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Posted October 21, 2004
<br>Who are the ¿alphabet children?¿ These children may be identified as GT, LD, and/or a host of other initials, prompting the nickname ¿alphabet children.¿ Worse, they may not be identified at all, struggling with a combination of mental gifts and challenges that makes their fit in the classroom dubious at best. Gifted and learning disabled (GLD) describes a combination of strengths and weaknesses far more extreme than those of the average student. <br><br> Baum and Owen define the GLD child, discuss identification strategies, and describe how various combinations of strengths and weaknesses may appear in school. They cut through the ¿alphabet soup,¿ and offer suggested curricular accommodations to remediate / accommodate the child¿s weaknesses while emphasizing their gifts. <br><br> Baum and Owen offer guidelines for writing IEPs for GLD children, beginning with the tricky task of identification. They describe 5 components of a successful IEP, including the most important and often overlooked component: attention to the student¿s gifts. <br><br> Motivation and self-efficacy are discussed. Without these, even the best IEP and school accommodations may fail. Effective classroom practices and community support are also detailed. <br><br> To Be Gifted & Learning Disabled concludes with a comprehensive bibliography, sample identification activities, and reproducible forms. <br><br> Every educator and parent of a twice-exceptional student should read this book, and keep it close at hand during identification and annual IEP review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.