TDA 3.19: Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs.
2. Understand the disabilities and/or special educational needs of children and young people in own care.
2.1. Explain the relationship between disability and special educational needs. 2.2. Explain the nature of the particular disabilities and/or special educational needs of children and young people with whom they work. 2.3. Explain the special provision required by children and young people with whom they work. 2.4. Explain the expected pattern of development for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs with whom they work.
Pupils with special educational needs are defined on page 6 of the 2001 Code of Practice as having a learning difficulty if they have 'a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age' or 'a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age'. If a pupil is hindered in participating in day to day activities enjoyed by others then there disability is considered a special educational need. Some people who have a disability may need additional support, however this is not the same for all, some who have a disability may not have a statement of special educational needs, many are independent and able to participate without support. Working in a class that has a pupil with additional needs, I am aware of some of the help and support that is available to them. An occupational therapist will attend for one on one sessions with the child, this has made a huge impact on the development of the child. Although the session is just with the occupational therapist, making sure the child is going into the session happy and motivated is very important, this is something we can all help with as part of our class. Giving the space and time they need to carry out their session is just...
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