The education of children with multiple disabilities is concerned with improving their quality of life and finding ways to overcome and remove barriers to learning. The law indicates a move towards equal opportunities and inclusive education for all pupils. Those with complex needs have the right to receive appropriate education alongside their peers: to become enlightened, enabled and empowered. Supporting Children with Multiple Disabilities addresses the growing needs of professionals in a variety of educational settings, and provides a practical support framework for children, professionals and parents. This easy-to-read guide aims to bring about good practice, raise achievement and aid the effective inclusion of multiple disabled children.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Children with Multiple Disabilities; 2. Possible Problems; 3. Developing Effective Communication Skills; 4. Facilitating the Use of Sensory Information and Developin a Multi-Sensory Curriculum; 5. Assessment; 6. Access to Appropriate Environments; 7. Mobility and Motor Skills; 8. Support in Mainstream Education; 9. Access to the National Curriculum in Mainstream Education; Final Thoughts; Appendixes; Glossary; References; Useful Books; Index; Useful Addresses and Websites
Michael Mednick is a highly experienced and qualified teacher of children with multiple disabilities and of those with profound and severe learning difficulties. He is also a qualified teacher of the deaf, and of the visually impaired. He has a professional certificate for multi-sensory impairment and a second professional certificate in management for special education. He has taught in a variety of special schools, including schools for children who have severe and moderate learning difficulties, and in schools for children who are deaf, autistic and visually impaired. He has worked extensively with children with acute medical needs and with children across different age ranges. He was head of a Further Education Unit for those with severe learning difficulties for four years. He has taught in mainstream primary and secondary schools as a support teacher and worked in a primary and secondary school with a unit for deaf and partially hearing children for four years. He is currently Head of Service for visually impaired children for an inclusive education authority and has been in this post for ten years.