Teaching children with special educational needs

For children with special educational needs, one of the most frustrating aspects of school is the breakdown of communication – whether it is with the complexity of spoken language, expressing emotion, or knowing how to behave in the school environment.

If you’ve never used sign language before, we hope you find the information in this section stimulating and find our BSL learning resources helpful.

In this section, we’ll also advise on how to help your pupils enjoy reading, and recommend books you might like to use with your class.

Our research shows that schools are increasingly using iPads and iPhones in schools and finding them particularly beneficial for children with autism - the Signed Stories app is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with stories and interactive learning games.

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Sign language in the SEN classroom

Sign language is used increasingly by child development experts and educators as an additional avenue of communication – and it’s been proven to strengthen speech and language development.

Sign language also provides numerous social and emotional benefits for SEN children:

  • Reduction of negative social behaviours
  • Increase in social interaction
  • Development of cognitive structures in the brain

“If you have ever known a child with autism then you know the hope that communication development provides. Sign language stimulates and strengthens communication development and offers hope for families and children that are affected by autism.” Babies-and-sign-language.com

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