The latest edition of ‘Specialworld’ contains a review of “Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities” found on page 53. The publication can be found here.
The Routledge Companion to Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
The book contains a myriad of topics and themes, from learning contexts and understanding difficulties through to curriculum development and issues in teaching and learning. The overall context is one of services and families working together to ensure the best education and care possible.
This practical and engaging book provides literature, tools and case study examples outlining who children and young people with CLDD are, why their engagement for learning is important, and how the Engagement for Learning Framework can be used effectively by teachers and other professionals to ensure the best possible outcomes for these children.
A Review of “Educating children and young people with Fetal Alcohol SpectrumDisorders”
Carolyn Blackburn, Barry Carpenter and Jo Egerton
This book draws on a great deal of research including the information provided via the
educational research project (FAS-eD Project) and the findings from the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Project – both of which the authors were involved in. It begins with a description of Fetal/foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD); its history, diagnosis, causes and prevalence.
Chapter 3 aims to increase awareness of how FASD may impact on learning. This begins by identifying strengths and challenges that the different cognitive patterning may present to learning success. These may include health
related challenges such as poor sleeping and eating patterns; learning difficulties such as receptive and
expressive language; difficulties with organisation and attention plus specific problems in maths.
Behavioural difficulties such as hyperactivity, anxiety; social difficulties relating to interaction and
understanding boundaries and finally emotional difficulties relating to awareness of their difficulties
and self-esteem are all possible challenges.
Chapter 4 describes in some detail the strategies that can form the basis of a teaching and learning
framework for pupils with FASD and includes case studies to support and illustrate points made.
Chapter 5 looks at the complexity of issues relating to FASD that includes the profile of a 18 year old
with the condition that identifies the differing levels of competence/maturity in areas that include
money and time concepts (8 years old level), reading ability (16 level ) etc.
Chapter 6 moves onto the family and the impact having a child with FASD can have on them. This
is sensitively written and considers issues relating to parental guilt and anxiety.
The final chapter acknowledges that in terms of developing pedagogy to optimise support for pupils
with FASD, there remains quite a way to go.
A very well researched book that is an easy read.
This book would be of value to all staff in schools seeking answers to providing teaching that better
meets the needs of pupils with FASD.
This review provides an outline of the recent publication ‘Fatal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’.
A Review of Professor Carpenter’s latest publication: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Interdisciplinary Perspectives. The review is written by Professor David Dossetor, Director of Mental Health, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, a Child Psychiatrist with an interest in intellectual disability and autism.
This article, published in ‘Learning Disability Practice’, provides an introduction to FASD.
With contributions from leading academics, families and professionals from a range of disciplines around the world, this book offers an invalua- ble and cutting-edge contribution to how we understand and address the complex social, educational and health needs associated with this grow- ing group of children and young people. The multidisciplinary and family perspectives and insights on FASDs create a rich knowledge base ground- ed in lived experience.