Advanced Skills for Professional Practice in Inclusive Special Education

  • Garry Hornby


In order to be optimally effective in providing inclusive special education for children with SEND, professionals in this field need to move beyond being competent in the listening, assertion, counseling, and group leadership skills outlined in the previous chapter. They need to develop skills for facilitating, mentoring, and empowering their colleagues and the parents of children with SEND with whom they work. This chapter will explain the value of those skills and the importance of being interpersonally effective. It then goes on to discuss the importance of using mentoring, empowering, and facilitating skills with colleagues and family members of children with SEND. Finally, the importance of using stress management skills in order to maintain professional effectiveness and avoid burnout is explained, and a comprehensive model for stress management is outlined.


Down Syndrome Stress Management Life Skill Experienced Colleague Cooperative Venturis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garry Hornby
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  1. 1.University of Canterbury College of EducationChristchurchNew Zealand

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