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Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs
A Guide for Inclusive Practice

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328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With a Foreword from Baroness Warnock, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the field of special educational needs (SEN). It contains chapters written by a range of experts on different aspects of SEN, and is full of practical suggestions for how to achieve effective, inclusive practice. Various research perspectives are considered, the value of labels is examined and the need to recognize the overlapping characteristics between different syndromes is highlighted. Chapters focus on translating theory into classroom practice, and include case studies covering the Birth to 19 age range.

There is coverage of:

  • SEN and the state of research
  • SEN and legal issues
  • Parents' perspectives
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Dyspraxia and occupational therapy
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Behavioral Optometry
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Asperger Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Tourette Syndrome

Ideal for those undertaking teacher education courses, as well as experienced teachers, therapists and policy makers, this book is a guide to understanding and supporting learners with additional needs.

Baroness Warnock
Gavin Reid and Lindsay Peer
Sheila Riddell, Elisabet Weedon and Neville Harris
Special and Additional Support Needs in England and Scotland: Current Dilemmas and Solutions
Elias Avramidis and Brahm Norwich
The State of the Research: Compromise, Consensus or Disarray?
Artemi Sakellariadis
Inclusion and SEN: A Dialogic Inquiry into Controversial Issues
Charles Weedon
SEN: The Potential Impact and Influence of the Social Model of Disability
Janet Farrugia and Janet O'Keefe
Speech and Language
Tony Sirimanna
Auditory Processing Disorder
Jane Abdullah
Dyspraxia from an Occupational Therapy Perspective
Keith Holland
Vision and Learning
Sheena Bell and Bernadette McLean
Good Practice in Training Specialist Teachers and Assessors of People with Dyslexia
Margaret Crombie
Neville Brown and Daryl Brown
The Morphological Approach
Steve Chinn
Managing Learning Difficulties and Dyscalculia
Dr Richard Soppitt
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or Hyperkinetic Disorder)
John Ravenscroft
Visual Impairment and Mainstream Education: Beyond Mere Awareness-Raising
Jill Duncan
Students with Hearing Loss
Gavin Reid and Sionah Lannen
Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Challenges, Issues and Responses
Judy Barrow and John Davidson
Understanding Tourette Syndrome
Kevin Woods
SEN: The Role and Perspectives of Practitioner Educational Psychologists
John Friel
SEN and Legal Issues: Advocacy and Accountability
Lindsay Peer, Gavin Reid and Susan Strachan
Parents' Perspectives

'This is a comprehensive guide that covers many of the facets of special educational needs...Each section contains a collection of essays and includes work from many prominent names in the field of special education'
-Claire O'Keeffe, Special Children

'It includes some interesting individual chapters that will be of particular interest to SENCOs undertaking postgraduate studies, and it is good to see contributions from acknowledges experts in a range of disciplines'
-SENCO Update

'This book is timely. I hope that it will be very widely read' -
Mary Warnock

'I had a read of the sample chapter and it is very good. It is great to see proper evidence based work in our field and not just conjecture. I was also interested to read the comparison with the Scottish experience'
John McKendrick, Barrister

'Due to its organisation and succinctness, it would be of interest to all wanting to explore SEN a little further'

'Edited by two experts in the field of special educational needs, Lindsay Peer and Gavin Reid, this book makes an immediate impact as being worth reading'

'It truly is a multidisciplinary publication, which addresses the complexities and vagaries that exist within the educational system'
British Journal of Occupational Therapy'

'This is an excellent reference source for all of those working to support children with additional needs, whether at home, in school or in hospital'

Ian Mcculloch
Former Depute Headmaster, Cumnock Academy, Ayrshire, UK
Journal of Mental Health

This book brings together a wealth of information and guidance from professionals in the field of Special Educational Needs... ideal for anyone wanting to become a specialist teacher.

Shobha Coutinho
Dyslexia Review

A really good general text which is useful for students to get a 'big picture' overview.

Jennifer Woods
Education, Liverpool John Moores University
July 1, 2015

This was recommended as a useful book for students who wish to get a good overview of SEN and Inclusion.

Dr Austin Griffiths
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
May 20, 2015

Very clear and accessible with learning objectives at the start of each chapter and a summary and further reading at the end. I particularly valued Part 3 on syndromes and barriers which is informative and the final part is indeed very timely as it considers 'working together'. A very useful resource.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty , Chester University
April 13, 2015

An excellent book when delivering special needs. The chapters within in the book are all relevant and current to what is happening in the world of special needs. An excellent resource for my students.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
March 24, 2015

Excellent book

Mrs Amanda Kelland
Newport School of Education, University of South Wales (Newport)
November 20, 2014

A particularly useful guide for undergraduate students which introduces a variety of significant themes relating to SEND. The structure of the book, activities and links to websites and additional reading provide a particularly engaging approach to promoting discussion and learner independence.

Mr Jonathan Reid
School of Education, Oxford Brookes Univ.
September 11, 2014

An interesting and up to date book which will be a valuable source of information for teachers who have SEN students in their classroom

Ms Mandy Carter
CHA, NPTC group Newtown campus
August 4, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Lindsay Peer

Dr Lindsay Peer CBE, practitioner psychologist, international speaker, author and expert witness, and is widely recognised as an expert in the range of Specific Learning Difficulties, special educational needs and mainstream education. In 2002, she was appointed CBE for services to Education and Dyslexia. She is a Patron of GroOops, a charity dedicated to creating an emotionally healthy, dyslexia aware world. In 2011, she was presented with an Outstanding Lifetime Academic Achievement Award by the British Dyslexia Association. In 2017, she won a Science Council Chartered Scientist CPD Commendation. She is an Associate Fellow and... More About Author

Gavin Reid

Dr. Gavin Reid is an international consultant and psychologist with consultancies in Canada, UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australasia. He was Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, in the Department of Education and Counseling Psychology and Special Education in 2007 and 2010.?He is chair of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board and an ambassador for the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre in the UK and is a Consultant/Psychologist for the Centre for Child Evaluation and Teaching (CCET) in Kuwait and the Lighthouse Learning Centre in Cairo. He is also a director of the Red Rose School... More About Author

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