Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides knowledge about the typical stages of young children's social and emotional development and about the functions underlying challenging behaviour. The course will equip students with the skills to interpret children's behaviour in the context of their environments as well as their cognitive, social and emotional development and to develop responsive strategies to support children's positive behaviour and the acquisition of social and emotional skills.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand typical and atypical socio-emotional development from birth to age 5 years

2. Have knowledge and skills to support children's acquisition of social and emotional skills through both universal and preventive strategies and through intensive individualised programs

3. Have skills to observe, assess and interpret the functions of challenging behaviour, and;

4. Be able to develop appropriate inclusive and individualized strategies to support positive behaviour in young children


Topics will include:

  1. Typical and atypical social development 0-5 years
  2. Typical and atypical emotional development 0-5 years
  3. Inclusive strategies to address social/emotional delays or deficits
  4. Intensive interventions to support the acquisition of social/emotional skills
  5. Using observations to assess and interpret challenging behaviour
  6. Understanding the sensory needs of children on the autism spectrum
  7. Intensive interventions to support positive behaviour

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: On-Line Group Discussion Board Contribution and Participation - Discussion Questions

Essay: Essays/Written Assignments: Functional Behaviour Analysis

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.