First published in 1993.This book is about teaching Children with Special Needs in mainstream primary classroom.
Normal practice was, and often still is, to remove children who find it difficult to learn in the classroom environment and teacher them in small groups elsewhere. This damages their self-esteem and impacts negatively on their ability to learn. Out premise that it is better to change the classroom so that all children can be successful learners within it. It takes the view that it is beneficial for all children to learn to be helpers of each other within the classroom and for all children to be helped.
The book offers a range of strategies including teaching the children skills for working in a pair and how to use structured group work to deliver any curriculum. This has developed into an approach called Talk for Learning which is applicable to all children and all ages of learners.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Why Include Children with Special Needs? 2. Changes in Teaching Style 3. Skills Training and the Curriculum 4. Non-verbal Communication 5. Initial Verbal Skills 6. Types of Talk 7. Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties 8. Helping and Children with Special Needs; Conclusion; Bibliography