Occupational Therapy for Children with DME or Twice Exceptionality: A Practical Approach to Support High Learning Potential, Sensory Processing Differences and Self-Regulation by Mariza Ferreira and Rebecca Howell

Children with high learning potential or giftedness have remarkable potential. Despite this, these children can struggle to participate in everyday life because of a range of needs that are sometimes misunderstood, overlooked or not adequately addressed, leading to underachievement and, in turn, low self-esteem. Needs that, in many cases, paediatric occupational therapists are best suited to address.

Full of examples and with the voices of parents and children at its heart, this book outlines the DME-C tried-and-tested approach to helping children who have challenges relating to their high learning potential, as well as sensory processing differences, unhelpful thought patterns and self-regulation. It draws on the heart of occupational therapy that considers the whole profile of the child, actively caters to the unique profiles of children with dual or multiple exceptionality (DME) and guides therapists towards therapy provision that is strengths-based and achieves favourable outcomes. This resource is essential reading for occupational therapists, SENCOs, education psychologists and other relevant professionals

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Publisher: ‎ Routledge (11 Jan. 2024)

ISBN: 1032366168

This book:

  • Includes a clear and comprehensive introduction to high learning potential and DME, along with guidance to help identify children with these profiles
  • Covers questions and concerns occupational therapists may have when working with children with DME
  • Considers the similarities and differences between high learning potential/DME and neurodivergent conditions such as developmental coordination disorder, autism and ADHD, with a focus on sensory processing differences
  • Explains, in easy-to-understand language, the full DME-C therapy approach, with a range of example activities to use in therapy to achieve its principles, and a suggested therapy progression plan
  • Is packed full of real-life case studies to translate theory into practice
  • Empowers therapists and educational professionals further by drawing attention to how they can better relate to children with DME in therapy regardless of the children’s specific needs
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