Sprite the Twice Exceptional

Sprite the Twice Exceptional

Photo Jo Freitag

Sprite is a persona doll representing the Twice/Multi Exceptional type of gifted student on Neihart and Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented.

For the set of persona dolls representing Neiharts and Betts Profile of the Gifted and Talented I have made a second version of  the Sprite doll.
None of the dolls in the set have faces so that they can represent the aspect of giftedness without also showing any racial or ethnic characteristics. The first version of Sprite had an embroidered face and she was not in the same scale as the other dolls in this set.

Sprite’s story

Sprite is an example of the twice exceptional student. She is exceptionally gifted but has learning differences and disabilities which make it hard for her to demonstrate her giftedness and make her studies an exhausting experience for her.
She has a great thirst for knowledge and gathers so much by osmosis and intuition. She loves the research but hates writing the essay about it! And she really hates the homework!
She exhibits all of the characteristics of GLD students observed by Dr Linda Silverman and all of Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities.
Teachers may not recognise that Sprite is gifted if they only notice and try to remediate her difficulties (Right side picture below). Sometimes she is able to conceal her problems and so receives no remediation and is considered a student of average ability  (Middle picture). And sometimes her giftedness is noticed and addressed but little or no provision is made for her disabilities (Left picture).

Sometimes only Sprite's giftedness is noticed, sometimes her giftedness masks her disabilities and her disabilities hide her giftedness so that she appears average and sometimes only her difficulties are noticed and remediated

Photos Jo Freitag

Sprite needs  different educational provisions for both her giftedness and her disability simultaneously.

Sprite the Twice Exceptional

Photo Jo Freitag

Sprite has her own blog, Sprite’s Site at http://spritessite.wordpress.com/
She is the Poster Child to illustrate Jo Freitag’s Feetspeak: 2E shoes presentations and
Feetspeak: 2E shoes is about planning programs that will be suitable for gifted students who also have a learning difficulty or different learning style using Edward De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes as the planning tool.
Sprite is always depicted as having an injured left ankle and needing to wear different shoes on each foot to illustrate the concept that she needs different educational provisions for both her giftedness and her disability.

Pictures below Left to Right
1. De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes Grey Sneakers representing investigative programs
2. De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes Orange Gumboots representing emergency stop gap measures for dealing with gifted students
3. Right foot De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes Blue Formal Shoe representing programs for gifted students which are most suited to high achieving students Left foot De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes Pink Slipper representing care, comfort and compassion in programs such as social/ emotional/pastoral/study skills/remedial programs
4.De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes sensible Brown Brogues representing doing whatever is most helpful for the student eg IEPs
5. Right foot De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes sensible Brown Brogues representing IEP for giftedness program Left foot Plaster cast representing ideal (preferably funded) provisions to support the disability.

Sprite and De Bono's 6 Action shoes

Photo Jo Freitag

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