Essay on The Vision For Children With Sen And Disabilities

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Moving on, the “vision for children with SEN and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people - that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives” (DfE, 2014). Nevertheless, this has received criticisms as Kalambouka et al (2007) state, there is “less agreement about whether this principle can be realised in practice, and even if it can, about what the impacts might be on the achievements of pupils with SEN” in mainstream schools. In their study, it has also been suggested that there were no “adverse effects on pupils without SEN”, with approximately “81% of the outcomes reporting positive or neutral effects”. However, selection bias is a potential concern because their research took place in America, so the findings might not be applicable to schools in the United Kingdom and the impact on children with and without SEN will in all situations differ.

Furthermore, children with SEN have a range of needs which can be described as ‘barriers to learning’. Spooner (2010, pp. 19 – 20) identifies these as “communication and language difficulties, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, specific learning difficulties (SpLD’s) such as autism, general or global learning difficulties, sensory impairment, physical difficulties and medical conditions”. Barriers have been clearly indicated by Spooner, helping teachers and parents to notice what is affecting children’s holistic development so that they can…

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