What you have learned in this section
- Terminology in common use in schools and services for children and young people for describing a child’s disability or condition. You considered what defines children with SEND, what policy says about how children with SEND should be supported, and reflected on the inclusivity of your practice.
- To identify some of the issues for children with SEND in respect of their social and emotional development and how they manage relationships. Through Jax’s and Joe’s stories you were challenged to think about victimisation and bullying in the real (non-digital) world, and in the online environment.
- Some of the helpful and potentially unhelpful ways to support children with SEND. You were introduced to strategies such as social stories and being an advocate. Reflection on common support strategies used in the classroom was encouraged.
- Where to find additional resources. Special needs is a vast topic and so this section signposted to websites and resources that you can use as and when you have the need.
All children are individuals and this section has only scratched the surface in relation to supporting children with SEND. However, we hope that it has raised your awareness of issues, and introduced you to some ideas and practices that may be new to you. The further reading and resources are there for you to use to further your knowledge, so do dip into them when you have the time or the need to do so.