What teaching strategies does our school use for children with learning difficulties?

As with all children with learning difficulties, home-school links are extremely important to ensure the most appropriate provision for your child.


The following table details some of the strategies used for children with specific difficulties:


Autistic Spectrum Disorder

  • Building upon the strengths and interests of the pupil
  • Visual Supports – often developed with the pupil
  • Use of a social story to explain the social rules
  • Providing a 'safe haven' where the pupil can go if they are not able to manage.
  • Comic Strip Conversations to explore feelings of all parties involved in an incident
  • Checking understanding and when necessary, repeat instructions one to one
  • Allow extra time for processing
  • Break down instructions and list on board to support sequencing
  • Structuring questions and using direct language
  • Provide help cards
  • Clear expectations of a start and end point
  • Preparation for transition to a new class
  • Transition conference involving all parties to prepare for the move to secondary school


Hearing Impairment



  • Consideration of seating arrangements – ensure the pupil is seated near the teacher
  • Keeping background noise to a minimum.
  • Use of small group teaching where appropriate
  • Provision of a quiet area for teaching or working
  • Ensuring the teacher’s face is always clearly visible.
  • Use of visual aids
  • Writing keywords / instructions on the board and providing notes for reference
  • Go through instructions with a teaching assistant
  • Printed materials to accompany audio resources
  • Act upon advice and support given by the Advisory Teaching Team for Hearing Impairment

Visual Impairment



  • Use of adapted resources such as enlarged texts or audio resources
  • Act upon advice and support given by the Advisory Teaching Team for Visual Impairment
  • Provision of appropriate IT equipment to support learning and access to the curriculum
  • Consideration of the environment to best meet the needs of the pupil


Speech and Language Difficulties



Depending on the specific needs of the child, a variety of strategies are used in class and through intervention:

  • Ensuring we have the child’s attention before giving instructions
  • Shorter instructions with time provided for them to process the instruction or request and to give a response 
  • Checking that the child has understood the instructions 
  • Providing the children with good role models, repeating what they have said correctly 
  • Social skills sessions focusing on turn-taking, listening to others etc to support the child with social communication and interaction with their peers 
  • Specific language word to improve their bank of vocabulary
  • Language for thinking