Session 2

Assessment and Identification of Gifted and 2E Individuals

Lisa Hancock, MA

Parents, educators, and various professionals who work with gifted children increasingly

find themselves needing to understand what type of testing can best help explain a particular

child’s academic performance, behavior, or social-emotional functioning. As children progress

through school, undiagnosed disabilities often become a greater challenge as the level of

academic difficulty increases, and parents and teachers are puzzled at what appears to be a

significant change in the child’s ability level or motivation. Gifted children who may have found

their earlier school experience to be “easy” can experience frustration, anxiety, and low selfesteem

as they struggle with these hidden challenges, and behavioral problems and

underachievement often result.

This session explains neuropsychological assessment measures, and both their uses and

limits in the identification of giftedness and multiple exceptionalities. Areas covered include:

Cognitive ability

Attention and executive functioning

Auditory processing

Expressive and receptive language functions

Visual and verbal learning and memory

Visual spatial functions

Visual motor functions

Writing skills

Reading skills


Social-emotional functioning

Sensory-motor processing

Special considerations in assessing disadvantaged, underserved and English language

learners will be discussed. Information will be provided regarding instances where measures

necessitate concurrent or subsequent referrals to audiologists, psychiatrists, developmental

optometrists, occupational therapists, pediatricians, neurologists, and speech-language


Participants will walk away with an understanding of what constitutes a comprehensive

neuropsychological evaluation, and of specific assessment measures used in private practice

and school based evaluations. Participants will also learn how developmental weaknesses,

learning disabilities, and giftedness can skew scores to further complicate the evaluation