatial/performing arts, or other areas of human productivity) AND who manifest one or more disabilities (including specific learning disabilities, speech/language disorders, emotional/behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or other health impairments, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)). These disabilities and high abilities combine to produce a unique population of students who may fail to demonstrate either high academic performance or specific disabilities. Their gifts may mask their disabilities and their disabilities may mask their gifts."



Gifted Education to support Advanced Learning

Areas of Gifted Identification in Colorado:


General Intellectual Ability


Specific Academic Aptitudes
(Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages)


Specific Talent Aptitudes
(Creativity/Productive Thinking, Leadership, Dance, Music, Psychomotor,
Visual Arts, Performing Arts (theater, speech and debate))


Special Education to support Academic Disability

Disability Categories:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Hearing Impairment, including Deafness

Developmental Delay

Intellectual Disability

Orthopedic Impairment

Serious Emotional Disability (SED)

Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

Speech or Language Impairment

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Other Health Impaired (OHI)

Multiple Disabilities


"3e" or "Multi-Exceptional" (Me) consideration

3e or multi-exceptional refers to a student who is gifted, has a disability, and is culturally-linguistically diverse (CLD) and/or experiences another marginalized status.

For more information about meeting the needs of these learners, click on the "3e/Me Support" drop-down section below.

The 2e Gifted Learner

Identifying the 2e gifted learner

Resources and information