Special Educational Needs

A Parent's Guide

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As many as one in five children may at some time need extra help with their education, but does this mean they have special educational needs? Using expert advice and the latest information, this book brings together the facts on special educational needs; explaining the different types of additional needs, and giving advice for parents and teachers on how to cope with children in daily life. Speech: speech and language therapy Global Development Delay: what is developmental delay, getting your child assessed, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, communication and language delay Autism Spectrum Disorder, autism, Asperger's syndrome Hearing and sight: signs of hearing problems,signs of sight problems, optometrist, orthoptist, ophthalmologist, eye health, squint and lazy eye, low vision, partial sight Physical disabilities: access at school Hereditary and genetic conditions: Dunchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Down's syndrome, Fragile X, advice, counselling, Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs): dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, assessmemt Family life and behaviour difficulties at home Sleep deprivation, early morning waking Education, early years action, early years action plus, portage service, special educational needs code of practice, statutory assessment, statement of special educational needs, individual education plans, special schools Housing and finance, benefits, funds. Find out which professionals can help, how to get through the ‘system’ and gain support, how to handle behavioural difficulties at home and school, and how to get the best education for your child’s needs. Whether you are worried about your child’s development or work with children and want to know more about the subject, this book will guide you through helping a child with special educational needs. Authors: Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson

Chapter Headings 

Your Child's Speech

Global Developmental Delay

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Your Child's Hearing and Sight

Physical Disabilities

Hereditary and  Genetic Conditions

Specific Learning Difficulties

Family Life

Behavior Difficulties at Home

Sleep Issues


Housing and Finance

Help List 

Author Bio 

Antonia Chitty trained as an optometrist and worked on promoting eye health for RNIB before moving on to write health features for Which? magazine. Antonia now combines running a PR company with writing business and parenting books. She can be contacted through www.antoniachitty.co.uk.
Victoria Dawson is a teacher; she has taught in special schools for eight years and holds a post graduate diploma in Special and Inclusive Education and a diploma in Counselling. Victoria has also worked for Scope as a project manager, researching and writing a training package around strengthening family relationships when the child has a disability. Victoria is also a sleep counsellor and was trained by Sleep Scotland.

Customer Reviews...

Totz2teens -
Wondering if your child has special educational needs is a complicated and difficult time for any parents. Reading this book was very helpful. It is clearly written and explains some of the different difficulties that children could be facing. Even eyesight problems are covered within this book. The way the book is written is so helpful as it is easy to understand and to pick it up as necessary. Totally a useful book and happy to recommend it.


Anonymous -
This book is crammed with really useful information on SEN. I was totally confused when my son was diagnosed with a problem but this book helped me to sort through all the jargon and get a better insight on how to get through the "system".


Parents in Touch (via Amazon) -
Many parents are concerned that their child may have special educational needs and this reassuring book is an excellent starting point to find out more. Many children need some extra help with their education (and this includes high-achievers too) but they don't necessarily have special educational needs. This book outlines many of the common additional needs and shows parents and carers how they themselves can help and also how best to get help from outside agencies (including a comprehensive list). Interestingly, it covers the practical issues that can come from caring for children with additional needs, such as finance and sleep deprivation. I thoroughly recommend this book to any parent who wants to know more. There are many more excellent guides at Need2Know Books


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