The many faces of giftedness

Why taking an IQ-Test is not enough

 

Perfect scores, well organized and interested in simply everything – the stereotype picture of gifted children is still omnipresent. The reality looks different and the topic giftedness is much more diverse and multifaceted than most people think. Not only outstanding accomplishments, creative ways of thinking and thirst for knowledge can be signs of giftedness, but also behavioral issues, learning difficulties and self-doubt.

 

This lecture is a detailed introduction to the topic ‘giftedness’. You will be introduced to characteristics, strengths and interests of gifted people, potential difficulties in family, school and work, as well as strategies and ways of encouragement and support.

 

Fee: 10 Euro/Person (minimum 10 people)


Twice-Exceptional

Twice-exceptional (2e) children are children who are gifted and have learning disabilities and/or some form of disorder at the same time. Coupled with high intelligence, these children struggle with Dyslexia, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorder, emotional or behavior problems, or other types of learning challenges. They are exceptional both because of their strengths and because of their limitations and therefore have special (learning) needs in a double sense. If we fail to recognize their strengths and/or their weaknesses, they are at risk to develop serious emotional and social problems, a ruined self-esteem, anxieties and depressions.

 

How can I recognize these children and support their needs? What do they need in order to grow up emotionally safe? What are the challenges parents and teacher are facing when raising or teaching a twice-exceptional child?

 

By means of case studies, the audience will be introduced to the different profiles of 2e children, and hear about strategies and methods for managing and overcoming challenges and difficulties.

 

Fee: 15 Euro/Person (~90 minutes), minimum 10 people

 


2e - Twice-Exceptional

A Documentary Film about Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities and Disorders

 

Twice-exceptional (2e) children are children who are gifted and have learning disabilities and/or some form of disorder at the same time. Coupled with high intelligence, these children struggle with Dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotional or behavior problems, or other types of learning challenges. They are exceptional both because of their strengths and because of their limitations and therefore have special (learning) needs in a double sense. How can we support their needs? What do they need in order to grow up emotionally safe? What are the challenges parents and teachers face when parenting or teaching a twice-exceptional child?


After a short overview of the topic ‘Twice-Exceptionality’ and the most common learning disabilities and disorders of 2e children, the main focus of the workshop will be on the thought-provoking movie ‘2e – TwiceExceptional’ by Tom Ropelewski. The documentary follows the personal journeys of a unique group of high school students in Los Angeles who have been identified as twice exceptional – gifted or highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. It is an outstanding example of how we are able to help these children by focusing on their strengths instead of their weaknesses. Afterwards there will be time for discussing and sharing thoughts and ideas.

 

Fee: 15 Euro/person (minimum 10 people)

 

 

*Pädagogische Psychologie, University of Connecticut, USA