Essential Strategies for Twice Exceptional Students

Part 2: Deep Dive: School Strategies for Bright Kids with ADHD, Autism and Learning Differences

Welcome to Part 2 of Essential School Strategies for Twice Exceptional Students. In this part, we're doing a deep dive into practical strategies parents and teachers can use, whether in online or in-person learning. We'll cover strategies for executive function, especially time management, meltdowns and outbursts, dyslexia and writing challenges, and dealing with anxiety and uncertainty. We'll also provide recommendations for optimizing a 504 or Individualized Education Plan, and myth-bust some commonly held beliefs.  As always, we love hearing from you. Please let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!



If you want to find an answer in the video to a specific question posed below, simply click on the play button next to each question.


1It seems like this fall we'll either be doing online or some form of hybrid schooling, due to Coronavirus. What will be the hardest part of this for 2e kids, parents, and teachers, and what are some strategies we can use to deal with this uncertainty?
2For those who aren’t familiar, what is exposure therapy?
3When teachers see challenging behaviors, like meltdowns or outbursts, either in class or online, how do they figure out what's going on?
4What are some simple questions teachers can ask during a meltdown or outburst, and how can they deal with the situation with many other children in the classroom?
5There's another myth that gifted students should be good at everything, but as we know many of them struggle especially with executive function. What are the breakdowns you see for these kids in school or with homework and what are a few quick and easy strategies that teachers and parents can use?
6Another challenge we see quite often in our 2e kids is dyslexia, stealth dyslexia and challenges with writing. Many bright kids can mask these challenges because of their intellect. Can you give us a brief overview of these challenges and let us know some quick and easy strategies teachers can use? When should parents go outside of school for more support?
7When we are focusing on writing, what can teachers and parents do for students with writing challenges? Do you have some quick and easy strategies?
8For our 2e kids on the spectrum, what do you anticipate being tricky patches for online or hybrid learning? What are some quick and easy strategies we can start thinking about?
9Can you give us a quick nutshell of an IEP or 504 in the US? One parent asked, "What are the top three things to document in an IEP or school plan for kids who are 2e?"
10If you're a homeschooling parent, or a teacher or parent doing home learning, where do we start with executive function?
11If school goes online, what support should IEP parents suggest for special or general education teachers?
12Expert panel closing remarks.

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Now we'd love to hear from you. What's bubbling up for you after listening to Part 2 of the workshop? Please let us know in the comments section below.


  1. Lorene on August 8, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    What a great session! So many practical ideas that I can really use in the classroom with students and suggest to parents to help break down assignments for 2E students. Dan and Sara’s suggestions and advice are fantastic to implement in the classroom. Thank you B&Q Community!

  2. Sharon Hochberg on July 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    OMG – I just watched the Part 2, the first time live and the second time when it became available. Wow, you all have the proverbial finger on the proverbial pulse. Some of the nuggets that particularly rang true for me regarding my kid were… co-regulation and that learning starts when kids are calm and not feeling threatened; providing the bigger picture and making connections; parent preparedness for the IEP meeting; bridging/scaffolding writing assignments. Thank you, Debbie and Everyone!

    • Lauren on July 18, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Sharon, I’m so glad you found relevance in the topics discussed! Debbie rounded up a wonderful group of experts for this series to guide us all through these uncertain times. We’re all in this together!
      Warm regards,
      -Lauren with the B&Q Team

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