In the third edition of this respected and influential textbook, Kate Wall blends theory and practice with an informative and highly accessible writing style to provide a detailed analysis of provision for young children with additional needs.

New to this edition are: - up-to-date information on all the relevant policies and legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Every Child Matters (ECM) and the training guidelines for new SENCOs; - a timeline showing the development of policies and legislation in the field; - learning objectives at the beginning of chapters; - points for reflection within chapters, to aid independent study and facilitate critical thinking; - new case studies, which cover the Birth to 8 age range; - new content on the role of fathers, pupil voice and listening to children, taking an holistic view of the child, and current issues around diversity and inclusion.

This book is essential reading for early years students and practitioners, and for all those working with young children with special educational needs and their families.

Families of Children with Special Needs

Families of children with special needs

Chapter Objectives

To develop awareness of:

  • the impact of a child with special needs on family members
  • parental views on the support and provision they and their child receive
  • key issues for practitioners
  • pointers for effective practice.


Having a baby or a young child with special needs can be traumatic in many ways such as:

  • working through feelings of grief and loss
  • being confronted with a diverse range of ‘expert’ professionals, each having their own perspective on your child
  • having feelings of lost control over decision making
  • experiencing confusion within an unfamiliar and complex system.

Different family members are likely to deal with these issues in their own way and their own time, so it is important that early years practitioners understand and respect each ...

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