Although twice exceptional students are gradually receiving more recognition and intervention, they are still a grossly underserved segment of the school population. A Call to Action: Identification and Intervention for Twice and Thrice Exceptional Students begins with basic information about twice exceptional students—students who are both gifted/talented and who also have learning disabilities—and provides strategies for how educators can identify these students. It is imperative that classroom teachers provide intervention to address both exceptionalities since these students often score at grade level on standardized tests, the giftedness score lowered by the learning disability raised by the giftedness, resulting in neither exceptionality being addressed because they do not qualify for either of the special services.
This book discusses the Informal Reading Inventory, how it should be administered, and how the information provided by this instrument can enable the classroom teacher to meet the special needs of these students. It also presents Stopwatch Spelling, a program that with a fast-paced, confidence-building approach, helps many students overcome a frustrating impediment to becoming proficient readers and spellers. A Call to Action draws upon classroom and clinical experiences, field work, and interviews with twice exceptional students of all ages, parents, and community partners.
Although the majority of Dr. Blanche E. Sosland’s teaching career was at the college and university level, she has also taught in classrooms ranging from early childhood to Head Start to middle school. Her areas of expertise include diagnosis and remediation of reading problems in the classroom and twice exceptional children: gifted/talented and learning disabled.
Chapter 1.Characteristics of Twice Exceptional Students
Chapter 2.Identification of Twice Exceptional Students
Chapter 3. Early Intervention
Chapter 4. Informal Reading Inventory
Chapter 5. Stopwatch Spelling
Chapter 6. Twice Exceptional Students: Natural Aptitudes
Chapter 7. Thrice Exceptional Students’ Challenges
Chapter 8. “Thou Shalt Not Bully”
Chapter 9. Parent-Teacher Partnership
Chapter 10. Creating a Path to Success for Twice Exceptional Students
About the Author
Blanche E. Sosland has done it again! A Call to Action: Identification and Intervention for Twice and Thrice Exceptional Students is an important book because twice exceptional students are a grossly underserved student population and because far too few professionals and parents know how to identify them. This book combines strategies for identifying students gifted in one area—and below grade level in another—with practical “interventions.” It will be useful to those preparing to become teachers and their professors, those who have taught for several years, and parents of twice and thrice exceptional students. As with her recent book on bullying, it is very readable, combines theory and practice, and has numerous real-life examples from her teaching—both from her students and her colleagues.
Blanche E. Sosland has written a powerful, thoughtful book—a call to action that offers a pathway forward to identify and intervene on behalf of twice and thrice exceptional students. She writes with grace and style, compassion and generosity. This is an urgent book. Read it now.
Dr. Blanche E. Sosland addresses one of the most important issues in education—meeting students where they are. To do this, you have to truly see each student. Dr. Sosland offers tools for assessing, or seeing, all aspects of a student. She also invites teachers to become champions for their students’ strengths by nurturing their growth and development.
A Call to Action: Identification and Intervention for Twice and Thrice Exceptional Students is a much-needed resource for teachers and school administrators who want to fully support all of their students to succeed and thrive…academically, socially and emotionally.