Transdisciplin Approach Curr Imp Sens Mult Dis

Course code EDUC6116Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course will examine the ways that educators and professionals can adapt the educational environment to facilitate learning for students with sensory impairments who have additional multiple disabilities (particularly physical disabilities) and who require extensive or pervasive support. The course will focus upon an integrated approach to meeting students? educational needs. Emphasis is placed on the need for a variety of disciplines, including physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, audiologists, orthoptists and communication specialists who play a key role in the development and implementation of each student?s individualised educational plan. Issues associated with creating an appropriate learning environment through correct positioning, handling and facilitated movement will be explored. Adaptations to programming to support students? opportunities to learn will be examined. The curricular needs of such students will be presented and analysed across a range of learning environments including early childhood settings, special schools, mainstreamed settings and students in transition to post secondary education and training.

Three hour lecture/tutorial per week.

This course is administered by the RIDBC Renwick Centre. Successful completion of this course may require students to source their own textbooks and attend compulsory lecture days in Sydney. Further details are available from the Distance Education Co-ordinator +61 (02) 9872-0811 or claire.farrington@ridbc.org.au".Attendance on-campus is expected for some components of this course".

Not available in 2015

Objectives- To understand the implication of the combined theraputic and developmental needs of students with sensory and multiple disabilities
- To examine ways that educators and other professionals can adapt the educational environment to facilitate learning
- To gain practical insights into the importance of transdisciplinary teams in program planning and implementation
- To understand the impact of handling, positioning and facilitated movements upon the students capacity to access the educational program
- To acquire teaching skills as a member of a transdisciplinary team
- To develop awareness of the needs of students with multiple disabilities in a range of learning environments including early childhood settings, special schools, mainstream settings and students in transition to post secondary education and training.
Content- Physical needs of students with sensory and multiple disabilites
- Educational programming adaptations
- Structure and function of transdisciplinary teams
- Handling and positioning
- Transdisciplinary IEP design
- IEP implementation skills
- Developing instructional adaptations
Replacing Course(s)This is a new subject that does not replace any other subject offering. This subject will be covered by existing and adjunct Renwick College staff and have no impact upon teaching loads for other staff in the Faculty of Education.
Transitionn/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)1. Essay on assigned topic related to unit objectives (3000 words) 40% 2. Class presentation by arrangement with instructor 10% 3. Case study 30% 4. Critical review of literature 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term