This practical guide details the strategies that practitioners can use in their setting to build better outcomes for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities. A clear rationale is outlined that highlights how many factors outside of the child's control can be addressed to minimize the risk of longer term mental health problems and social exclusion. Case studies, points for practice and questions for reflection are used to explore the principles around working with children with a range of disabilities including: • ADHD • Dyslexia • Visual Impairment • Autism Written by an experienced teacher and educational psychologist, this text carefully considers the existing evidence base surrounding emotional well-being and positive psychology before outlining the practical implications for the classroom. This book will guide practitioners in implementing strategies to pro-actively promote emotional well-being for children with SEN in their settings.

Emotional Well-being and Disability

Emotional well-being and disability

Chapter Overview

In this chapter we will look at the background to the increased risk of mental health problems and social exclusion in children with SEND. This will support the position that EWB is becoming increasingly important to young people's life chances and that there is a growing urgency in the need to tackle EWB. If we want to give all individuals an equal start in life, and to ensure the emotional and mental health of the next generation, youth policy should explicitly focus on developing the emotional well-being of young people, including those with SEND.

Concepts of special educational needs in the twenty-first century will also be examined. The inter-locking theoretical models, which may offer an explanation for ...

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