The Finnish Approach to Children with Special Needs: Promoting Learning and Growth

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Special needs

Concept by: Mari Tähjänjoki


Children with learning difficulties, and mental or neuropsychiatric disorders may pose particular challenges to teachers who are not familiar with their special needs. This course will introduce you to the 3-staged model that the Finnish primary schools have specifically developed to promote the learning and personal growth of these children.

Designed and delivered by a Finnish teacher, the course clarifies how the best learning and growth in children with special needs is promoted by the close cooperation among the teacher, the school system and administration, and other partners outside the school (such as parents, and bio-, psycho-, and social institutions).

The course will provide you with a practical understanding of the difficulties and challenges that a child with special needs may have upon entering your classroom. By the end of it, you will know concrete, hands-on methodologies for teaching to students with special needs, and concentrate on their learning.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help participants to:

  • Identify the most common difficulties/challenges that a child with disabilities may have upon entering a classroom;
  • Reflect on the role of the teacher a part of the system that helps every single children;
  • Understand the function of social institutions, partners outside the school, and the teacher in working with children with special needs;
  • Master concrete, hands-on methodologies to promote the learning and growth of children with special needs.


  • Teachers primary;
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers; Principals; Managers of schools;

Head teacher of School Innovation Courses: Alessandro Pumpo

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us ( or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.


  • Activities: all courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: all our courses guarantee a Certificate of Attendance
    if 80% of the lessons will be attended.
  • Lessons: classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: participants will have free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

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