The most common special needs
you are likely to find in your class are learning difficulties of various
These may or may not be related to a physical or medical condition. Learning
difficulties can range from moderate ( to severe. In the North of Ireland
these are usually termed MLD and SLD. In the Republic of Ireland, these are
classified as Mild, Moderate, Severe and Profound general learning difficulties.
Many pupils do not conform to
what we would consider 'good' behaviour. Sometimes this is related to
other problems in their lives which lead to them having a special
educational need. The behaviour may be caused by a physical or medical
problem or a learning difficulty.
Increasing inclusion has meant
the removal of barriers to access and this is encouraging more parents
to have their children educated in mainstream schools alongside
their peers. Increasing advances in technology is making this
more and more successful.
of Syndromes (source:
Sheets on Different Disabilities/Conditions