Feetspeak: 2E Shoes


How an injured ankle, Gagne's DMGT model and De Bono’s Six Action Shoes helped me consider the needs of Twice Exceptional (2E) students: those who are gifted and have a learning disability    


Is there an ideal
education program to cater for the needs of students who are both gifted and have a learning disability or difference?

The Feetspeak: 2E Shoes Project began life as a short chatty blog entry about Jo’s injured ankle and difficulty in finding shoes which could cater for both feet and the connection to finding programs for 2E students.

However as she read articles on the topic and started to investigate the type of programs available for both gifted and learning disabled students using
Edward De Bono’s Six Action Shoes as a framework to consider courses of action; Jo discovered the reasons it is so difficult to cater simultaneously for both the gifted and learning disabled aspects of the twice exceptional student and also found some helpful practical strategies.

Jo has drawn on the analogies of a  lame cheetah and an injured ankle and used De Bono's Six Action Shoes and Gagne's
Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent to investigate the types of gifted programs and their suitability for students who also have a learning disability or difference.

The Presentation includes use of Mind Maps and animations, PowerPoints and cartoons developed by Jo

Sessions include the use of Mind Maps, the animations, PowerPoints and cartoons as well as practical application exercises related to building programs and teaching strategies for 2E students using thinking tools such as S.C.A.M.P.E.R.


References for Feetspeak 2E shoes


BAUM, Susan M., Owen, Steve V.  and Dixon, John
To be gifted& learning disabled Melbourne, Hawker Brownlow Education, c.1993

COWIE, Maxine  Breaking the cycle of learning difficulties c. Starjump 2003

DE BONO, Edward Six Action Shoes" © The McQuaig Group 1991 Harper Business 1991

GAGNE Francoys PhD  A Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent  (DMGT) Version 2.0

GOLON, ALEXANDRA SHIRES For her books see http://www.visual-learners.com/books-visual-spatial-learners.html

MARTIN,  Areva D. The 2e Dilemma: Understanding and Educating the Twice-Exceptional Child This article first appeared in the June 2006 issue of Los Angeles Parent Magazine http://www.2enewsletter.com/article_2e_dilemma.html

NEUMANN, Linda C.  What Can We Learn from a Tale of Two Cities?

SILVERMAN, Linda Kreger Upside-Down Brilliance Denver Colorado, DeLeon, 2002

SINGER, Lee   If Gifted = Asynchronous Development, then Gifted/Special Needs = Asynchrony Squared From Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Twice Exceptional Students, Kiesa Kay ed., Avocus Publishing: Gilsum, NH, 2000.

STRICKLAND, Cindy Living and learning with Dabrowski's overexcitabilities  or I can't help it I'm overexcitable A teaching unit by Cindy Strickland

TOLAN, Stephanie    Is it a cheetah?  c1996 Stephanie S. Tolan http://www.stephanietolan.com/is_it_a_cheetah.htm

TOLAN, Stephanie  Dabrowski's Over-excitabilities A layman's explanation
Written for Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, February, 1999

TOLAN, Stephanie  The problem of pain
Revised, originally published in the
Gifted Education Communicator (California Association for the Gifted), Volume 31, No. 4, Fall 2000    http://www.stephanietolan.com/problem_of_pain.htm


Website references for Feetspeak 2E shoes

Edward De Bono

De Bono Institute Melbourne

Francoys Gagne's DMGT model 2.0 version

2E Newsletter


LD Online http://www.ldonline.org/

Dr Linda Kreger Silverman http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/

Lesley Sword http://giftedservices.com.au/handouts/index.html

Twice exceptional (Hoagies list of sites)

(Gifted Resources list of sites)

Visual spatial  Allie Golon http://www.visualspatial.org/  

Meredith Warshaw http://www.uniquelygifted.org

Maxine Cowie www.starjump.com.au

Stephanie Tolan  http://www.stephanietolan.com

Drs Brock & Fernette Eide  Neurolearning Blog  http://www.eideneurolearningblog.blogspot.com/

Kids Like Us http://www.kidslikeus.org.au/





The Visual Aids



The Visual Aids - Mini Set





  Edward De Bono's Six Action Shoes


CLICK HERE or on the image above to open the PDF File
describing the types of gifted program which would be developed using
De Bono's 6 Action Shoes as the planning tool


Blog posts about Feetspeak 2E shoes

        Blog posts about the De Bono 6 Action Shoes and other Feetspeak footwear can be found on
        Sprite's Site blog at

        Orange gumboots http://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/orange-gumboots/

        Pink slippers 

        Grey sneakers 

        Blue formal shoes 

        Purple riding boots 

        Brown brogues 

        More shoes 

        Plaster cast

        One size shoe cover system



Topics included in Feetspeak 2E shoes


                        Distinguishing characteristics of Gifted and 2E

                       Gagne's Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent
               How does your gifted program measure up?
                       Which shoe colour elements do you include?

                      AdDressing the Feetspeak feet
                      Building an individualized 2E program

                      S.C.A.M.P.E.R. Thinking about possible
                      methods of adapting material for 2E students

                     Carrying Stuff - a look at the emotional baggage, intensities and
                     sensitivities 2E students could be carrying

                      Good King Wenceslas and the Purple Riding Boots
                       Leadership skills programs   Biographies, EUMY units
                       Night of the Notables and Mentors and Mentor Programs eg PLIESE



               Sprite's Site Blog

                 Sprite, the cartoon character who is the poster child for the Feetspeak presentations, has taken on a life
                 of her own and now has her own Blog  and presentations based on her

                You can read about the character of Sprite at About Sprite

Most of the storylines on the blog are about Sprite and are used to help provide information about 2E Twice Exceptional students who are both gifted and have some
                learning  difficulty or learning style difference and to give links to helpful resources.

               Sprite’s giftedness is apparent in her thirst for knowledge and love of research and experiments  and in the deep, sometimes existential type questions she asks.

              Storylines on the blog often deal with trying to find ideal provisions for Sprite’s education and advocating for her



             A main theme is using De Bono’s Six Action Shoes as a planning tool to find programs that will be suitable for gifted students who also have a learning difficulty
             or different learning style.











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