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A Quick Guide to Special Needs and Disabilities

A Quick Guide to Special Needs and Disabilities

First Edition

January 2017 | 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


    Brittle Bone Disease

    Cerebral Palsy

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Cystic Fibrosis



    Foetal Alcohol Syndrome


    Hearing Impairment

    Heart Disease



    Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis


    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


    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


    Down Syndrome




    Sensory Processing Disorder

    Speech and Language Impairments

    Tourette’s Syndrome

    Williams Syndrome

    Attachment Disorder

    Bipolar Disorder


    Eating Disorders

    Emotional Behavioural Disorder

    General Anxiety Disorder

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    Personality Disorder


    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


    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


    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


    Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT)

    Mentoring and Critical Friendship



    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

    A very useful book for our students to springboard their knowledge and understanding of additional needs and disabilities.

    Mrs Gemma Greengrass
    Higher education, Norwich City College of FE And HE
    March 8, 2022

    This is a really helpful book which encompasses a lot of the key topics covered in the module.

    Mrs Claire Carkin
    Healthcare, Nursing & Social Work, City College Norwich
    March 31, 2022

    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
    July 16, 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 23, 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
    November 11, 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
    November 17, 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
    October 23, 2017

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