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Special Needs in Practice

Revised Edition

Special Needs in Practice - Revised edition features clear explanations of how each condition manifests are followed by advice on what settings can do to ensure these conditions are not a barrier to children's learning and social engagement, this book is a 'must have' for early years settings. It includes a comprehensive section on therapies so as to introduce new ideas on helping children with special needs to obtain full benefit from their early years care and education.

Ages: 3-7 | Pages: 80 | Code: 0982 | ISBN: 9781927190210

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Selena Ledgerton

Selena Ledgerton is a childcare and education consultant who has worked in care, special provision, and mainstream schools. Selena specialises in working with children with special needs, violent tendencies and social and behavioural disorders and has previously written several books.


Introduction: Why develop inclusive practice?4
Section One: General principles and considerations6
Early identification and intervention6
Providing for all children: differentiation, consolidation and extension8
Working with parents of children with special educational needs10
Working with other professionals12
Including disabled children: practical ideas for play14
Bringing in art, play, sensory play and relaxation therapies15
Facilitating emotional literacy23
Managing children's behaviour25
Establishing better behaviour27
Section Two: Identifying and supporting young children with ...31
Attachment disorders31
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder35
Cerebral palsy39
Communication delay41
Down's syndrome46
Dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder (DCD)50
Learning difficulties52
More (relative) ability54
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)56
Tourette's syndrome61
Visual impairment64
Section Three: Inclusive policy, procedures and resources67
SEN policy, action plan, IEPs and administrative considerations67
Disabilities within the context of anti-discrimination legislation72
Points to consider when developing and revising SEN policy74
Action plan (points to consider when developing and revising it)75
Observation record (template)77
Individual education plan (template)78
Review document (template)79
Further reading80