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Educating Children with Complex Conditions: Understanding Overlapping and Co-existing Developmental Disorders

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Winand H Dittrich, Rona Tutt

  • Educating Children with Complex Conditions

128 pages
ISBN: 9781847873187

There are growing numbers of children displaying the symptoms of more than one condition or disorder, and this has led to those involved in education needing to understand which conditions commonly overlap or co-exist, and how to meet children's more complex needs.

By bringing together some of the latest research on how the brain learns with what is known about identifying developmental disorders that appear to have a common biological basis, this book covers:

  • what is known about a common group of disorders, (including ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia)
  • how to recognise when a child may have more than one condition
  • what teaching approaches and strategies might be most relevant

Written in a non-technical style, the book blends together scientific knowledge from different disciplines and translates it into practical terms for school leaders, practitioners in the field of special educational needs and disabilities, and students following courses in higher education.

Table of Contents

Defining overlapping and co-existing conditions

The brain, developmental disorders and their effect on learning

Fitting labels to children and children to labels

Dealing with different disorders in the classroom

Environmental issues and therapeutic approaches

A consideration of complex conditions

"This is an important contribution to the field of SEN. By putting the child into a context, the authors recognize that each child is unique and cannot be reduced to a simple diagnosis. Highly recommended."
- SEN Magazine

"Many have tried but few have succeeded in bringing together the varying threads of special educational needs into a concise and proactive format. I know, having tried and failed myself. Here at last Dittrich and Tutt have created a fascinating account of the current SEN world and have succeeded, in my opinion, in demystifying and explaining the significance of specific SEN terms, while illustrating that overlap is more the norm than the exception. Well researched and written with both clarity and experience, the authors stress that there really is no such thing as a SEN child, but that some children are in essence more interesting in their learning and behaviour style than others."
- Fintan O'Regan, Author and Consultant

"A useful book providing a clear overview of developmental disorders and co-occurrence. Use of real-life case studies are effective as students relate well to them. The photocopiable strategy checklists are good as I have used them as supplementary handouts and also as starting points for discussion and activities. The questions for reflection spark discussion and students can follow up their debate by researching underpinning theory to support their arguments."
- Mrs Irene Scott, Faculty , Chester University