Restorative Practice and Special Needs: A Practical Guide to Working Restoratively with Young People

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015 - Children with disabilities - 208 pages
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Restorative Practice (RP) is an effective approach to discipline that has the potential to transform behaviour by focusing on building and restoring relationships. This practical guide explains how to implement restorative approaches with young people with special needs in educational or residential settings.

The book explores how RP is being used in general terms and through a number of case studies looks at how RP needs to be adapted for those with additional needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and communication difficulties. It includes guidance on particular issues such as staff facing crises, the issue of physical restraint and additional support parents require.

The book will be of interest to restorative practitioners, educational professionals including headteachers, teachers and SENCOs in both special education and mainstream schools and residential care leaders and staff.

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About the author (2015)

Nick Burnett is Managing Director of Nick Burnett CCP Pty Ltd and Director of Team-Teach Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. He has over 15 years' experience in SEN Schools in the UK including 4 years as a Headteacher. He lives in Queensland, Australia. Margaret Thorsborne is a pioneer of Restorative Practice in schools, a co-founder of Restorative Practices International and Managing Director of Margaret Thorsborne and Associates, a company based in Australia and the UK, committed to improving the way people relate to each other in the workplace, schools and other communities. She lives in Queensland, Australia.

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