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A GUIDE TO SYNDROMES AND CONDITIONS
By Dave Vizard and Tim Vizard
We know the need for practical, up to date and easy to understand guidance on the syndromes and conditions experienced by children with Special Educational Needs. So we have sourced a superb e-book that covers them and will provide you with:
- Definitions, characteristics and symptoms
- Strategies and treatments
- Related conditions and facts
- Extensive references to other resources
It is skilfully written by authors experienced in the educational field and this handbook will quickly become your SEN syndromes and conditions bible.
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At Last – A Respected Special Educational Needs (SEN) Diploma Course that can be Studied in Your Own Home
Working with children who have special educational needs is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. This may be in a school environment as an SEN teaching assistant or as a child minder, nanny or nursery nurse. But knowledge, understanding and training are essential.
If you are working in a school as a general teaching assistant you probably want to become special educational needs teaching assistant but need training and an accepted qualification. If so there is no better route that this Special Educational Needs (SEN) diploma course.
Because it's delivered by distance learning (either postal or online) you can study and qualify in your own home fitting your training around your current work and other commitments.
Maybe you want to go straight into educational special needs but have no prior qualifications. No worry, you can enrol on one of these SEN courses without qualifications. The modular method of study supported by a personal tutor ensures an informal but effective way for people of all backgrounds to absorb the information obtain an accredited award and become very professional support assistants.
Children with Special Education Needs may need extra help in a range of areas. Imagine being by their side, on their side as they strive to conquer activities on the list below:
- General schoolwork
- Reading, writing, number work or understanding information
- Expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
- Making friends or relating to adults
- Behaving properly in class and the school as a whole
- Organising themselves
- Some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school
Perhaps you are engaged in another caring section of childcare such as child minding, nanny or nursery nurse and need help with children who have special needs educational. If you set aside just 2 hours a night, 3 nights a week you can be a trained special educational needs carer with a diploma to prove it in just 10 weeks.
This groundbreaking Special Educational Needs diploma course helps you to explore the expected pattern of children and young people's development from birth to 19 years and so covers every age group of educational special needs.
Look through the overview, checkout the syllabus and if you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact us.
But don't hesitate to enrol and fulfil your dream to help these children get the best out of their lives. It's sure to help you get the best out of yours.
P.S – Have a look at the interview with Francis a special educational needs carer “who has one of the best jobs in the world”.
Browse through the overview, get the full details from the syllabus and sign up today!
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A Day in the Life of a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant – Update Article
Obviously every day is very different and depends on the varying learning difficulties that the children in my care have and what the curriculum is for that day. No day is typical but I will try to give you an outline.
Firstly it would be good to define what is meant by Special Educational Needs.
Special Educational Needs – A Definition
A pupil is defined as having Special Educational Needs (SEN) if he or she has a learning difficulty which requires special educational provision to be made for him or her. All pupils with SEN must have those needs addressed, via a broad and balanced education. In most cases, it is the pupil's mainstream school that will make this provision. (teachernet)
Then let's move on to the variety of circumstances and conditions that call for Special Educational Needs but please remember that each child is different, each child has the right to be included, each child matters. There are no typical children so please treat these “labels” as a very general and approximate way of describing what may cause a child to have educational special needs.
Most of my children come from severely disadvantaged homes leaving them with big behavioural, emotional and communication issues. But there are many other conditions that cause children and young people to have special educational needs; autism and Asperger syndrome, cerebral palsy, partial hearing and sight, Down's syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder, stammers.
So I hope you can now appreciate why there is no such thing as a typical day for a special educational needs support assistant but here goes.
The first job of the special educational needs support assistant is to check my children's individual schedules to make sure they have all they need for that day's planned activities. This will include books, paper, equipment and any other materials that will be necessary for the activity.
Each child has a Velcro board onto which we stick pictures or symbols in the order in which the activities are to be completed. As a task is finished, together we remove the symbol from the board. This not only keeps us both up to date but is a source of great encouragement, it's a bit like the feeling we all get when crossing through our jobs on a “to do” list.
Wherever possible SEN children share the same classroom as their peers because the whole aim is to integrate them and provide a genuine atmosphere of inclusion.
This includes registration, so they toddle off to register with all the others in their class. As for sharing other lessons this is where I come in. As the special educational needs support assistant, that's what I do – support the teacher who will have accounted for their different ways and rates of learning and planned their lessons based around the National Curriculum but advising on books, materials and classroom siting.
Some children need help with the three “R's” Reading, Writing and Arithmetic or comprehension in general. Others have had no idea how to behave because of parental neglect or their actual disability. A SEN child is often poor at “organising” themselves and their activities but the major requirement that I come across is that of improving their communication skills.
The daily organisation of the curriculum for Special Educational Needs Children
Mornings – These consist of the more academic activities – maths, writing, reading – often working in conjunction with the teacher sharing alternate days with the pupils.
Afternoons – These are more relaxing activities – art, music, drama etc. This time can be most rewarding as each child learns to express himself or herself with a painting or playing some sort of musical instrument. Drama can be fun for everyone.
Home Time – The SEN children finish their day at the same time as the rest of the school and are often collected in individual taxis with an escort. So a one to one handover is needed to make sure the escort gets the child to see them home by taxi.
The day may also have included:
Going to the head teacher – If children especially those with social problems have been very disruptive they may have to go to the head along with me. The Head will use their position to impress on the child that certain behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in the school. Some children are used to this frequent format and are ready with their resigned apology when asked for.
Passing on information – The Special Educational Needs Support Assistant is working with children closely throughout the day and notices things that may or may not be important but do not have access to files so do not know the children's background. However, a new bruise, a child being extremely tired or eating ravenously at lunchtime could all be important factors – missing jigsaw pieces that needed to be passed on to the head.
By now I hope you have a taste for the rewarding work of a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant, you should have the picture. Can you see yourself in that picture?
If so, enrol now, get the training, get the diploma – and then really start learning along with your children that have special educational needs. Learn to make a difference in these children's and young people's lives because every single one of them matters.
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