3. Specialist teaching procedure

The two sample modules below provide you with a collection of lessons in good practice, supporting the formulation of effective teaching and intervention strategies. Featured within these modules is guidance on a variety of topics, including communication strategies, promoting emotional wellbeing and positive behaviour, personal care, and safeguarding. These are illustrated using a range of examples, case studies, videos and school-based activities. Included in these materials are examples of positive relationships between teachers, young people, and their families, highlighting particular instances of good practice.

Module 3.3 Promoting positive behaviour/maintaining positive relationships

Last updated: 22/01/16

In this module, we focus on the behavioural and emotional problems experienced by many children and young people with severe, profound, and complex learning difficulties. In particular, the module gives insight into how emotional and behavioural difficulties can be the child's way to communicate and signal their emotional distress. It looks at how promoting and maintaining positive behaviour empowers the child through developing new skills such as making choices, and how this builds towards self-determination.

Module 3.4 Emotional wellbeing and mental health

Last updated: 22/01/16

This module explores strategies for supporting learners' emotional wellbeing and building resilience within school. Emotional wellbeing has an important impact on how children and young people with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities socialise and learn. Brain scans suggest that anxiety and stress reduce the neural pathways available for new learning. Research has shown that these children have an increased risk of requiring help with mental health issues. This module details how to use professional support services and describes the signs and risk factors that may alert you to a student's mental ill health. It draws distinctions between mental health problems, disorders and illness, and explains the preventative strategies for supporting learners' emotional wellbeing.