Celebrating what children can do, rather than what they can’t, is a great place to start in supporting children with additional and complex needs. The practitioners must understand the nature of each child’s specific needs and work closely in partnership with parents.
The ethos and support given to children with special and additional needs should follow the same aims as that for all children. It should encourage the child to be independent and to learn in a self-directed way as much as possible. Resources should be accessible and the room lay out be appropriate for the child’s needs. Sometimes resources need to be geared to a particular child’s needs and here specialist advice is invaluable.