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A Quick Guide to Special Needs and Disabilities

First Edition


November 2016 | 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. 

    Also from Bob Bates:
    Educational Leadership Simplified
    Learning Theories Simplified

     
    PART 1 : Physical Impairements
    Allergies

     
    Asthma

     
    Brittle Bone Disease

     
    Cerebral Palsy

     
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

     
    Cystic Fibrosis

     
    Diabetes

     
    Epilepsy

     
    Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

     
    Haemophilia

     
    Hearing Impairment

     
    Heart Disease

     
    Hemiplegia

     
    Hydrocephalus

     
    Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

     
    Microcephalus

     
    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

     
    Ataxia

     
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

     
    Autism

     
    Down Syndrome

     
    Dyscalculia

     
    Dyslexia

     
    Dyspraxia

     
    Sensory Processing Disorder

     
    Speech and Language Impairments

     
    Tourette’s Syndrome

     
    Williams Syndrome

     
    Attachment Disorder

     
    Bipolar Disorder

     
    Depression

     
    Eating Disorders

     
    Emotional Behavioural Disorder

     
    General Anxiety Disorder

     
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

     
    Personality Disorder

     
    Phobias

     
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

     
    Schizophrenia

     
    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

     
    Obesity

     
    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

     
    Makaton

     
    Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT)

     
    Mentoring and Critical Friendship

     
    Mindfulness

     
    Neurodiversity

     
    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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