Twice Exceptional Gifted
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My son is 8 years old. He has Autism but is very high functioning. He
was given an IQ at age 5 of FS 121. He skipped part of 1st, 2nd, most of
3rd and now is in 4th. He is due for a re-evaluation and was found on
the KTEA2 to score 148 math composite. His reading was 119 composite
with written expression being his lowest at 106 composite (spelling was
122). The school won't identify him as gifted but I worry he will be
burned out academically as his math skills are obviously beyond what the
normal 4th grade is learning. He is currently at home doing high school
The questions is: Do we push the school to address his academic needs or
wait for his social to "catch up" and let him sit bored in class? His
social is approximately 2 years behind and although he functions in
class with no help he basically works by himself and plays by himself
with no friends. Any thoughts/suggestions would be helpful. Thanks in
Your son clearly shows very high ability based on the scores you
mentioned. I feel really disheartened that he is not being recognised
for his strength, in fact denied the learning he badly deserves in
school. He has highly above average skills in Math and he needs a
differential learning programme to cater for his needs.
I am really surprised that the school does not see his ability which is
evident in his test scores. They appear to be looking at his weaknesses
- and what are they doing about it? He should definitely be in a pull
out programme for Math at the very least. It is such a shame that he is
not recognised for his gift. He would need some help in his social
skills and you may be able to get some help outside school. But
academically, the school should be making a case for such a talented
Yes, please push the school and you are his only support for now and you
need to help the school recognise his ability. One cannot wait for him
to be socially adaptable and deny his strength in the process; these
should go hand in hand. Please push the school as much as you can and if
that doesn't work, you may need to look around for other schools that
are more suitable and adaptable for his needs.
This is a good article to read "
Genius May Be an Abnormality" and there are many more that you can
find over the internet.
Best of luck!