His upcoming 2014 book for teachers and teaching assistants, Children & Young People with Complex Learning Difficulties & Disabilities, takes readers on the professional journey on engaging complex learners across all phases of education. It represents the culmination of Barry’s DfE/DCSF-appointed research directorship (2009-2011) and, of the DfE online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities’. The book draws together a lifetime of learning.
Barry’s earlier books, dating from 1991, focused on curriculum access and adaptation for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. Enabling Access: Effective teaching and learning for pupils with learning difficulties, which he co-edited with Rob Ashodown and Keith Bovair, won the prestigious 1996 NASEN/Times Book Award.
As CEO of an educational organization for children with complex needs, Barry took publishing to school! His next three co-edited books, came out of the school’s Research and Professional Development Centre. The first on Early Childhood Intervention (in collaboration with West Midlands SEN Regional Partnership) started as a 2005 CPD seminar series celebrating the UK’s emergence from the Early Intervention Dark Ages, with the launch of Early Support and the celebration of Team Around the Child. Early Intervention has been a career focus – running an SEN nursery with his wife, Sue, in the 1980s, lecturing in the 1990s, the working with FPLD on ‘First Impressions’ in 2004, and his recent chairship of Eulyaid, the European Association on Early Childhood Intervention.
As the father of a young lady with Down’s Syndrome, the voice of families is a key topic. Kate, now a confident speaker, lectures with her father – even as far as Borneo! Championing the rights of self-defined families through the 1990s, Families in Context: Emerging Trends in Family Support and Early Intervention (David Fulton Publishers, 1997), was a landmark publication for his whole family. All five contributed chapters, alongside international authors from Finland, New Zealand, Australia, and the USA.
After 2005, Barry’s writing shifted towards complex learning difficulties and disabilities. Taking the cutting-edge, practitioner research of his school staff, he encouraged them to write and share their findings with other practitioners in the book, New Horizons in Special Education, which led the contributors to a paid invitation to train teachers in New Zealand, disseminating so much further than they had imagined! In the past 18 months, he has co-authored/co-edited two books on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), seeking, with NOFAS-UK, to raise the profile and promote the concerns of this under-recognized and misunderstood pupil group.
A resource book for teachers and teaching assistants
Children and young people with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD) have co-existing and overlapping conditions which can manifest in complex learning patterns, extreme behaviours and a range of socio-medical needs which are new and unfamiliar to many educators. Their combination...
Published February 15th 2015 by Routledge
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) have emerged as a major phenomenon within the education, health, criminal justice and social care systems of many countries, with current prevalence figures suggesting that one in a hundred children and young people have FASDs. In this publication, academics...
Published September 11th 2013 by Routledge
Effective Teaching and Learning for Pupils with Learning Difficulties, 2nd Edition
This edition has been extensively revised and updated in line with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority guidelines on teaching children with severe and complex learning needs. The widely experienced editors and contributors to this book show how access to each subject of the curriculum can...
Published September 20th 2001 by David Fulton Publishers