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The Inconvenient Student
Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students
This book tackles the problem of identifying gifted children who have an array of learning disabilities and attentional and behavioral disorders. It explains in detail what these children are like and how to accommodate their needs in the regular classroom so that they can strengthen their weaknesses and maximize their strengths.
Twice-exceptional children are those who are both gifted and have a learning disability or an attentional or behavioral disorder. Because they have exceptionalities at both ends of the spectrum, their needs tend to go unmet. Often they are able to compensate for their disability with their giftedness, and their disability typically masks their giftedness, leaving them struggling enormously to perform at average levels, unnoticed by school systems. The Inconvenient Student, by Dr. Michael Postma, tackles the problem of identifying gifted kids who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, sensory processing disorder, auditory and visual processing disorders, ADD, autism or Asperger’s, ODD, OCD, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Postma explains in detail what these children are like and how to accommodate their needs in the regular classroom so that they can strengthen their weaknesses and maximize their strengths.
“Dr. Postma’s book is practical yet detailed, research-driven, and filled with resources, strategies, and points of view, all designed to better understand and educate a fascinating world of twice-exceptional students. The book is strengthened by the stories, vignettes, and experiences of the author, who offers both personal and professional accounts of working with 2e students…. Dr. Postma’s Inconvenient Student stands out among a growing list of resources and publications in the field. It…serves its purpose of demystifying the misunderstood child with dual-exceptionalities. It needs to be in the hands of parents, teachers, administrators, and any other educator who believes in actualizing the talent and potential of this unique population of students.” – Dr. Jaime A. Castellano, Florida Atlantic University
“Congratulations on your awesome new book. There are a lot of books written on this topic, but your compact volume is the best of them all, combining research, case studies, practical strategies, and—most of all—HOPE! I love that you debunk the myth of RTI as being a helpful provision for 2e kids, and you informed me greatly on the metaphysical aspects of the 2e brain. All in all, this book is a coup!” – Dr. James R. Delisle, gifted education expert and author