Supporting Special Educational Needs

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Published: September 2022

A complete guide to supporting special educational needs in Ireland, combining specialist assistance across a wide range of needs with theoretical approaches and perspectives from practice. This new edition of the 2013 Assisting Children with Special Needs:

  • Introduces and details a range of special needs affecting all forms of development and presents a case study for each to position theory into real life scenarios

  • Reviews special educational needs policy and provision in Ireland from a historical and legislative perspective, detailing relevant key pieces of Irish legislation and their implications.

  • Promotes knowledge and understanding of policy, provision and practice in Ireland to meet the diverse needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Outlines the role of key personnel such as special needs teachers, assistants and health professionals within various structures governing and supporting this sector and their relationship with all stakeholders

  • Presents up-to-date information regarding resources, services and facilities available in Ireland to children with special educational needs

  • Highlights the principles of good practice within various settings


  • Students working towards a special educational needs qualification (SNAs) in primary and secondary schools

  • Those providing care for children with special needs in their own homes

  • Professional practitioners in ELC settings


Eilis Flood (BA Education, MSc Education, BSc Psychology) taught Childcare modules at Drogheda Institute of Further Education. She is the author of many best-selling textbooks in Ireland, including her latest Growth & Development in Early Childhood and Assisting Children with Additional Needs in ELC.

Deirdre Murphy has a BA in Early Childhood Care and Education from DKIT. She works as an SNA in a post primary school.