Working with Parents of Children with Additional Needs

This book will equip early years educators with the basic information they require in order to respond appropriately to the child and their parents. The emphasis is on helping the child to participate as fully as possible in the curriculum, on equal terms with their peers.

The book has been designed to complement the principles, practice and learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework, and the goals, capabilities and learning outcomes of the National Curriculum. It will inform, support and inspire educators by:

  • explaining the benefits of parents becoming active participants in their child’s experience
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  • providing insight into the concerns parents with children of additional needs may have and how you can overcome these together
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  • giving practical advice on how to improve communication, confidence and trust between the early years setting and parents
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  • advising on how to give parents appropriate and timely support
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  • giving an insight into the perspective of parents through lots of quotes and tips
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  • showing how to maximise a child’s early years experience by working together with parents in a partnership

Ages: 0-5 years

About the Author

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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.