Caleb is considered "twice exceptional".
We have accommondations for group work in both the regular classroom and in the accelerated gifted learning programme. They are evolving over time because it is a key skill Euan needs to learn and as he gets better at it the accommodations adapt. So it started out that he got to pick which group he was in, and lead on topics etc, but that was only for a few weeks, until he got comfortable with the people in the group. Then it moved on to structured ways of helping him integrate into the group and follow the rules (eg negotiating written and visual 'rules' of play, visual reminders for goals, formal agreements for roles and work etc). We now have it that he draws up his *own* list of rules - ie makes a note of what has been agreed formally and informally by the group - and if he can't work out his problems through negotiation with the group he can refer back to the teacher/aide to help clarify things.
His accelerated gifted learning programme is desgined specifically to take the group through advanced critical and analytical skills in groups, so for him the 'advanced learning' is not the concepts (which he grasped on day one) but the actual working in groups - listening to other people's ideas, engaging in critical debate, learning from others, passing on your knowledge in a non-polemical way etc. Sometimes social stories have helped him grasp the 'point' of doing things in groups - again, this is a built-in accommodation for him.
Kirsty, mum to Euan (11, Aspergers) Rohan (7, NT) and Maeve (4, NT)
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Colin is 2E and has accomodations for group work. It's handled differently in different classes and as he gets older it has changed a bit as well too. In the gifted language arts class, he has an aid. She scribes and helps him with group work - that works out GREAT! Just having her present gives him confidence and keeps the (really mean) kids from picking on DS. In math, the teacher paired him with 1 other kid who DS has known for years (and is comfortable with) and the teacher works with the 2 of them
Thanks so much for the great ideas and info.