PDN Live Webinar: An Introduction to Twice-Exceptionality - Gifted Students with Disabilities

PDN Live Webinar:  An Introduction to Twice-Exceptionality - Gifted Students with Disabilities
PDN Live Webinar: An Introduction to Twice-Exceptionality - Gifted Students with Disabilities

Principal speaker

Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia


In this introductory session, Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia will provide an overview of twice-exceptionality. Children who have disabilities, and who also have co-occurring giftedness are described as twice-exceptional-having two exceptionalities, giftedness and disability (often more than one disability). In Australia, the concept of twice-exceptionality is poorly understood. There are a myriad of disabilities that twice-exceptional children may have-and many individuals have more than one; including (but not limited to), dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders (and Asperger's), dyscalculia, central auditory processing disorder, anxiety, depression etc.. In this informative session, Michelle will unpack the concept of twice-exceptionality and how this may show up in a child's educational environment; illustrating this from her vast experience and research with young people. In this session, participants will be engaged in exploring an introduction to what twice exceptionality is and how this may manifest in the classroom.

Key Learnings

- Learn about twice-exceptionality - students who are gifted and also have coexisting (dis)abilities;

- Gain knowledge about understanding twice-exceptional children;

- Understand some of the schooling issues for twice-exceptional young people.

About Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia

Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia is a Special Needs and Inclusive Education lecturer, and GIER Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University, in the School of Education and Professional Studies, lecturing in undergraduate and postgraduate Primary and Secondary initial teacher education courses. Dr Ronksley-Pavia has taught in a variety of educational settings, including Adult and Community Education and TAFE colleges, and P-12 school sectors, where she has extensive experience working with gifted and talented students, twice exceptional learners, and students with disabilities and special education needs. Dr Ronksley-Pavia is an international leading researcher and expert in the field of gifted education and twice exceptionality (gifted students with disability). With an extensive research interest in learners with special needs, Dr Ronksley-Pavia is passionate about pedagogical practices and the impact these have on supporting students in every classroom, everyday, particularly with gifted and talented students and learner engagement across schooling sectors. As past President of the Queensland Association for Gifted & Talented Children (GC Branch), Dr Ronksley-Pavia has a wealth of experience supporting and advocating for the needs of learners with specific needs, including gifted and twice exceptional learners and their families. Dr Ronksley-Pavia is a member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, and a founding member of SPELD Victoria's Research Committee.

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RSVP on or before Monday 10 May 2021 15.24 pm, by email pdn@griffith.edu.au , or by phone 07 3735 5626 , or via https://www.griffith.edu.au/arts-education-law/school-education-professional-studies/opportunities/professional-development-network/upcoming-events

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