Leading the way in supporting children with additional needs

Authored by: Ka Chun Cheung , Elena Kwong , Kevin Kien Hoa Chung

Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138908499
eBook ISBN: 9781315694382
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Students with special education needs (SENs) are “those who, because of a disability, require special education and related services to achieve their fullest potential” (Hasselbring & Glaser, 2000; p. 103). However, the umbrella term belies the diversity that exists within this group. This section captures the full range of strengths, difficulties and needs by discussing four very different groups of students, all with SENs – those with reading difficulties, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), gifted students and writing difficulties. The increasing placement of these students in mainstream educational settings with typically developing peers since the 1990s, or “inclusive education” (e.g., Ainscow & Cesar, 2006; Lindsay, 2007), necessitates the revamping of classrooms to meet a wide range of learning needs (Gavish & Shimoni, 2011). Likewise, educators must be informed about the latest research on SENs in order to employ evidence-based instructional supports and respond with versatility to their diverse needs. Therefore, each chapter in this section is devoted to one of these four SENs, with a focus on Chinese-speaking children in Asian classrooms and some reference to their English-speaking counterparts.

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