Advising Gifted Yet Struggling Students (and Parents!): What Is Twice-Exceptionality and How Does It Impact Independent Educational Consulting?

Recorded On: 06/11/2019

Bright students who struggle can pose a conundrum for IECs of all specializations. You’ve heard the comments: “I don’t get it. She’s got all C’s and D’s on her report cards. She’s got A’s on the tests but F’s on her homework! If she’s so smart, why can’t she get it done?” “There is no reason for me to go to school. I’ve been in special ed classes since I can remember, and they are a joke. I’m smarter than the teacher.” “He can remember every detail of that video game and score a 790 on the math SAT but can’t tell me what the meaning was of a simple paragraph? He’s lazy.” “I know I got into college but now that I’m here I can’t keep up. I never had to do homework in high school to get an A. I’m an imposter and now I’m being found out.” “You’re in law school! Haven’t you learned how to write yet?”

This webinar will review the surprising characteristics of this complex profile and how to best serve them in our practices. The session will explore the intake process, how to determine what type of school or program has the ability to support this student, working with parents, and case studies. 

Heidi Molbak

IECA Presenter

For over twenty years Heidi Molbak has passionately studied schools and created educational opportunities for gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) students. Since 2006 she has been an independent educational consultant advising families on educational placements for their gifted and 2e children including those in day, boarding, homeschool and therapeutic settings. In 2016 Heidi co-founded FlexSchool Inc. a school network for gifted and 2e students. She has been a professional member of IECA since 2012, serving as vice-chair and chair of the Schools Committee as well as serving on the Strategic Planning Committee. She has served as a Director for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), and as an advisor for numerous gifted and 2e projects around the country. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the education, social-emotional and treatment needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Heidi is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is the recipient of the Regina Matthews Oehmig Award for Excellence in Counseling. She holds an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola New Orleans and an AB in English from Stanford University. 

A special note of appreciation to our Sponsor, who have made possible the development of our webinar series through their generous support:

Applerouth Tutoring

Applerouth Tutoring Services
Since 2001 has helped thousands of students attain the scores they needed to secure spots at their top-choice schools. With our cutting edge methods and best-in-class tutors, we have helped our students attain consistently outstanding score improvements.


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