Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Special educational needs

What a treat to attend the wonderful Lighting the Future conference last weekend. I was delighted to give a workshop on how school and public libraries can support children and young people with learning difficulties. Thinking about it afterwards, I realised that lots of people might find these links and resources useful.

Asperger Syndrome Foundation
Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service
Bag Books
Barrington Stoke
British Dyslexia Association
British Institute of Learning Disabilities
Down Syndrome Education International
Down’s Syndrome Association
Dyslexia Action
Dyslexia Friendly Books
Dyslexia Friendly Libraries
Dyslexia Parents Resource
Dyspraxia Foundation
Helping Autistic Pupils to Use the Library
Learning Disabilities Online
National Autistic Society
What Meet Our Authors Means to Me

I have found these three publications very helpful:
Frances Ball, Supporting special educational needs in the secondary school LRC, School Library Association, 2002, ISBN 9781903446126;
Edwina Cole, Walk in their shoes: a day in the school life of an SPLD student, Barrington Stoke, 2004, ISBN 9781842991626;
Claire Welsh and Rosie Williams, Whistlestop tour of special educational needs, Barrington Stoke, 2005, ISBN 9781842993019.

Those of you who have not seen them already may also like to check out my article for CILIP Update on supporting children and young people with special educational needs and my blog post about children’s books featuring disability.

I am giving a course on special needs for library, museum, gallery and archive staff in London on 6 July with Creating Capacity.

The photo shows a curiosity kit in use in the library at Lowton St Mary’s School in Wigan. I love giving training on curiosity kits. They are a fabulous way of making reading and learning more accessible.