For many years I have spoken about the need for teachers to be aware of children born prematurely, and the range of learning needs these children present in all classrooms in all settings at all ages and stages.
Indeed, evidence for the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project ( Carpenter et al 2011,;2015) showed that children born prematurely, were presenting profiles of learning need the likes of which we, as teachers , had never seen before. They were re-writing the Special Needs Registers of our schools.
In training I always advise teachers and school leaders to ask on the admission forms of every school (secondary included!)
“Is there anything in the birth history of this child that we need to know?”
This new resource for educational professionals, developed by Professor Samantha Johnson and her colleagues at Leicester University, now articulates through easy to access , high quality research and practice evidence, why we need a fuller and deeper understanding of how children born prematurely will learn and progress in our school system ,and what some of their learning challenges may be.
The e-learning resource can be accessed online for free here:
Books Beyond Words are currently running a National research project – Open Book – looking at how these innovative , wordless books can offer real life opportunities to tackle complex emotional issues with young people with learning disabilities and Autism.
Phase 1 of the Project has produced very positive evidence based outcomes , using whole group approaches. Phase 2 begins in September 2019 , and looks specifically at how the books can provide interventions to individual students , to promote positive mental health .
The Project is been directed by Professor Barry Carpenter ; the Research Fellow for the Project is Jo Egerton – email@example.com
A selection of the books being used in phase 1 and 2 of the Open Book project , are show on the flyer below .
The information being collated is giving new insights as to the applicability of wordless books to aid development of young people with LD, in all sorts of contexts . Recently the Books Beyond Words Founder, Sheila, the Baroness Hollins , commented on the links with Theory of Mind : –
“Stories in pictures can help people who are visually literate to explore and explain their own beliefs, feelings, knowledge and intentions, and to accept that other people may have beliefs, feelings, knowledge and intentions that are different to their own. In other words, situations explained in pictures can help to develop what is often called ‘theory of mind’ .”
Some years ago I worked with a brilliant Architect, Christopher Beaver, to create new learning spaces for children with Autism and Complex Needs.
The information I used drew on two PhD’s I had been involved with, namely those of Dr Diana Pauli and Dr Tamara Brookes.
Linked below are a series of articles that reflect those discussions, deliberations and developments. These may be helpful in the context of the current expansion of specialist provision
To download these articles, please visit the below website link and click the blue ‘Download’ button.