Module name: Children with Additional Needs (5N2396)

This module’s focus is to give you the skills, knowledge and competence to work effectively under direction with young children with additional needs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the history of special needs in Ireland
  • Examine the Legislation and Policy development relating to children with additional needs
  • Outline a range of special needs conditions and impairments relating to children
  • Discuss a range of roles, responsibilities and support services available to children with additional needs
  • Use a range of approaches in interactions with children with special needs
  • Apply good practice with children with additional needs
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities mindful of the safety welfare and well-being of all children
  • Learn to take responsibility for own learning within a multidisciplinary team evaluating processes which lead to co-operation and effective communication within the team
  • Evaluate own practice to inform understanding relating to children with special needs, leading to an awareness of social, ethical and legal issues in relation to education and care.

Assessment Method

Projects 100%

Module Name: Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the skills, knowledge and competence to enable to learner to be a proficient SNA working under the direction of the teacher.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the role and responsibilities of the SNA
  • Examine the qualities and skills required to be an effective SNA
  • Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability
  • Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making
  • Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs
  • Use care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene
  • Maintain appropriate relationships with children, parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher
  • Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities enduring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner
  • Reflect on personal practice working with children, their parents/guardians and colleagues ensuring that children’s individuality is promotes and that their needs are met.

Assessment Method

Learner Record 40%

Skills Demonstrations 60%

Special Needs Assisting (6N1957)

The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the skills, knowledge and competence in the theory and practice underpinning the education and care of those who present with special educational needs to enable the learner to assist in the provision of this education and care.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the provision of education for people with special educational needs with reference to current legislation.
  • Assess the various educational options available in Ireland for people with special educational needs.
  • Examine relevant theories, skills and processes relevant to curriculum implementation.
  • Explore the difference between integration and inclusion.
  • Organise learning opportunities in order to promote independence and reasonability.
  • Evaluate the importance of the multi-disciplinary team in devising an IEP.
  • Analyse skills that can be used to aid the teacher in the administration of the national curriculum.
  • Assess interventions and behaviour management techniques that may be used in the learning environment.
  • Manage meaningful activities that are suited to peoples’ needs and connect with their experiences and interests in the learning environment.
  • Identify strategies for dealing with stressors within the workplace.
  • Provide assistance in the provision of education and care of individuals that present with special educational needs.
  • Reflect on own attitudes, values, beliefs and assumptions in relation to working with and on behalf of people who present with disabilities.

Assessment Method

Project 50%

Skills Demonstrations 50%