Practicum in Orientation and Mobility

Course code EDUC6258
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

The practicum will provide students with opportunities to gain exposure to Orientation and Mobility programs and teaching situations under the guidance and assistance of an experienced instructor. Students will receive a gradual induction into the profession of Orientation and Mobility.

Students will have opportunities to work with clients with visual impairments and multidisabilities from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students will be required to plan, implement, and evaluate a broad range of mobility programs, with significant consideration given to professional ethics and reflective practice.

Students will have opportunities to work with clients with visual impairments and multidisabilities from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students will be required to plan, implement, and evaluate a broad range of mobility programs, with significant consideration given to professional ethics and reflective practice.

Availability

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  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Independently plan, deliver, and evaluate long cane, id cane, and support cane programs;

2. Deliver cane programs in domicillary environments or the environment of the client's choice;

3. Maintain client-related records / documentation;

4. Demonstrate professional ethics and reflective practice.

Content

Topics will include:

  • Planning, delivering, and evaluating cane programs;
  • Tactile mapping;
  • Effective communication with clients and related professionals (including the use of interpreters);
  • Maintaining client records and files;
  • Using organisational systems to log and monitor the progress of Orientation and Mobility programs;
  • Client confidentiality;
  • Code of Ethics governing the practice of a certified Orientation and Mobility instructors;
  • Reflective practice.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies or the Master of Special Education programs.Enrolment limited to graduate students sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.

Assumed Knowledge

Mandatory course requirement is completion of EDUC6158 and EDUC6113.

Assessment Items

Professional Task: Practicum / Placement

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practicum: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Completion of 270 hours practicum is compulsory.

Contact Hours

Practicum

Face to Face Off Campus 270 hour(s) per Term

Completion of a minimum of 45 days practicum