This is an introduction for those professionals and carers concerned with caring for children with special needs. The book is divided into four sections which discuss medical, psychological and pedagogical issues and the organization of education. It describes these factors internationally. This new edition has been updated to take into account recent educational developments, especially in the UK. Medical advances due to detection of disability in the ante-natal stage and possible future cures with developments in genetics are considered. Other disabilities such as AIDS and sickle cell anaemia are mentioned. New material is provided on existing topics such as Still's Disease, writing and spelling, with major revisions to the comparative education section.