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Teaching strategies to help special educational needs

Although these are divided up to link with various diagnosed difficulties, it is likely that many of the strategies will be useful for children with other problems, included those who may not be on the Special Needs Register.
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Behaviourally Challenged Pupils
Brittle Bones
Cerebral Palsy
Coeliac Disease
Down’s Syndrome
Emotional Behavioural
Hearing Impaired
MLD (Moderate Learning Difficulties)
Muscular Dystophy
Severe and Complex Needs
SLD (Dyslexia)
Speech and Language
Spina Bifida
Tourette’s Syndrome
Visually Impaired

Further Information

Emotional Literacy information and details of useful books to use in class
Linked to http://www.sparechair.com/information/Emotionalliteracy2.htm
and http://www.emotional-literacy.com/emlit.htm
Understanding Differences in Learning

A child in your class with Coeliac Disease

  • With a young child make sure all adults who are in contact with him/her know that she/he should not be eating flour products.  It might be a good idea for schools only to allow eating in certain supervised areas.
  • Have some gluten-free biscuits handy in case he/she forgets his break.
  • Use science and other aspects of the curriculum to teach pupils to look at the labels of food packages.  Discuss what each type of food does to your body and your health.
  • Use cartoons/videos/websites to explain to class what coeliac disease is.
  • Have a cake making session where you use gluten-free products.  Include a visit to the supermarket to find suitable products.
  • If you’re on a school trip/residential where meals are to be provided, let the caterers know in advance of pupils with special requirements.  If necessary, ask parents to send a written list of foods not suitable.

Coeliac Disease

A disorder of the intestine caused by sensitivity to gluten, found in wheat products.

What to look for:  A child with this problem may suffer from vomiting, weight loss and diarrhoea.  He/she may also feel tired, breathless and lethargic.

Treatment:  Alternatives to bread products.

Case Studies

Teaching Strategies

People who can help: SENCO/Resource Teacher


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Further Information




Case Study: Coeliac Disease

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Jackie is 5 and has not been at school long. She has coeliac disease so her mother provides her with a suitable snack for break and a packed lunch. The school has its own cafeteria and the food on offer is particularly exciting to the children. The sweets and cakes also appeal to Jackie despite her being warned that she must not eat anything other than what is in her lunch box. Her little friends have been taught to share and this they do regularly. They don’t think it is fair if Jackie is told she is not allowed one of their biscuits. On a few occasions the teacher has noticed Jackie running to the toilet frequently after lunch.