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 DME Publications

When an individual has high learning potential alongside another condition (or conditions) which can hinder their learning (special educational need or disability – SEND) they are described as having Dual or Multiple Exceptionality (DME). In the USA they use the term twice-exceptional (2e). Below are a selection of publications which help to understand how DME can impact a child’s life and offer information on how to support children with DME.

Publications: Dual or Multiple Exceptionality – General


Parenting Dual Exceptional Children by Denise Yates Front Cover

Parenting Dual Exceptional Children

Denise Yates

Published 2022 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

This book is a comprehensive, practical guide to Dual or Multiple Exceptionality (DME). It offers a strengths-based approach towards helping parents to recognise and focus on their child’s areas of potential, support them towards better attainment and self-esteem and to build on their abilities whilst also identifying and addressing areas of difficulty. It provides an understanding of the mixed learning profile of children with DME, as well as guidance for parents on working positively with schools and providing their child with the support they need.

Publications: Education


Front Cover School Handbook for Dual and Multiple Exceptionality

The School Handbook for Dual and Multiple Exceptionality: High Learning Potential with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities

Denise Yates and Adam Boddison

Published 2020 (Routledge)

The School Handbook for Dual and Multiple Exceptionality (DME) offers a range of practical strategies to support SENCOs, GATCOs, school leaders and governors in developing effective provision for children that have both High Learning Potential and Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. Building on the principles of child-centred provision and coproduction, it provides useful tips on developing the school workforce to better identify and meet the needs of learners with DME.


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Teaching Gifted Children with Special Educational Needs: Supporting Dual or Multiple Exceptionality

Diane Montgomery

Published 2015 (Routledge)

Children with both giftedness and special educational needs are often found in mainstream classrooms. This essential resource provides an overview of existing knowledge about dual and multiple exceptionality (DME), examining the needs of gifted and talented children from both the class teacher’s and SENCo’s perspectives.


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Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching and Counseling Gifted Students

Beverly A. Trail

Published 2010 (Routledge)

This comprehensive text provides an overview of who these students are, how teachers can tap into their strengths and weaknesses, and what educational strategies should be implemented to help these students succeed in school and beyond. The book will guide a collaborative team step-by-step through the process of identifying students’ needs, selecting modifications and accommodations, and developing a comprehensive plan to meet the diverse needs of twice exceptional children.

Publications: Neurodiversity


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Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders

James T. Webb et al

Published 2nd ed., 2016 (Gifted Unlimited, LLC)

This book includes discussions on diagnoses commonly given to gifted children and adults, characteristics of gifted children and adults, traits of diagnoses incorrectly given to gifted children and adults, guidelines to avoid mislabelling gifted children, parent-child relationship problems, issues for gifted adults, and advice for selecting a counsellor or health care professional.

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Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes

Jennifer Elder

Published 2005 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Eight-year-old Quinn, a young autistic boy, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autistic heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in-just like Quinn.


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Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Difficulties

Deirdre V. Lovecky

Published 2003 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Recognising the different levels and kinds of giftedness, this book provides an insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with attention difficulties. Explaining why certain children are gifted and how giftedness is manifested, each chapter on a specific topic addresses the relevance for children with AD/HD, autism and Asperger Syndrome. Lovecky guides parents and professionals through methods of diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behaviour and relationships at home and at school.


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Multicoloured Mayhem: Parenting the Many Shades of Adolescents and Children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD

Jacqui Jackson

Published 2003 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Jacqui Jackson has seven children. Luke (author of Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome) has Asperger Syndrome, Joe has ADHD, and Ben has autism. Life is anything but straightforward, but the chaos of the Jacksons’ lives is threaded through with humour and common sense. Full of anecdotes and lively thinking, the book explains vividly what it is like to parent young people with such a range of conditions and provides a wealth of helpful and creative advice for other parents and carers.

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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User’s Guide to Adolescence

Luke Jackson

Published 2002 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Have you ever been called a freak or a geek? Have you ever felt like one? Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are more difficult. Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome, the result is often explosive. Luke has three sisters and one brother in various stages of their adolescent and teenage years but he is acutely aware of just how different he is and how little information is available for adolescents like himself.


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Stand Up for Autism: A Boy, a Dog and a Prescription for Laughter

Georgina J. Derbyshire

Published 2010 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

When we tell someone that our child is autistic, the most common response is a sad face and an apologetic look. I hate it when people say ‘I’m sorry to hear that’. Parenting a child on the autistic spectrum can be tough at the best of times, but few books take the time to celebrate the love and laughter an autistic child can elicit in their parents and those around them. In this warm, honest and laugh-out-loud tale of bringing up Bobby, now ten, Georgina Derbyshire shares and rejoices in his ‘slightly different’ childhood.


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Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

Published 2008 (Guilford Press)

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” 4- to 13-year-old might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Research into child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed, lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills” – the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organised, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. This book advocates an approach to help.

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Caged in Chaos: A Dyspraxic Guide to Breaking Free

Victoria Biggs

Published 2nd ed., 2014 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Written by a teenager with dyspraxia, this is a humorous and inspiring practical guide for young adults with dyspraxia and those around them trying to get to grips with the physical, social and psychological chaos caused by developmental co-ordination disorders (DCDs). In her own conversational style, Victoria Biggs explains the primary effects of dyspraxia – disorganisation, clumsiness and poor short-term memory – as well as other difficulties that dyspraxic teenagers encounter, such as bullying and low self-esteem.


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The Einstein Syndrome: Bright Children Who Talk Late

Thomas Sowell

Published 2002 (Basic Books)

The Einstein Syndrome is a follow-up to “Late-Talking Children”. While many children who talk late suffer from developmental disorders or autism, there is a certain well-defined group who are developmentally normal or even quite bright, yet who may go past their fourth birthday before beginning to talk.

Publications: Social and Emotional


Living with Intensity

Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults

edited by Susan Daniels and Michael M Piechowski

Published 2009 (Gifted Unlimited, LLC)

Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination as not paying attention, their passion as being disruptive, their strong emotions and sensitivity as immaturity, and their creativity and self-directedness as oppositional. This book describes these overexcitabilities, as well as strategies for dealing with children and adults who experience them.

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The Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity: How to Get More Out of Life and Learning

Lisa Rivero

Published 2010 (Gifted Unlimited, LLC)

This book is written for pre-teens and teens who love to learn, although they might not love school. Read about how to understand your intensity, manage perfectionism and self-talk, understand your parents better, and take charge of your education, whether you go to state school, private school, or homeschool. Discover yourself as an intense and excitable learner, a creative learner, and a self-directed learner.


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When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers: How to Meet their Social and Emotional Needs

Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle

Published 2nd ed. revised, 2015 (Free Spirit Publishing)

The authors present ways to advocate for gifted education; help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and twice-exceptional students; and provide all gifted kids with a safe, supportive learning environment.


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On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Kids: Understanding and Guiding Their Development

Tracy L Cross

Published 5th ed., 2017 (Routledge)

This book tackles important and timely issues dealing with the social and emotional needs of today’s gifted children, including who gifted children are and what giftedness means; how parents, teachers, and other professionals can guide gifted children; the issues facing gifted learners in the 21st century, such as technology and terrorism; and how the education of gifted children can adapt for the future.


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Reach For The Moon

Samantha Abeel

Published 1994 (Pfeifer-Hamilton Pubs)

A beautiful book of poetry and stories by a 13-year-old with dyscalculia reflecting her feelings and experiences.

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The Language of Goldfish

Zibby O’Neal

Published 1989 (Viking Press)

A novel about a 13-year-old girl struggling with anxiety and on the verge of a mental breakdown. Suitable for ages 12 years and up.

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