Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention

Course code EDUC6163Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course provides students with knowledge about the needs of families of children with disabilities as well as the roles of professionals working with children with disabilities and their families. The focus is on understanding family perspectives and implementing a family-centred approach to early intervention. Students will examine the development of effective parent/professional relationships and consider their application in relation to assessment and the development and implementation of Family Service Plans and Individual Education Plans.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. demonstrate understanding of the impact of disability on family life
2. have skills that support the empowerment of parents of children with disabilities or additional needs
3. understand the legal and philosophical bases for providing family-centred and interdisciplinary services to infants and young children with disabilities.
4. have knowledge of the factors that may inhibit or enhance the implementation of effective interdisciplinary and family-centred approaches to early childhood intervention
5. have knowledge of effective inter-personal skills for developing and maintaining productive collaborative partnerships
ContentTopics will include:
1. Understanding the needs of families
2. Family-centred practice
3. Roles of educators and health-related professionals
4. Trans-disciplinary approaches
5. Multi-disciplinary approaches
6. Inter-personal skills and collaborative practices
7. Assessment and programming
8. Individual Family Service Plans
9. Individual Educational Plans
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeTwo years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Individual Supervision
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 1: Effective collaborative practices - 30%
JournalAssessment Item 3: Personal reflections on readings - 30%
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssessment Item 2: Responding to conflict - 40%
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 26 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCourse Pre-requisites: Bachelor of Education degree, or equivalent, a three year degree and a Diploma of Education, or a Master of Teaching.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6163