Special Educational Needs - Services For Mental HealthThere are many different complex health needs that children can suffer from, some will have fairly obvious symptoms while others may be harder to spot. Interestingly enough there are few children that actually fit a condition perfectly. Those that do will be classed as a ‘classic’ case. The majority, however will not be straightforward, with some showing signs of multiple conditions like a child suffering from dyslexia with dyspraxia as well as ADD.

There are many professionals that can work alongside teachers in order to help devise the best way to help children with special educational needs. These are as follows:

  • Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo’s) – coordinate SEN provision within schools.
  • Speech and Language Therapists (SALT)  – deal with a range of issues including how children speak and how they communicate and interact with others
  • Physiotherapists (PT) – work to overcome physical difficulties including: posture, core stability, sensory integration and strength.
  • Occupational therapists (OT) – help children with motor skills, coordination and daily functioning.
  • Educational psychologists (Ed Psychs or EPs) – uncover a child’s underlying difficulties and problems through a range of tests, sub tests and assessments.
  • Music therapists use music to encourage communication and facilitate positive change.
  • Play therapists – therapists can assist those who find play problematic as play is not something all children engage in automatically.

What’s important to remember is that schools and colleges have a legal responsibility under the Disability Discrimination Act, to provide appropriate help to those children with special educational needs so that they are ‘on a level playing field’ with fellow classmates.

There are certain strategies that a teacher can put in place that are simple, like having clear learning time tables for children with Autism as structure helps them significantly.

Also teachers should:

  • Communicate regularly and openly with all staff involved with the child.
  • Address the child personally, always use the child’s name.
  • Have a focused learning environment.
  • For those that become stressed, provide a quiet area/ time out place.
  • Be consistent when applying rules; remind and rehearse them regularly.
  • Reinforce oral instructions and communication with visual and tactile support.
  • Use visual prompts where necessary, like a visual timetable.
  • Constantly revise and reinforce learning.
  • Help children build friendships

It’s important for teachers to understand that everyone has good and bad days, and highs and lows.  A good teacher will help the child to understand the negatives and help turn it into a positive.

As a specialist care services provider if you would like more information on how we can help you, please contact Freedom Care here.

You can also find Freedom Care offering our insights on special educational needs and other complex health needs on TheSchoolBus blog.

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SOURCE: http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/help-and-advice/special-needs-advice/special-needs-guide/266/special-needs-introduction


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