Dual and Multiple Exceptionality: An introduction and practical guide

Diane Montgomery, Professor Emerita,
Middlesex University, London


DME refers to children who are more able or even gifted and who also have a special educational need or learning disability that undermines their achievement in school. The most common Special or Additional Needs are Dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Developmental Coordination Difficulties (DCD) and Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Their links to underachievement will be explained and followed up in the later workshops using case examples.

Giftedness and each learning disability will be outlined to identify the different needs and show how they can be managed and the learning disabilities remediated in the home and school.

Professor Diane Montgomery PhD is an international expert on teaching methods, underachievement, giftedness and special needs. She has lectured widely on these topics in Australia, Europe, USA, the Middle East and the UK. She is the author of more than 30 books on DME, giftedness, underachievement, dyslexia, behaviour problems, slower learners, appraisal, classroom observation, study skills and learning and teaching strategies.

She is a qualified teacher, teacher educator and chartered psychologist. She wrote and ran distance-learning MAs in G Ed, SpLD and SEN for Middlesex University, London where she was Head of the School of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education and Performing Arts.

Her latest books are:

‘Dyslexia-friendly Approaches to Reading, Spelling and Handwriting, A toolkit for teachers', (Routledge, 2017, April)

Teaching Gifted Children with Special Educational Needs. Supporting Dual and Multiple Exceptionality (Routledge, 2015)