Utilizing DIR® to Understand and Support Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Individuals

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Live on Zoom


$ 180.00

Utilizing DIR® to Understand and Support Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Individuals

Kassie Allison, MOT, OTR/L and Rachel Ottley, OTR/L

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time

Scheduled Date: 4/11; 4/18; 4/25; 5/2; 5/9; 5/16

6 session | 1.5 hours per session

Online via Zoom


The Gifted/2E Masterclass will examine the unique complexities of children and adolescents who are gifted and also possess learning disabilities or neurodevelopmental differences. Lecture, case studies, video reviews and client interviews will encourage individual reflection of the complexities of asynchronous development for Gifted/2E populations through the lens of DIR®. Participants will explore the individual differences contributing to common challenges for the 2E population and identify specific strategies for scaffolding skills within the FEDC. Group discussion will facilitate analysis of the utilization of DIRFloortime® strategies to support 2E clients. This course is designed to support clinical reasoning related to assessment of and clinical intervention for Gifted and 2E children and adolescents within the DIR® framework. While the class will not cover academics or educational programming, educators may benefit from the course in order to better understand and support their Gifted/2E students.

Learning Objectives

Understand how being Twice-Exceptional impacts function throughout development.

Apply learned strategies to interventions utilizing the DIRFloortime® framework.

Analyze individual differences of 2E clients and identify “holes” within their FEDCs.

Who should attend?

Intermediate material; OT, SLP, mental health practitioner, teachers; must have fair understanding of the DIR® model

Presenters: Kassie Allison, MOT, OTR/L, is the founder and CEO of Greenhouse Pediatric Therapy, a social-emotional specialty clinic embracing the DIR® model. Rachel Ottley, OTR/L, is the Director of Therapy Services at Greenhouse. Together they strive to create a community where the neurodivergent can thrive – through DIR® intervention, caregiver coaching, clinical mentorship, community teaching and professional continuing education courses. Kassie and Rachel received their Fellows Certification through Profectum in 2019. Kassie and Rachel are both Twice-Exceptional and have a particular passion for working with gifted and 2E kiddos.