Special Needs in the Early Years: Collaboration, Communication and Coordination

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Good communication between professionals, parents and early years educators is perhaps the single most important factor in ensuring continuity of progress for a young child with special educational needs. This fully revised and updated second edition focuses on what needs to be done and how to achieve it through good communication practices. It also provides a useful initial reference for those networking and liaising on behalf of the child.

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Overview

Good communication between professionals, parents and early years educators is perhaps the single most important factor in ensuring continuity of progress for a young child with special educational needs. This fully revised and updated second edition focuses on what needs to be done and how to achieve it through good communication practices. It also provides a useful initial reference for those networking and liaising on behalf of the child.

This book is structured to be easily accessible - both in terms of language and format - for busy SENCOs, nursery and infant teachers, educational psychologists, parents, support workers, playgroup leaders and professionals in health and social services. It will also be of interest to students taking BEd and PGCE courses in early years education.

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Stresses the importance of good communication between professionals, parents, and early years educators as a major factor in ensuring progress for young children with special educational needs. Material is structured to be easily accessible for SENCOs, nursery and infant teachers, educational psychologists, parent support workers, and professionals in health and social services. Includes a list of UK organizations, a glossary, and a list of sources of special educational needs resource material. Roffey was an educational psychologist for 11 years and is presently a consultant on behavior and emotional literacy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853466045
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Roffey is an educational psychologist, consultant and honorary research fellow at the Centre for Critical Psychology, University of Western Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
'It takes a village' 1
Roles and responsibilities 3
Levels of knowledge and confidence 4
Development, progress and change 5
The importance of early intervention 5
Supporting parents 6
2 The Legal Context 13
Themes of the legislation and guidance 15
3 Roles and Responsibilities: Who Does What? 29
Casework and consultancy 30
The discrepancy model 30
Variations in service delivery 30
Coordination within services 31
The real world 31
Health professionals 31
Education professionals 40
Social Services 46
Voluntary agencies 48
4 Early Identification and Communication with Parents and Carers 53
Pt. 1 Special Educational Needs identified by nursery or school 53
Pt. 2 Special Educational Needs identified by parents 59
Pt. 3 Specific issues in communicating with parents and carers 65
5 Joint Planning for Children with Identified Needs 71
Factors which support inclusive practices 72
Meeting the child and parents 72
Joint planning meeting 73
Specific areas of Special Educational Need 77
Outcome of meetings 90
6 In-School Communication 97
Ethos, communication and effective schools 97
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator 98
Clarity, continuity and consistency 100
Communication with other children and other parents 105
Transitions 106
7 Issues Affecting Collaboration 111
Structural and organisational issues 111
Interpersonal issues 116
Joint training 119
App. 1 Information and resources on Special Educational Needs 121
App. 2 Useful early years Special Educational Needs resource material 126
App. 3: Glossary 128
Bibliography 129
Index 131
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