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Assisting Children With Special Needs

A comprehensive yet uncomplicated guide providing information on a wide range of special needs, associated legislation and supports, together with key elements of good practice, in an Irish context for NFQ Levels 5 and 6.

  • New to this edition:
    • Accessibility auditing, which forms a major part of the Children with Additional Needs module
    • Additional special needs, such as diabetes in children, which is part of new modules
    • Child protection information based on the new Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children
    • A chapter specifically on the effective special needs practitioner
    • The concept and principles of behaviour management
    • A section on planning for children with special needs (IEPs).

  • Outlines the historical and legislative perspectives of special needs in Ireland detailing key pieces of Irish legislation and their implications for children with special needs, their families and those working with them.

  • Introduces a range of special needs conditions, detailing their causes, diagnoses and prognoses, as well as providing a case study for each to ground theory in real life situations.

  • Details and positions the role of the special needs assistant in relation to other stakeholders, i.e. family, teachers and other professionals

  • Provides information on resources, services and facilities available in Ireland to children with special needs.

Written For:

Level 5 Children with Additional Needs (5N2396)

Level 5 Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)

Level 5 Understanding Special Needs (5N1709)

Level 6 Special Needs Assisting (6N1957)

as awarded by QQI

Out of print



Publication Date

August 2013




Paperback, 344 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


1. The Context of Special Needs in Ireland
2. Legislation, National and International Policy Relating to Special Needs
3. Structures Within Irish Special Education 
4. Special Needs Affecting Physical Health and Development
5. Special Needs Affecting Intellectual or Cognitive Development
6. Special Needs Affecting Language and Communication
7. Special Needs Affecting Emotional and Social Development
8. Complex Conditions and Syndromes
9. Exceptional Ability/Giftedness
10. Accessibility to the Built Environment
11. Responding to Special Needs
12. Good Practice
13. Child Protection
14. Communicating Effectively with Children with Special Needs
15. The Special Needs Practitioner


247 x 189 mm


By Eilis Flood

Availability Status

Out of print

Eilis Flood teaches the Special Needs Assisting, Children with Additional Needs and Understanding Special Needs modules in Drogheda Institute of Further Education and is an experienced examiner at NFQ Levels 5 and 6. She is the author of Child Development and co-author of Early Childhood Education & Play, Early Care & Education Practice and Early Childhood Curriculum.

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