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This can give the impression of exclusiveness in the negative sense. There may be discussion of a ‘developmental curriculum’ which means a curriculum that takes account of very early aspects of child development and tends to be part of the overall curriculum for students with profound cognitive impairment. ‘P scales’ (performance scales) may be consulted in England to assess small steps of very early development such as being able to follow something that is moving within one’s line of sight. ‘Structured teaching’ may be used with students with autism 28 Investigating the Language of Special Education spectrum disorder, and refers to a very specific programme which is not simply as one might suppose teaching that is systematic.

E. lexemes) of which it is composed and partly by its grammatical meaning’ (Lyons, 1996). 42 Grand Designs: Constructing Social Meaning 43 Social context, experience, and relationships between speaker and listener are all influential in conveying meaning. Also, meaning is enriched if we know the values and connotations of a word or phrase. The word ‘dog’ might mean something quite different to a dog lover than to someone who dislikes canines. Meaning can refer to mutual or agreed understanding of an intended message as when I say something and your response shows you have grasped my meaning.

Then click of ‘Disability Standards for Education 2005’ (for example the teachers’ version). What are the sorts of terms that appear regularly in this document? (For example ‘rights’, ‘responsibilities’, ‘discrimination’, ‘opportunities’). How are these terms further qualified? What exactly do they mean in the context of the document? Entitlement to special educational provision in England To be entitled to special educational provision in England, a child is identified as having ‘special educational needs’.

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