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A Quick Guide to Special Needs and Disabilities

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PART 1 : Physical Impairements Allergies Asthma Brittle Bone Disease Cerebral Palsy Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Epilepsy Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Haemophilia Hearing Impairment Heart Disease Hemiplegia Hydrocephalus Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Microcephalus Motor Neurone Disease Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Sensory Deprivation Muscular Dystrophy Restricted Growth Sickle-cell Anaemia Skin Disease Spina Bifida Visual Impairment Wheelchair Users PART 2: Neurological and Psychological Disorders Asperger's Syndrome Ataxia Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Autism Down Syndrome Dyscalculia Dyslexia Dyspraxia Sensory Processing Disorder Speech and Language Impairments Tourette's Syndrome Williams Syndrome Attachment Disorder Bipolar Disorder Depression Eating Disorders Emotional Behavioural Disorder General Anxiety Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Personality Disorder Phobias Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Schizophrenia Selective Mutism PART 3: Other Additional Needs Disengaged and Excluded Emotional Distress (bullying) English as an Additional Language Gifted and Talented Learning Difficulties Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome New Migrants Obesity Poor Conduct Disorder Socio-Economic Difficulties (poverty) Travellers and Gypsies Victims of Abuse Victims of Forced Marriages Young Carers Young Offenders PART 4: Approaches for working with children and young people with additional needs A Strategy for Children A Strategy for Parents A Strategy for Teachers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundatia Inima de Copil (Heart of a Child Foundation) Heuristic Play Jolly Phonics Makaton Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT) Mentoring and Critical Friendship Mindfulness Neurodiversity Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Portage Home Learning CERTS (Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support for Children) Solihull Approach SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) Transactional Analysis TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children) Understanding Intelligence Yoga and Tai chi

About the Author

Bob Bates was an Executive Officer in the Civil Service for 20 years. During this time, he worked for seven years as an employment coach and mentor to people with disabilities. On leaving the Civil Service he set up his own management and training consultancy, The Arundel Group, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. He had a break from consultancy in the mid-1990s to take up a lecturing career, during which time he gained two Masters degrees and a PhD in Education. He has taught over 1000 teachers on graduate and post-graduate programmes at two universities and in adult education centres. Many of the teachers on these programmes work with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and additional needs. Bob has written four books. The Little Book of BIG Management Theories, written with Jim McGrath, was published by Pearson in 2014. It was the Chartered Management Institute's (CMI) practical management book of the year in 2014 and was on WH Smith's best-sellers list for nine months. It is being translated into seventeen languages. His first solo book, The Little Book of Big Coaching Models, published by Pearson in 2015, was also a best-seller and was described by Sir Dave Brailsford (Team Sky Cycling Director) as a 'great read'. It is currently being translated into German and Thai. His third book, Learning Theories Simplified, was published by SAGE in autumn 2015, and his fourth, A Quick Guide to Special Needs and Disabilities, published by SAGE in autumn 2016. Bob shares his time these days between writing, working with European partners on projects related to disability, teaching adult education teachers and doing voluntary work for a charity that promotes health and education in the Gambia. His wife has worked in special needs education for over 25 years, and gave Bob the idea for this book as she keeps telling him that all of her children and young people are special, some just have more needs than others. Bob can be contacted through his web site (here you get an option to pick Research or Bad Bob Bates - please choose the former) or email


Bob Bates' latest book contains a wealth of information as well as practical ideas, with each one of the 60 or so entries being set out in a similar format, making it easy to dip into and to find what is most relevant to the reader at the time. Bob writes in a style that is easy to read and quickly catches the interest. I thought his idea of using mini-case studies, including some about people in the public eye not only added interest, but could help those with similar conditions to feel that there are role models who present a positive picture of what can be achieved and that no-one should be defined solely by the difficulties they strive to overcome.' -- Dr. Rona Tutt, OBE

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