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EDUC7014 - Inclusion: Additional Needs

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Title:Inclusion: Additional Needs
Long Title:Inclusion: Additional Needs
Module Code:EDUC7014
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Education Studies
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2022/23 ( September 2022 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Cian ONeill
Module Author: ONA MC GRATH
Module Description: This module furnishes learners with the knowledge, skill and competence to work with young children with additional needs and disabilities, as well as developing an understanding of the broader context.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss a range of additional needs and disabilities in terms of both indicative features and level.
LO2 Understand the development of inclusion of young children with additional needs in education from a rights-based perspective
LO3 Explain appropriate pedagogy and differentiated learning strategies/methodologies to support inclusion.
LO4 Distinguish the use of TEACCH, Lámh, PECS and Social Stories as effective communication strategies
LO5 Review a range of assistive technology when working with children in inclusive environments.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Disability awareness and perspectives
Reflection of attitudes, values and beliefs towards inclusion and disability. Brief history and development of inclusive education. Understanding of the significance and implications of policy and legislation: EPSEN Act (2004), UNCRC (1989), UNCRD (2006), Diversity, Equality and Inclusion charter (2016), AIM (2016) & First 5 (2019).
Additional Needs and Disabilities
Details a range of additional needs and disabilities - Autism Spectrum Disorder, general learning disability, exceptional or gifted learners, specific learning disability, emotional/ behavioural issues, sensory impairment and physical disability. Explores implications for inclusion with comprehensive, practical guidance for educators.
Inclusive Strategies
Ability to use a range of learning strategies, adapt pedagogical approaches, IEP's and differentiated assessment methods to support inclusion. Applied behavioural analysis. Positive behavioural support. Application and linkage to the curricular framework Aistear.
PECS, TEACCH, Lámh and Social Stories
Six phases of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): How to Communicate; Distance and Persistence; Picture Discrimination; Sentence Structure; Answering Questions; Commenting. TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children). Lámh: Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). Brief history and development; Lámh signing environment. Social stories design and implementation.
Assistive Technology (AT)
Learning about the advantages and application range of assistive technology when working with children. Developing literacy and numeracy skills as well as social interactions and group work.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Additional needs and disabilities 1,2 30.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Learning strategies to support inclusion 1,3,4 50.0 Week 9
Presentation Range of assistive technology 1,5 20.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Independent study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Independent study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Deiner, P. 2012, Special needs conditions and impairments, Inclusive Early Childhood Education, development, resources, and practice, Cengage Learning. [ISBN: 9781111837150]
  • Flood, E. and Kirby, A. 2021, Assisting Children with additional needs in ELC, Boru Press Ltd [ISBN: 97818384134]
  • Gray, C. 2015, The New Social Story Book: Revised and Expanded, Future Horizons Firm [ISBN: 10-194176516]
  • Griffin, S., & Shevlin, M. 2011, Responding to Special Educational Needs: An Irish Perspective, 2nd Ed., Gill & MacMillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717149988]
  • Moloney, M. and McCarthy, E. 2018, Intentional Leadership for Effective Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care: Exploring Core themes and strategies., Routledge Taylor & Francis Group [ISBN: 9781138092884]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Stembridge, E. 2019, AIMing for the Target: How has Policy on Inclusion Evolved since the 1990’s in Ireland., Student Teacher Educational Research e-Journal
  • Barnardos 2012, Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) - Providing for Children with Additional Needs, Child Links Issue 3
  • Department of Health 2018, Estimating Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the Irish population: A Review of Data Sources and Epidemiological Studies
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HECEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care 4 Mandatory
CR_HMOED_8 Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Montessori Education 4 Mandatory

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