Conference Papers

Dual and Multiple Exceptionality: making education provision for SEN and gifted learners.

This topic will form a chapter in an undergraduate textbook to be published early Spring 2019.

Dual and multiple exceptionality (DME) is becoming a significant topic in the field of SEN. There has been much research into supporting and teaching for special needs, but a number of these individuals often have high ability in other aspects of their learning and vice versa. Thus, this high ability is frequently masked by the presence of a learning difficulty, disability or disorder and causes underachievement in school and life.

Often these individuals are functioning at a similar level to their peers although but the giftedness is missed.

Common difficulties seen alongside giftedness include:
Asperger’s syndrome
dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia
auditory and visual processing disorders
sensory processing disorders, including dyspraxia
non-verbal learning disorder.

Key points will address issues such as:

Identifying a DME child
How to spot a DME child in the classroom
Supporting a DME child’s strengths and special needs
A potential strategy to support the DME child in school

Cotterill, T. (2018) 'Dual and Multiple Exceptionality: making education provision for SEN and gifted learners.', paper presented to The 14th Annual Conference of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), 27–29 June, viewed 13 August 2020, <>

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