Learning Difficulties and Disabilities: An Introduction
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- 29 Jun 2020
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- identify characteristics and features between learning difficulties and learning disabilities categorized as either a physical impairment, neurological and/or psychological disorder, and developmental conditions;
- understand how the defining features of learning difficulties and learning disabilities influence any intervention response;
- understand the complexity of how learning difficulties and learning disabilities may present in different individuals in different contexts; and
- understand the resources available to manage and respond best to students presenting with either learning difficulties and/or learning disabilities.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
This subject provides a basic overview and introduction to the broad areas of learning difficulties and learning disabilities as presented by children in educational settings. With a focus on a range of physical impairments, neurological and/or psychological disorders, and developmental conditions, students will be introduced to the common types, characteristics, names and terminology used in educational settings when managing students with one or more of these conditions. Students will gain a greater understanding of how to identify and negotiate common features in such behaviours, and what may be suitable responses. Reflective and formal written exercises will broaden and empower students' understandings of how children with special needs can be included in mainstream classrooms.
Assessment 1: 1500 words. Assessment Notes: Written task. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2 Assessment 2: 2500 words. Assessment Notes: Case Study Response. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
- Assessment 1 (40%)
- Assessment 2 (60%)
Check the learning management system (LMS) of your university for textbook details.