Needs-based assessment of twice-exceptional gifted students: The S&W-Heuristic

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https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.101.13830

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intellectually gifted, twice exceptional, needs-based assessment, adhd, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia

Abstract

Misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses of gifted students with co-occurring learning-, developmental and behavioural disorders are often mentioned in literature and practice. Consequently, these Twice-Exceptional (2E) students often fall between two stools regarding appropriate psycho-educational interventions. This article offers a research and practice informed assessment procedure, namely the Strengths and Weaknesses Heuristic (S&W-Heuristic), that can help to tackle such problems in case giftedness or any 2E is suspected. This S&W-Heuristic was developed via the method of design research. Initially the S&W-Heuristic was developed to assess students with (suspicion of) the co-occurrence of intellectual giftedness (IG) and autism in a needs-based way, though, subsequently to assess (potential) 2E-students in general. The systematicity of the S&W-Heuristic may help psychologists and special remedial educationalists to reveal hitherto camouflaged strengths or weaknesses in underachieving smart students and to understand their ambivalent psycho-educational needs. Being the product of design research, this article also offers a prelude to new theoretical perspectives regarding the concepts IG and 2E. By shifting from a ‘classification-based’ to a dynamic ‘dimensional-based’ definition of 2E, camouflaged talent will be recognised more effectively and will get more opportunity to flourish. Accordingly, it is proposed to consider IG and 2E as constructs on a continuum.

Author Biographies

Agnes Burger-Veltmeijer, Department of educational sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands; ABV Private practice, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Dr. Agnes Burger-Veltmeijer is a clinical and educational child psychologist, scientist-practitioner, and post-master trainer. She specialised in comprehensive assessments of (potential) gifted and twice exceptional children and she teaches postmaster courses.

prof. dr. Alexander Minnaert, Department of educational sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

Professor Inclusion and Special Needs Education & Clinical Educational Sciences / Research project leader Learning and educational problems.

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2023-01-24

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Burger-Veltmeijer, A., & Minnaert, A. (2023). Needs-based assessment of twice-exceptional gifted students: The S&W-Heuristic. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 10(1), 245–263. https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.101.13830