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A comprehensive yet uncomplicated guide to the role of the Special Needs Assistant, providing information on a range of special needs, and associated issues with key elements of good practice within various settings. * Outlines the historical and legislative perspectives of special needs in Ireland detailing key Irish legislation, i.e. EPSEN Act 2004, Disability Act 2005 and the Equality Act 2004, and its implications * Introduces the student to a range of special needs conditions, detailing the causes, diagnosis and prognosis of each * Highlights the effect of both verbal and non-verbal communication as a tool used in developing relationships with children with special needs * Positions the role of the special needs assistant in relation to other stakeholders, i.e. family, teachers and other professionals * Provides information on resources, services and facilities available in Ireland to children with special needs * Identifies the principles of good practice in policies and procedures * Includes a sample special needs case study with guidelines and information on completing assignments relating to courses on Special Needs A Lecturer's CD with additional teaching resources e.g. PowerPoint slides and sample assignment briefs is available on request. WRITTEN FOR: Understanding Special Needs FETAC Level 5 Special Needs Assisting FETAC Level 5
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Eilis Flood teaches the Special Needs Assisting, Children with Additional Needs and Understanding Special Needs modules in Drogheda Institute of Further Education and is an experienced examiner at NFQ Levels 5 and 6. She is the author of Child Development and co-author of Early Childhood Education & Play, Early Care & Education Practice and Early Childhood Curriculum.
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