Meeting Special Needs Series

Meeting Special Needs is a series of six practical and concise handbooks designed to give help and guidance to teachers and professionals working with or caring for children with special educational needs and disorders.

The books include sections on:

  • understanding the condition and recognising symptoms
  • strategies for a supportive preschool or school environment
  • supporting the child and their carers
  • individual education plans
  • working with other professionals

All of which is designed to ensure children with special educational needs are fully supported and included. The books are written by renowned specialists in the fields, and have been carefully adapted for Australian and New Zealand conditions.

Ages: 0-8 years

About the Authors

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.

Collette Drifte

Collette Drifte is a freelance writer and educational consultant, with 22 years of teaching experience in mainstream and special education.

Mary Mountstephen

Mary Mountstephen has worked in education for many years. Her experience has been in mainstream, special and independent schools as a class teacher, special needs co-ordinator and primary Headteacher. She writes articles and books about barriers to learning and in working with schools and organizations internationally.
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Anne Vize

Anne has worked as a special educator in a variety of settings, and holds a Masters degree in Special Education. Her experiences include teaching children and young adults with intellectual, learning and physical disabilities as well as behavioural challenges which make attendance at school a challenge.

As well as teaching classroom literacy and numeracy, Anne has worked as a teacher of sport and recreation and has taught within the Professional Writing and Editing course at Chisholm Institute.

To date she describes her most challenging and inspiring teaching moment as being deciding to take a group of teenagers with varying disabilities including autism, attention deficit disorder, intellectual disabilities and behavioural issues to Sydney from Melbourne in a minibus to watch the 2000 Paralympic Games — driving and camping for the whole five day trip!

A previous recipient of a Queen's Trust scholarship award to visit New Zealand and Fijian special education settings, Anne is committed to constantly updating and extending her skills into new and diverse areas of writing and education.