Play for children with special educational needs

Kilburn, Verna and Mills, Kären ORCID logo ORCID: (2018) Play for children with special educational needs. In: Brock, Avril, Jarvis, Pam and Olusoga, Yinka, (eds.) Perspectives on play: learning for life, 3rd edition. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK, pp. 250-271.

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“Questions about whether there is a separate special education pedagogy are unhelpful… The more important agenda is about how to develop a pedagogy that is inclusive of all learners” (Davis and Florian, 2004, p.34). In order to gain a more in-depth understanding of the role of play in the lives of children thought to have a Special Educational Need (SEN) the approach here will be different to the other chapters that examine play for neuro-typical children. The reasons for this are twofold: 1. While children undoubtedly share many traits, it is a danger in SEN that individuality of the child is forgotten and they are merely regarded as representing their particular barrier to learning. Not only are the barriers more complex than this, but the individual difference between children can also be vast. The result is that we have decided to base a large percentage of this chapter on an analysis of individual children and not on impairment-based generalisations. 2. There are also sections concerned with an understanding of the world of inclusion and SEN. It could be argued that an understanding and critique of the key recommendations and philosophies are central to the perceptions of play. We will hopefully be able to address the following questions: 1. What IS SEN? 2. What role does play perform in the lives of children with SEN? 3. What forms does this play take; how does it differ from the expected forms of play in which we see neuro-typical children engaging? 4. What issues are there for parents and professionals who work with children in recognising and facilitating children with SEN in their play? 5. What opportunities are there for parents and professionals to harness different types of play in order to promote the wellbeing and development of children with SEN? 6. What are the rights of the child?

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780815367116
Departments: Institute of Education > Primary PGCE
Additional Information: Chapter 8 within book.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2019 16:54
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024 16:26


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