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Whose Special Need?
Some Perceptions of Special Educational Needs

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January 1994 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This sharp little book pulls no punches with its opponents (real or perceived) across the ideological battleground of special education - which if nothing else makes for a refreshing read' - Child Language Teaching and Therapy

This is a book which does not dodge the issues. It encourages the reader to reflect on special educational needs from a political/ecological perspective and in doing so informs and stimulates' - Pastoral Care

This book is designed for teachers in ordinary and special schools and student teachers. It presents a number of perspectives on special needs, coming from a range of professionals and others, and shows that 'special needs' is a complex and multifaceted concept which cannot easily be described. Readers are encouraged to develop their own perspectives in the light of the views presented here.

The contributors consider: legal definitions of special education; the medical model; psychological assessment; individual and family therapies; speech therapy; sociological perspectives; self-advocacy and the curriculum; teachers' views of special schools; and parents' views.

This unique book presents a problematic concept in an accessible manner, and encourages personal reflection on practice.


Sarah Sandow
More Ways than One
Models of Special Needs

 
 
Introduction to Chapters 2 and 3
David Anderson-Ford
Legal Aid
How Special Education is Defined in Law

 
Carol Aubrey
A Testing Time for Psychologists
 
Introduction to Chapters 4,5,6 and 7
Jenny Corbett
It’s His Condition, Mother
The Medical Model

 
Sarah Sandow and Anne Stokes
It’s Not about Happy Endings
Individual and Family Therapies

 
Jannet Wright
He Understands Every Word I Say
The Speech and Language Therapist

 
Sarah Sandow
Unsung Heroes
Other Paramedical Specialisms

 
 
Introduction to Chapters 8 and 9
Philip Garner
It’s all Society’s Fault
Sociology and Special Education

 
Viv Hinchcliffe
A Special Special Need
Self-Advocacy, Curriculum and the Needs of Children with Severe Learning Difficulties

 
 
Introduction to Chapter 10
Philip Garner
Oh My God, Help!
What Newly Qualifying Teachers Think of Special Schools

 
Sarah Sandow
They Told Me He Would Be a Vegetable
Parents’ Views

 
Sarah Sandow
Whose Special Need?

'This book was a 'good read'' AFASIC Newsletter

'This is a book which does not dodge the issues. It encourages the reader to reflect on special educational needs from a political/ecological perspective and in doing so informs and stimulates' - Pastoral Care

`This sharp little book pulls no punches with its opponents (real or perceived) across the ideological battleground of special education - which if nothing else makes for a refreshing read' - Child Language Teaching and Therapy

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