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Educating Children with Complex Conditions

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

  • Winand H Dittrich - Imperial College, UK, School of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire
  • Rona Tutt - Consultant, writer, researcher and former President of NAHT

September 2008 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'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

'In just over 100 pages this book gives the clearest account I have yet read of 'overlapping and co-existing conditions'….All professionals working with children with complex conditions will find it both interesting and practical' - Special

'The book is written in an easily digestible form, and provides insight into overlapping conditions as well as advice on support to those working to meeting the needs of pupils with these complex disorders' - SNIP

'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

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.

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

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
April 13, 2015

Excellent comprehensive articluation of the subject

Mr Phil Dexter
English and Examinations Teacher Development Section , British Council
December 8, 2015

Although the book is useful in developing strategies in the classroom, the research is now quite out of date. We would be very interested to see a new edition which incorporates more up to date research.

Ms Jan Seabourne
Education and Training , Dyslexia Action
January 6, 2015

Lots of ideas and clear format making it easy to navigate.

Mrs Linda Crittenden
Learning Support, Mid Kent College of Higher & F.E.
March 17, 2013

A useful book providing a very clear overview of developmental disorders. The case studies are effective in sitting the concepts within 'real world' examples. Helpful strategy checklists included, which are photocopiable.

Mrs Julie Prentice
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 17, 2012

A very good resource for students studying the foundation degree in learning support.

Miss Emma Baxter
School of Care, Ystrad Mynach College
December 5, 2012

A valuable book highlighting the ever increasing incidence/awareness of overlapping conditions.

Jayne Evans
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
November 3, 2011

Easy to use book. Informative and well written. Would suit many students across wide range of levels

Mrs Jan Mulvaney
GCCC , Staff Training
September 16, 2011

A really useful addition to any course looking at developmental disorders.

Dr Mary Parker
Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education
February 1, 2011

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