Twice Exceptional Checklist
Adapted from Dr. Devon MacEachron's 2e Symptom Checklist
Please place a mark next to each description that fits your child or teen:
My child or teen is asynchronous - i.e. more advanced than peers in some areas but less advanced in others (social, emotional, physical, cognitive).
There is a discrepancy between my child or teen's ability to comprehend ideas and their output (written or spoken).
My child or teen appears smarter and more capable than what grades or test scores suggest.
My child or teen has a sophisticated vocabulary and/or strong oral comprehension, but struggles with the mechanics of reading or writing.
It takes my child or teen a lot longer to complete assignments and homework than peers.
My child or teen is a good mathematical thinker, yet struggles with performing calculations accurately and/or finds it hard to memorize math facts.
My child or teen needs a higher level of parent/teacher support in academic learning, organization, and/or social interaction to be successful.
My child or teen has wonderful ideas, yet struggles to reliably implement them.
My child or teen has an ability to hyperfocus deeply in an area of interest, but struggles to hold attention to things that do not interest them (more so than peers).
My child or teen prefers to play with, hang out with, or converse with older kids and/or adults.
My child or teen worries about existential questions like the purpose of life or death in general.
My child or teen is focused intensely on matters of fairness or justice, much more so than peers.
My child or teen tends to question rules and authority, be opinionated and/or argumentative.
My child or teen exhibits great curiosity for why things are the way they are, constantly asking why and questioning, sometimes interrupting others or at the expense of getting school work done.
My child or teen experiences feeling different from peers which causes anxiety, loneliness, and/or reduced self-esteem.
My child or teen has a quick wit, understands higher level humor, and/or has their own unique sense of humor.
My child or teen's academic performance is inconsistent or uneven.
My child or teen struggles with social interactions. They are uninterested in peers, struggle to keep friendships, or have trouble finding friends with things in common.
My child or teen didn't have any known struggles until formal schooling began OR was able to mask struggles until the work became harder.
My child or teen has a lot to communicate but struggles to put their ideas down in writing.
My child or teen struggles with perfectionism or frustrations due to the discrepancy between their ability and performance.
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