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Special Needs and Early Years

Special Needs and Early Years
A Practitioner Guide

Third Edition

January 2011 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In the third edition of this respected and influential textbook, Kate Wall blends theory and practice with an informative and highly accessible writing style to provide a detailed analysis of provision for young children with additional needs.

New to this edition are:

  • up-to-date information on all the relevant policies and legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Every Child Matters (ECM) and the training guidelines for new SENCOs;

  • a timeline showing the development of policies and legislation in the field;

  • learning objectives at the beginning of chapters;

  • points for reflection, to aid independent study and facilitate critical thinking;

  • new case studies, covering the Birth to 8 age range;

  • new content on the role of fathers, pupil voice and listening to children, taking an holistic view of the child, and current issues around diversity and inclusion.

This book is essential reading for early years students and practitioners, and for all those working with young children with special educational needs and their families.

Legislation and Policy
Families of Children with Special Needs
Partnerships with Parents
Responding to the Affective Needs of Young Children
Observation and Assessment
Programmes of Intervention
Interagency Working
Inclusive Education for Young Children
Key Issues for Consideration

Information contained within this book is clear and concise. It is good to use as supplementary reading to enhance the lessons taught in the classroom.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
September 18, 2014

This book covers the basic themes that are delivered in our course modules. The layout is clear and the writing is appropriate for level 4 learners. I especially like the glossary of acronyms at the beginning.

Mrs Claire Jackson
School of Education, Kingston University
July 9, 2014

This text served as a useful introduction to key issues surrounding special needs in the early years for Year 1 students on the Early Childhood programme.

Mrs Sally Spruce
Education, Faculty Of Applied Sciences
July 2, 2014

This is a comprehensive essential guide for all those who work within the Early Years setting who are required to develop their subject knowledge in Special Educational Needs.

Highly recommended!

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
June 17, 2014

Highly recommended book, this book has a wide range of up to date context covering a wide range of special education needs and policy, covering practice.

Miss Mehjabeen Shaukat
Teacher Education, Tameside College
April 4, 2014

Anyone covering special needs will find this book an excellent resource. I wish I had it earlier but this will really help my students. Well presented and full of relevant and up to date information.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
April 3, 2014

a super text that links EY and SEN in a very concise manner

Miss Donna Luck
early years, Northampton University
March 7, 2014

Superb specialist input for degree level students, or practitioners operating in a SEN environment. I have recommended this to my students.

Mr Steven Burton
School of Education, University Centre Barnsley
January 30, 2014

An informative book offering information regarding key national legislation as well as an insight into the various organisations which support those with identified additional support needs. Ideal for supplementing lecture and workshop inputs and for providing students with a more rounded-picture.

Mrs Sue Fraser
School of Education, Social Work &, Dundee University
January 8, 2014

An excellent book that covers the SEN module. It presents interesting case studies that can be easily used for seminars and activities.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
October 8, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Legislation and policy

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