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Teaching and Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Primary Schools

Teaching and Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Primary Schools

Second Edition

March 2015 | 208 pages | Learning Matters
If you are a primary trainee, or are training to support children in primary schools, this is your guide to working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  

We begin by exploring what is meant by SEND in primary schools and go on to cover all you need to know about your statutory responsibilities in school.  Current legislation and the Code of Conduct are covered, to give you lots of information about the content you will be working in.  The book then examines the range of needs you will encounter in primary schools giving you details information and practical advice.

This second edition has been fully restructured and updated to include a new section on the key theory relating to SEND.  Exploring theories and theorist that you will need to know about to fully understand how to support children.  Also new for this edition is a chapter focusing on the role of the SENCO in the primary school.  Finally, the book includes more practical support to help you in the classroom.  Checklists to help you to work comprehensively and information about useful resources and outside agencies.
PART 1 Understanding Special Educational Needs
1. What do we mean by 'special educational needs' in primary schools?
PART 2 Theory
2. Inclusive education: theoretical perspectives
PART 3 Supporting children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
3. Understanding behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
4. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
5. Dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia
6. Supporting children with autistic spectrum disorders
7. Visual and hearing impairment
8. Speech, language and communication difficulties
9. Identification and assessment
10. An inclusive classroom
11. Practical strategies for supporting and teaching children with special educational needs and disabilities
12. School based training
13. The role of the SENCO

This a strong text, covering a wide range of SEN topics. It provides a range of case studies and activities to apply learning.

Mrs Issy Hallam
Psychology, South Devon College
May 6, 2017

Very useful text for ITE students

Mrs Nanna Ryder
School of Itet, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
October 7, 2016

The is a comprehensive text with a number of practical ideas to support children who have been identified as needing support.

Miss Adri Vorster
Department of Psychology, University of Witwatersrand
October 13, 2015

This book would be a useful tool for SENCos new to role. It gives a clear overview of some of the tensions and dilemmas within SEN education. Equally it gives specific information regarding specialist areas. A good introduction.

Ms Helen Curran
School Of Education, Bath Spa University
September 25, 2015

This is an excellent resource for students in ITE and practising teachers. It covers all aspects of SEND in a concise and practical manner. The Refelective tasks and the Practical tasks are useful for students but also as a basis for CPD and staff room discussion. The combined wealth of experience of the authors shines through in all aspects of the text!

Ms Maggie Bowen
Faculty of Education & Children's Services, Chester University
September 21, 2015

An essential read for undergraduates on all of our routes. An accessible way into understanding how to support children with SEND.

Ms Lis Bundock
Education, Brighton University
September 10, 2015

Highly recommended to all students

Mr Philip Jefferies
Department of Primary Education, Greenwich University
June 29, 2015

I like the way that this book has been written. It easy to find your way about with interesting case studies and thought provoking tasks for the reader. There are also good references for further reading on the subject too.

Sue Miles-Pearson
School of Education, University of Roehampton
June 25, 2015

Useful background reading and practical tips for practitioner

Miss Nicola Wilson
Earty Years, Exeter College
June 12, 2015

This is an excellent text especially for Year One students as it provides clear explanations of terms. Case studies, practical tasks and points for reflection are especially useful as this encourages discussion, reflection and evaluation of personal and professional expereinces and practice.

Faculty of Education, University of The West of England
June 1, 2015

1. Completely restructured

2. New section on the theory of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

3. New chapter on the role of the SENCO in primary schools

4. More practical support materials like checklists and lists of useful resources

Note:  The book as a whole is now far more friendly for those learning to be support staff in schools, as well as trainee teachers.