Interventions for Gifted Teens Who Are Underachieving

The underachievement of gifted students is a perplexing phenomenon. Too often, for no apparent reason, students who show great academic promise fail to perform at a level commensurate with their previously documented abilities, frustrating both parents and teachers (Whitmore, 1986). The process of defining underachievement, identifying underachieving gifted students, and…

Parents Requesting an Initial Evaluation for Special Education

Who is Eligible for Special Education Services? To be eligible for special education, a child must have a disability and must need special education services and related services. If a child has a disability but does not need special education services, the child is not eligible for special education under…

Orton-Gillingham: The “Multisensory” Approach to Teaching Reading

Finally! We’ve found an article that nicely explains the Orton-Gillingham reading program and how it helps children with dyslexia and other reading issues. Click here to learn more about how Orton-Gillingham works, including their focus and where to find it. “Orton-Gillingham is a well-regarded approach to teaching.” We particularly like…

What exactly is “Twice-Exceptional” (2e)?

Twice-exceptional students are those who are identified as gifted according to state criteria in one or more of the categories of giftedness (cognitive, academic, creative, leadership, or arts). In Colorado, these students, once identified, are most likely provided with an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). AND Identified with a disability according…

ADHD Students & Section 504 Regulations: What Parents & School Psychologists Need To Know

In response to numerous complaints alleging discrimination in elementary and secondary education programs related to ADHD, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued two documents to clarify and provide guidance on Federal obligations of school districts to students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In particular,…