It takes a special person to support gifted and special needs children. If you have patience and a compassionate nature, you’ll find a career in special needs education rewarding and challenging in equal measure.
The Certificate of Education Support – Additional Needs will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to support learning for students with disabilities and additional needs in a classroom environment.
In this online education support course, you will learn how to facilitate student support and communicate effectively with students with a mix of abilities and needs. You will discover a range of learning aids, activities, programs and behaviour management strategies to contribute to the learning opportunities in the classroom.
On completion of this professional development course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to support the needs of gifted and special needs children.
Unit 1 - Support learning for students with disabilities in a classroom environment
Delivery of services
Key issues for disabilities
Meeting individual needs
Family carer issues
Grief and loss
Disability services legislation
Principles and objectives
Australian legislation principles (AAPs)
Access and equity principles
Personal values and attitudes
Types of disabilities
General learning disabilities
Rights, interests and needs
Strategies to assist students
Exercise rights and independence
The right to learn
Vicious circle of low expectations
Education adjustment program profile (EAPP)
Negotiated education plan (NEP)
Support requirements of students
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
Situations of risk
Situations posing risk to students
Preventing hazardous situations
Reporting inappropriate behaviour
Personal safety of self and others
Store equipment safely
Appropriate learning environments
Health and safety legislation
Unit 2 - Support students with additional needs in the classroom environment
Roles and responsibilities
Co-operation with staff
Facilitate student support
Procedures and protocols
Students with additional needs
Respect, empathy and acceptance
Diversity and cultural difference
Child protection acts
Promote positive self-concept
Language, equipment and materials
Computer access aids
Educational learning aids
Mobility and transportation aids
Vision and reading aids
Simple task analysis
Individual education programs (IEP’)
Small group / cooperative learning
Modification of general activities
Help in the classroom
Behaviour management strategies
Personal safety (staff)
Appropriate learning environments
Contribute to learning opportunities
Encourage problems solving
Independence and social skills
Attitude and knowledge
Constructive advice and feedback
Suggestions to teachers
Unit 3 - Conduct a program for children and young people with special needs
Plan and prepare a program
Designing specific programs
Ideas and experiences
Key factors with delivery
Key milestones and targets
Programs to meet developmental needs
Additional support services
Agreement from child and carers
Signed written contract
Determine range of activities
Promote cross cultural activities
Communication styles that suit child
Feedback on session technique
Enlist specialist communication
Address problems with delivery
Conduct the program
Current accepted practices
Activities to suit abilities
Enhance emotional well-being
Provision and use of aids
Rules, codes and health and safety
Collection of equipment
Effectiveness of program
Monitor progress and participation
Unit 4 - Work with students in need of additional support
Identify problems for students in need of additional support
Identify learning needs
Motor skills disorder
Sensory integration dysfunction
Differences in the students condition
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Gross motor dysfunctions
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
Risk factors and treatment options
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Dyslexia and dyspraxia
Dyscalculia and dysgraphia
General learning disabilities
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Visual Processing Disorders (VPDs)
Apraxia of speech
Expressive language disorder
Barriers that impact on ability to learn
Behaviours and emotions
Recognising signs a child is in distress
Accepted developmental millstones
Team planning for students in need of additional support
Professionals who will form part of the team
Individual education program/plans (IEPs)
Gathering information and designing IEP program
Implementation and evaluation
Behaviour plans (10 step plan)
Expectation for students
Rights and principles
Modification and activities
Using smartboards and classroom displays
Identifying and assembling resources
Education and learning aids
Mobility and transportation aids
Vision and reading aids
Shaping and prompting students
Practising new skills
Monitoring student progress
Cooperating with teachers
Maintenance of equipment
Estimated duration 60 Hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
It was amazing and very interesting. I learnt alot and it boost my confidence to work with classroom teachers to help and support students with additional needs
W. Riroriro, Papua New Guinea | Certificate of Education Support – Additional Needs
I really enjoyed studying at my own pace while teaching full time.
H. Taylor, Dee Why, NSW | Certificate of Education Support – Special Needs
Certificate of Education Support – Additional Needs course was planned well and it gave me comprehensive knowledge on how to work with children with learning disabilities and special needs
W. Goonetilleke, Fullarton, SA | Certificate of Education Support – Additional Needs
It was very flexible so I could study at my own pace which suited my needs very well.
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