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Teaching and Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Primary Schools
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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 book has been suggested for qualified teachers who are completing professional development with the university. It has been suggested to use this text to support the development of teachers.

Julian Brown
School of Education (Park Campus), University of Northampton
May 21, 2015

A clear and up to date resource

Mrs Alison Loughnane
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
May 15, 2015

This book provides very valuable advice to trainee teachers learning how to ensure they address the needs of all children effectively.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Faculty of Education Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
May 7, 2015

an incredibly accessible text, I can see many uses for it on many courses. Definitely one to have!

Dr Liane Purnell
Education, Newman University College Department of Education and Profes
May 5, 2015

A very useful text for the Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice Foundation Degree. It is current and covers the Primary School age range. The focus is on behavioural, emotional and social needs. The case studies in particular will be very useful to encourage thinking and discussion.

Mrs Claire Jackson
School of Education, Kingston University
April 27, 2015

Not as relevant to my modules as I had anticipated it might be.

Pamela Dewis
Early Childhood, Sheffield Hallam Univ.
April 24, 2015

A 'general' book that covers a breadth of SEND issues. I would have liked to see more of the underpinning theory in order to recommend this book beyond 'supplementary' reading, for example, on page 79 regarding multisensory teaching, it is correct that "all senses need to be stimulated" but I need my students to go beyond this and say why this is the case. Page 74 talks of 'diagnosing' dyslexia and I feel this could be better approached by using the words "identifying dyslexia" especially as earlier chapters describe the medical model and move towards a more inclusive practice.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty of Education (Parkgate), Chester University
April 13, 2015

This text is extremely useful to other professionals as well as teachers, themselves. It gives an understanding of the issues and approaches used in supporting children with educational needs. For Occupational therapists working in this field, it gives invaluable information and insights.

Mr Neil Robdale
Health, Social Care, Sport & Ex. Sci, Glyndwr University
March 26, 2015

A useful text which concisely articulates the different positions on inclusive education in current educational contexts.

Ms Siobhan Mellor
School of Health and Education, Middlesex University
December 4, 2014

A very comprehensive text especially in the light of recent changes to SEND provision. Very practical advise, accessible for my level 5 students.

Mrs Tracy Jane Wallis
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
November 20, 2014
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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.