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A Quick Guide to Special Needs and Disabilities

A Quick Guide to Special Needs and Disabilities

First Edition

January 2017 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A Quick Guide to Special Needs is an easy go-to guide for busy teachers, SENCOs, practitioners and anyone else who is interested in pragmatic solutions to the challenges of teaching children and young people with additional needs.

Detailing over 60 conditions which cause people to have additional needs, Bob Bates helps you broaden your understanding of different physical, neurological, psychological, and developmental needs with accessible bite-sized explanations of the conditions, best practice approaches to working with these learners, and how to apply them to your everyday teaching. 

Each individual need is explained over a 2-page spread and every entry includes:

  • Case studies encouraging you to reflect on real-life situations to understand the impact each condition has on people and how they and their parents deal with it.
  • Do it steps offering a simple step-by-step approach that you can follow in order to meet additional needs arising out of these conditions.
  • Important steps for the classroom specifically for teachers to use.
  • Recommended reading, suggesting books, articles and websites where further information on specific conditions are available.

    Whether you’re a newly qualified or experienced teacher, or simply want to further your understanding on the vast variety of individual needs, this guide is the ideal dip-in dip-out reference point for SEND. 

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    Educational Leadership Simplified
    Learning Theories Simplified

    PART 1 : Physical Impairements
    Brittle Bone Disease  
    Cerebral Palsy  
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  
    Cystic Fibrosis  
    Foetal Alcohol Syndrome  
    Hearing Impairment  
    Heart Disease  
    Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis  
    Motor Neurone Disease  
    Multiple Sclerosis  
    Multiple Sensory Deprivation  
    Muscular Dystrophy  
    Restricted Growth  
    Sickle-cell Anaemia  
    Skin Disease  
    Spina Bifida  
    Visual Impairment  
    Wheelchair Users  
    PART 2: Neurological and Psychological Disorders
    Asperger’s Syndrome  
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  
    Down Syndrome  
    Sensory Processing Disorder  
    Speech and Language Impairments  
    Tourette’s Syndrome  
    Williams Syndrome  
    Attachment Disorder  
    Bipolar Disorder  
    Eating Disorders  
    Emotional Behavioural Disorder  
    General Anxiety Disorder  
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder  
    Personality Disorder  
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  
    Selective Mutism  
    PART 3: Other Additional Needs
    Disengaged and Excluded  
    Emotional Distress (bullying)  
    English as an Additional Language  
    Gifted and Talented  
    Learning Difficulties  
    Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome  
    New Migrants  
    Poor Conduct Disorder  
    Socio-Economic Difficulties (poverty)  
    Travellers and Gypsies  
    Victims of Abuse  
    Victims of Forced Marriages  
    Young Carers  
    Young Offenders  
    PART 4: Approaches for working with children and young people with additional needs
    A Strategy for Children  
    A Strategy for Parents  
    A Strategy for Teachers  
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)  
    Fundatia Inima de Copil (Heart of a Child Foundation)  
    Heuristic Play  
    Jolly Phonics  
    Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT)  
    Mentoring and Critical Friendship  
    Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)  
    Portage Home Learning  
    CERTS (Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support for Children)  
    Solihull Approach  
    SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators)  
    Transactional Analysis  
    TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children)  
    Understanding Intelligence  
    Yoga and Tai chi  

    Bob Bates’ latest book contains a wealth of information as well as practical ideas, with each one of the 60 or so entries being set out in a similar format, making it easy to dip into and to find what is most relevant to the reader at the time.

    Bob writes in a style that is easy to read and quickly catches the interest. I thought his idea of using mini-case studies, including some about people in the public eye not only added interest, but could help those with similar conditions to feel that there are role models who present a positive picture of what can be achieved and that no-one should be defined solely by the difficulties they strive to overcome.’

    Dr. Rona Tutt, OBE

    This is an extremely well researched text that covers detailed descriptions of a wide range of conditions and it would be of great value as a go-to overview of learning differences and interventions, with detailed links to resources.

    Mary Mountstephen
    SEN Magazine

    The book is clearly aimed at teachers, but would also be useful to students and health and social care professionals working with children and young people.  It is a valuable starting point for gaining quick and accessible general information in relation to the conditions and issues covered in this book, with a strong theme of inclusion throughout.

    Louise Cogher
    Journal of Intellectual Disabilities

    Great book that has snippets of a range of special needs and disabilities. Looking at real life scenarios to enable to put into context the nature of the disability ans needs of the individual

    Mrs Sunita Hensman
    Health Education and Care Department, West Herts College
    June 4, 2019

    This is an essential introductory guide for students. With the changing nature of HE students it is important to provide clarity and initial foundations of understanding in relation to the key topics we cover. Bob Bates book provides an easy to ready, comprehensive guide to key topics in SEND that are vital to the developing understanding of students new to the area. A must read.

    Mr Carl Longmore
    Institute of Education (Walsall), Wolverhampton University
    May 16, 2019

    An accessible yet informative text which students considering a placement in a SEND setting would find extremely useful

    Mrs Suzi Smale
    Psychology, Petroc College
    October 24, 2018

    This gives a valuable insight into some the of issues strategies used to work with learners who have special need or disabilities. The layout is very easy to follow and can allow you to quickly access any information needed. The mini-cases help to give you a variety of views.

    Mr Mark Young
    Accounting , Hugh Baird College
    December 15, 2016

    This covers a lot of learning difficulties at varying levels and as such is a good resource for SENCO's, Assistant Teachers and Teachers alike; but it should be remembered that the information is written almost in leaflet form, so it is a good starting point .

    Mr David Rawcliffe
    Pre-Registration Nursing, Bucks New University
    November 29, 2016

    A good resource for students to gain essential background knowledge

    Ms liz major
    Early Years Department, West Herts College
    November 17, 2016

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