The term twice exceptional, often abbreviated as 2e, is used to identify a group of students who are exceptional both because they may have one or more learning disabilities, attention deficit, autism spectrum disorder, emotional or behaviour problems, or other types of learning challenges in addition to being gifted.  

Often overlooked, misclassified, neglected, or receiving inadequate interventions because the characteristics of one exceptionality will mask those of the other and appear as average school achievement. 

Twice exceptional students often require additional supports, enrichment and educational programming to reach their academic and social-emotional potential.


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