What is GTLD?

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What is GTLD?

 

GTLD is the acronym for “gifted and talented” with “learning disabilities.”  Children who are labeled as “GTLD” are students with high abilities as well as learning challenges.  These youngsters flourish when both their giftedness and their learning difficulties are addressed using a strengths-based approach

Gifted children show evidence of great talent and potential in areas such as intellectual ability, artistic talent and or creativity, leadership capacity, or in a specific intellectual area.  In order develop their potential, these students require services and activities that are not provided through the typical curriculum, whether it be enrichment or accelerated learning.

Students diagnosed with a specific learning disability have challenges that  “indicate a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes invoved in understanding or using language… the disability may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calcualtions. (Weinfeld, Barnes-Robinson, Jeweler, & Shevitz, p. 15. Smart KIds with Learning Difficulties - see our book review section)  Recently, the term “twice exceptional” or “2e” has entered the lexicon and expands the idea of children who are exceptional because of both their gifts and learning differences.  Students with ADHD or those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, for example, are included in this expanded interpretation. 

Up to 5% of gifted students are both gifted in some areas while also have learning challenges.  These GTLD or 2e present challenges to the educator and to the parent.   Where and how should these students be taught?  Should they be placed with other learning disabled students, even though they can understand advanced curriculum?   Should they be among the gifted students in advanced classes even though their learning challenges will affect how they access and absorb the curriculum and how they indicate they have mastered the material?

This website and our related services will help parents new to the concept of GTLD and 2e, as well as seasoned educators explore how best to identify and educate these conundrum students.  The website offers ideas on best practices; tips for effective advocacy; and local, regional, and national opportunities to learn more about this amazing group of students.