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Special Learners in School

Understanding Essential Concepts, 1st Edition

By Catherine Routley


94 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138312494
pub: 2019-03-07
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Offering a wealth of photocopiable resources for use with individual children or small groups, Special Learners in School provides a step-by-step programme to help practitioners support children with a range of special educational needs, and develop the skills which are fundamental to their learning in the mainstream classroom.

Competencies including active listening and observation skills, memory, comprehension of pattern and sequencing, positional and expressive language, body awareness and emotional intelligence are all key to ensuring a child’s access to the school curriculum. Recognising that these can be particular areas of difficulty for pupils with SEND, this book provides a range of activities designed to engage and gradually develop children’s use of auditory and visual memory, pragmatic and sensory skills. Easily accessible and differentiated for children at lower and upper levels of ability, practical examples and activities can be used immediately, or be adapted in line with students’ abilities and progress.

This will be an invaluable source of inspiration and activites for learning support assistants, teaching assistants, teachers and SENCOs looking to support children in mainstream schools as they develop skills fundamental to their learning.

Table of Contents



Section 1: Auditory memory

Auditory programme Level 1

Activity 1: Requesting objects by name

Activity 2: Requesting objects by attribute

Activity 3: Using prepositions in on under

Activity 4: Using prepositions in on under (cont'd)

Activity 5: Introducing behind and in front of

Activity 6: Introducing beside and next to

Activity 7: Introducing the preposition between

Activity 8: Double request commands

Section 2: Visual memory

Visual programme Level 1

Activity 1: Remembering objects

Activity 2: Finding the same

Activity 3: Recognising differences

Activity 4: Card sequences

Activity 5: Pictures and memory

Activity 6: Recall of object placement

Activity 7: Filling in the missing bits

Section 3: Pragmatics

Pragmatics programme Level 1

Activity 1: (a) Using visuals (b) Without visuals

Activity 2: What do you say?

Activity 3: Asking the right question?

Activity 4: Replying to a question

Activity 5: Expressing preferences

Activity 6: Expressing feelings

Section 4: Sensory perception

Sensory programme Level 1

Activity 1: (a) Touch box activities (b) Outside the touchbox


Section 1: Auditory memory

Auditory programme Level 2

Activity 1: Repetition of sentences

Activity 2: Questions relating to simple text

Activity 3: Omitted words

Activity 4: Giving instructions

Activity 5: Following instructions

Activity 6: Answering questions

Section 2: Visual memory

Visual programme Level 2

Activity 1: Placing and finding objects

Activity 2: Noting visual details

Activity 3: Visual memory for words and letters

Activity 4: Recognising identical images

Activity 5: Reproducing images

Activity 6: Missing numbers and letters

Section 3: Pragmatics

Pragmatics programme Level 2

Activity 1: Logical ordering

Activity 2: Predicting events

Activity 3: Predicting reactions and feelings

Activity 4: Asking simple questions

Activity 5: (a) What’s the right word? (b) What's the right question to ask?

Activity 6: Starting a conversation



Reading a new book

Differentiation and comprehension

Describing a picture

Learning to read with symbols

Inference skills

Learners with significant behaviour/language needs

About the Author

Catherine Routley has worked for over 20 years in the field of special needs, supporting individual children and developing training courses for Learning Support Assistants.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General