Supporting SEND: Where to Start?

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Moving beyond the SEND label to understand cognitive functions and difficulties in the classroom

About this module:

In this module we consider how SEND diagnoses such as dyslexia, ADHD, ASD, DLD and DCD have key cognitive function difficulties in common. Following a brief overview of the most common ‘labels’, we will move onto developing our understanding of how difficulties with language, working memory, processing and attention can affect learning. You will explore a range of strategies to support these cognitive functions and begin to consider how to apply them to your own practice with SEND learners.

This module is appropriate for teachers and classroom practitioners at all phases and in all contexts.

Session One: How an understanding of cognitive functions supports all SEND children will explore:

  • A brief overview and understanding of common SEND diagnoses: ASD, ADHD, DCD, Dyslexia and DLD.
  • The common SEND need to support cognitive functions such as attention, working memory, language and processing.

Session Two: Applying cognitive function support strategies to learning tasks will involve:

  • Choosing and applying strategies to a given task.
  • Planning cognitive function support for a SEND pupil known to you.
What you will learn:
  • An overview of Dyslexia, ADHD, ASD, DCD and DLD.
  • The role of language, working memory, processing and attention.
  • Links between diagnosis, cognitive functions and difficulties in the classroom.
  • A range of strategies to support most SEND learners in your context.
  • How to choose strategies and use them to adapt tasks for a learning session with SEND learners.
  • How to plan cognitive function support for a SEND pupil known to you.