Subject details

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Differentiate the elements of an effective individualised support plan
  2. Critically evaluate various individualised support plans for people with cognitive disabilities
  3. Reflect on how to work with a person with cognitive disability to develop a person centred support plan
  4. Work autonomously and as part of a team to develop an individualised support plan for a person with cognitive disability
  5. Communicate effectively and sensitively a support plan to a person with cognitive disability, their family and carers.
    • Service Systems
    • Problem formulation planning and evaluation
    • Nuances of communication
    • Personal planning
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Web links
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links


In order to enrol in this subject, students are required to apply to OUA's Postgraduate Single Subjects program (OUA-PSU-GCE).

Special requirements

No special requirements

Person Centred planning and practice has become a catch all phase referring to the development and implementation of effective individualised support plans for people with disability. This subject explores the different contexts and types of individualised plans that professionals may be required to utilise and the key skills and elements of the planning process. These will include effective communication, including verbal and non- verbal techniques, strategies for identifying needs and resources, and using multiple theoretical stances to provide insights into different perspectives on needs.

Support Plan Critique - Students to critique a support plans and suggest improvements. 10-minute Group Presentation of Support Plan- Based on a team of about 3 students. Students to use online tool to present and record their plan. Individualised Support Plan - This individual submission follows the Group Presentation.

  • Support Plan Critique (1,800- words equivalent) (35%)
  • 10-minute Group Presentation of Support Plan (equivalent to approx. 750-1000 words per student). (20%)
  • Individualised Support Plan (2,500-words equivalent) (45%)

Textbook information is pending.

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