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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


    A good resource for students to gain essential background knowledge

    Ms liz major
    Early Years Department, West Herts College
    October 19, 2016

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