Stealth Dyslexia: How Some Dyslexic Students Escape Detection
The Inside Track blog post by Brock and Fernette Eide, Dyslexic Advantage
Stealth Dyslexia is a term coined to identify students who flew under the radar for detection because of their other higher order thinking strengths. Stealth dyslexic students may be able to compensate for problems decoding words on the basis of sound (phonological awareness) by skipping words they don’t know or filling-in the gaps by guessing.
Executive Function Disorder is a way to describe learners who are bright but repeatedly sidetracked by their inability to keep track of what they're supposed to do and when. They might forget their books at school, lose their papers, or forget to turn in homework they've completed. They might have trouble managing their time, materials, or emotions.
Executive Function Disorder has a lot of overlap with ADHD (most kids with ADHD have trouble with executive functions) but some kids don't have any of the classic hyperactivity or inattention but are constantly late, lost or unprepared.
Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel
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Twice Exceptional (or 2e) is a term used to describe learners who are both gifted and have a learning challenge or disability. Their disability masks their giftedness and their giftedness masks their disability so often these "hard to figure out" kids fly under the radar in the school system. They are often described by parents and teachers as "a puzzle".
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7 Myths About Twice-Exceptional (2E) Students
By Amanda Morin