This key text provides essential tools for understanding legislation, policy, provision and practice for children in the early years, particularly young children with special educational needs and disability (SEND). Based on extensive research and the four areas of need as defined in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years (DfE, 2015), the book charts the development of young children and their growing constructions of learning, communication, language, motor movement and emotion.
Providing material that translates into practice in a straightforward and practical way, this text is packed full of personal accounts and case studies, enabling readers to appreciate what the experience of SEND in the early years means for families and professionals, and also to learn more about how they might understand and respond appropriately to a child’s needs.
Understanding Special Educational Needs and Disability in the Early Years will be of interest to students studying Early Years courses, families, SENDCOs, teachers and other staff supporting young children with a range of special educational needs and disabilities.
Table of Contents
1. Historical and current perspectives on legislation and provision 2. Understanding and responding to the developing learning needs of young children 3. Understanding, assessing and addressing difficulties in communication and interaction 4. Understanding, assessing and addressing difficulties in cognition and learning 5. Understanding and addressing social, emotional and mental health needs 6. Understanding and addressing sensory and/or physical difficulties 7. Family perspectives 8. Inclusion of young children with SEND 9. Collaboration with other professionals
Janice Wearmouth is Professor of Education at the University of Bedfordshire. She has previously published a range of books in the area of special educational needs and disability, including Special Educational Needs and Disability: The Basics, Second Edition (Routledge).
Abigail Gosling is Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Bedfordshire.
Julie Beams is Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Bedfordshire.
Stephanie Davydaitis is Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Bedfordshire.
"a thorough, up-to-date and practical text for professionals and students working with children and families in the early years. The text provides both breadth and depth, with thoughtful and critical exploration of the wide range of issues and challenges in the field of SEND. Vignettes and thought provoking questions in each section engage the reader and enable connection with personal professional practice. This will become a key text in the field." - Joy Jarvis, Professor of Educational Practice, University of Hertfordshire
"A very comprehensive read giving a great historical view of SEN. Families matter, we should continue to hold their thoughts, wishes and opinions at the very heart of everything we do in supporting them on their journey. A must read for Early Years Professionals." - Anne Eadie, Early Years Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Advisory Teacher, Special Educational Needs and Disability Service