As a teacher, it is your obligation to create an inclusive learning environment for all your pupils – including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN). While meeting every child’s individual requirements can be difficult at times, with the proper resources this goal can become achievable. We will explore some SEN teaching resources that can assist educators and support teachers as well as children living with various forms of Special Needs such as Cognition and Learning difficulties; communication difficulties; Social, Emotional Mental Health Difficulties, or Sensory or Physical needs.
Communication and Interaction:
One of the primary challenges faced by students of special educational needs (SEN) is communicating and interacting effectively with those around them. With appropriate resources, however, you can support this development; visual aids, picture cards, and adapted interactive whiteboards may assist children with autism to communicate more efficiently while building social skills more quickly. Group work or one-to-one sessions also give each learner a chance to interact in ways that suit them personally best.
Cognition and Learning:
Children with Special Educational Needs may experience challenges in accessing and processing information, commonly referred to as Cognition and Learning difficulties. One way individualised resources designed specifically to their specific needs may help support learners with CLD; those struggling in maths could use easy-to-read numbers or formulae, those struggling in writing can use resources designed to build handwriting abilities, while auditory/visual aids may help enhance the learning experience by catering for different learning styles.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health:
Like communication and interaction, social, emotional, and mental health difficulties can significantly impact a child’s learning experience. Classroom resources such as visual timetables, emotion cards and feelings journals can aid children’s emotional wellbeing and help them focus on their learning. These resources can also help gauge their feelings and monitor progress, alerting the teacher to any underlying problems and highlighting any need for intervention.
Sensory or Physical Needs:
Children with sensory or physical needs require varied resources that cater to their specific requirements. For example, children with visual, hearing, or motor impairments may require interactive educational games that use touch and sound, while those with attention and hyperactivity disorders may benefit from movement-based games that can be completed in small groups to avoid distractions.
In addition to using SEN teaching resources, you can also seek the help of a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). SENCOs are trained professionals who can offer support, guidance, and advice to teachers on how to cater to the diverse needs of SEN learners. They can also suggest learning resources that work best for each child’s needs, as well as give tips on how to implement these resources within the classroom.
Teachers play an invaluable role in providing inclusive education to all their pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN). By employing appropriate teaching resources and seeking assistance from SENCOs, teachers can enhance the learning experiences of children who require different forms of support. However, meeting their needs involves ongoing communication, observation, and evaluation to make sure each child gets exactly the help they require – with sufficient resources and assistance, every child can reach his or her maximum potential!