Learn About Masking
Twice-exceptional, or 2e learners, are subject to a masking effect; that is, their giftedness may be more pronounced than their disabilities, so their teachers do not recognize that these students have a disability. As such, they may be admitted to but fail out of gifted programs. Conversely, these students’ disabilities may mask their giftedness, so they receive special education services, but they never receive educational services for their gifts. Thirdly, the 2e’s diverse exceptionalities can compensate for each other, and they don’t receive appropriate services for either exceptionality. These limitations are part of the reason these learners greatly suffer academically, socially, and emotionally.
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