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Book Of The Month - January 2017


Special Educational Needs
Marie Delaney, Oxford University Press;

Many language teachers have had little or no training in teaching students with special educational needs (SEN). This 104-page guide for primary and secondary school teachers is therefore most welcome. It has three parts. The first two provide a general understanding of SEN and teaching approaches such as differentiation. Part three explores seven types of SEN in detail: dyslexia, dyspraxia (coordination difficulties), ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), social difficulties, autism, speech difficulties and, finally, gifted students.

The author, an educational psychotherapist, advises us to ‘see the person, not the disability’. This book is rich in practical ideas and strategies – using mind maps, playing mood music, learning through games and colour-coding patterns within words. The section on assistive technology is especially useful. Informative and helpful.