Removing the Masks of Multi-Exceptionalities

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Removing the Masks of Multi-Exceptionalities


Presenter: Carol Raymond, EA Young Academy
Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Gifted and learning disabled students are both often mislabeled as problem students. In this course, you’ll benefit from first-hand experiences of a mother/daughter team who will remove the mask that often hides the true experience of a 2E or multi-exceptional learner.

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What happens when a child’s giftedness seems to “cancel” a learning disability? Often, neither exceptionality is properly identified, resulting in frustration, anxiety and depression. Discover helpful strategies for recognizing and supporting twice-exceptional students and hear firsthand from a student whose “stealth” dyslexia and processing disorder masked her giftedness for over a decade.

In this course, participants will:
  • Hear first-hand what it means to be multi-exceptional from a student who is gifted and dyslexic
  • Understand the academic and emotional challenges faced in working with and/or living with a student who has multi-exceptionalities
  • Analyze the positive and negative impact that labeling may have on both a child and the parents
  • Increase their awareness of the “masks” that multi-exceptional students may wear and strategies for aiding them

Carol Raymond has served as a G/T specialist, classroom teacher, elementary music specialist, and private music instructor. Her degrees in music performance (BM), elementary music education (BME) and gifted education (MEd) provide a unique blend of expertise in her current position at E.A. Young Academy in North Richland Hills, TX. Raymond is the author of numerous differentiated math and science units and created the social/emotional curriculum for Hardin Simmons University’s summer gifted program.

Hope MacKenzie Raymond graduated from Richland High School in 2014. While in high school, Raymond was often found on the stage in both theater and choir productions. She is passionate about creative problem solving and competed in nine different Destination ImagiNation challenges. Raymond is currently is majoring in psychology at Texas State University. She would like to get her doctorate degree in clinical psychology and ultimately work with patients suffering from existential depression, a common type of depression in gifted individuals.

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