Published in association with Special Children magazine, this practical and highly flexible resource pack is designed to offer help for all those mainstream teachers who may have children with various sorts of special educational needs in their classes. The pack is based on Special Children's `Back to Basics' series, but each section has been revised and extended to include photocopiable worksheets, checklists and practical advice for teachers in mainstream settings.
Each section looks in detail at one of the key topics related to learning and behaviour problems. Each is based on a straightforward, four-stage `problem to solution' approach through which teachers can build a plan of action for looking at possible solutions to children's needs:
1. Clarifying the problem: who has the problem, and what sort of problem is it?
2. Collecting evidence: how serious is it, and what are the causes and effects?
3. Planning: what can be done, who will do it, when and how?
4. Action: converting the plan to action, monitoring and review
In each chapter the discussion of planning strategies is supported by a case study example of its use in practice, together with materials for teachers to use and adapt in their own classroom contexts. Sections include:
* literacy skills
* maths skills
* thinking and learning skills
* speech and language difficulties
Published in a loose-leaf format, this pack provides invaluable source material for all classroom teachers, and will also be of help to special needs co-ordinators planning INSET work and whole-school approaches under the Code of Practice.
'The Basics of Special Needs is an essential purchase for all schools. Its contents are of relevance to both new and experienced teachers alike.' - Curriculum