Assisting Children with Additional Needs / Eilis Flood

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A comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of inclusive education and care of children with additional needs in the ELC setting.

  • Introduces concepts, definitions and terminology relating to additional needs, factors that may lead to additional needs, symptoms, treatment and supports.
  • Presents additional needs and their impact in terms of physical, cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social development.
  • Defines the role of the ELC practitioner in relation to each listed additional need.
  • Outlines the history of additional needs provision, international and national legislation, policy and regulations that have shaped additional needs provision in Ireland over the past 30 years.
  • Discusses principles of good practice for working with children with additional needs.
  • Highlights the importance of inclusion for all children while demonstrating how to make learning relevant and beneficial using the Aistear framework.
  • Presents a range of specialist aids and equipment that are available to allow children with additional needs to participate in activities and experiences.
  • Highlights the key qualities and skills needed to be an effective special needs assistant (SNA) in an ELC setting.
  • Details strategies to support children with additional needs and how to promote partnerships with parents/guardians.
  • Explores the importance of working as part of a team, to include parents/guardians, key stakeholders and other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Examines the impact of additional needs on the family.
  • Illustrates the importance of regular reflection upon practice and engagement in supported, ongoing professional development.

Written for:

  • Students studying to assist children with additional needs as part of the Early Learning and Care award at level 5
  • Professional practitioners in ELC settings