Eating Disorders

Tricolomania: the compulsive pulling out of one’s own hair is a common tic, as is chewing hair and biting one’s own fingernails.  This can result in stomach discomfort and lack of desire to eat.  This may occur in a large percentage of pupils during their school years but it should only be transitory in most …
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Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

This term is used to describe difficulties in the development of movement skills. It begins to show itself in the early years when children are learning to walk, climb, run etc. It will affect all aspects of their daily activities at home, play and at school. The condition is a result of impairment in the …
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This condition can be so severe that some pupils can miss up to a few years of schooling. Their return is likely to be on a part-time basis and there is always concern about how they can be helped to adapt to school life again and how to cope with the curriculum, particularly if they …
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A new problem? Although bullying is not new, the systematic study of the nature and incidence of school bullying is often considered to have begun as recently as the 1970s in Scandinavia with the work of Dan Olweus, seen by many as the ‘father’ of research into bullying. Towards a definition… Despite three decades of …
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Raynaud’s Phenomenon

This is a condition which causes fingers, feet, noses or ears to go blue when a person is cold or emotionally upset. It can be quite difficult to accomodate the needs of the person with Raynauds within a school environment when there are other pupils who may feel too hot. Things to consider are the …
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Parental Separation

Many pupils experience the break up of families but those with special educational needs may find it more difficult to express their feelings. It is particularly important that those who have verbal weakness are given another means of seeking help. It is important though that you get parental consent when beginning to work with the …
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Teaching Left Handers to Write Handwriting Factsheet


From a SLT angle, I tend to look for patterns of listening and patterns of words that are less-easily recalled for speech (or writing). We see a learner who may recall a word, but gets stuck with it ‘on the tip of their tongue’, or who uses words from a semantic group interchangeably, or who …
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Depression in Children and Young People

Research shows that approximately one in ten children in the UK are known to suffer from severe psychological disorders such as depression, obsessive thoughts, anxiety and self-harm. It is suggested that teachers and schools can play a key role in supporting these children as around 40% of them don’t receive and kind of specialist help. …
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Color Anomia

This is a condition where colour vision is normal but children cannot name colours even though they may be able to match them. Children with this condition can sort into different colours and may be able to consistently name black and white. This condition may be related to an impaired short term memory. Further Information …
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