FSC1814 – Practical Guide for Differentiating Children with Additional Educational Needs


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On completion of this course, you will have an understanding of a variety of additional educational needs including ASD, ADHD, physical disabilities, behavioural disabilities, Down syndrome, SLDs, and giftedness. You will understand the difficulties that the child with additional educational needs may experience in the classroom. You will have acquired practical strategies to support these learners to achieve their full potential which can be implemented on a daily basis in a classroom setting. You will have acquired the skills to adopt a team-based approach to the support of these children (working with parents, an AEN teacher, and the AEN child and outside agencies).

Course Modules

Module 1: AENs – An introduction

  • Understand and describe ASD
  • Appreciate the importance of including children with ASD in the classroom
  • Become aware of how ASD presents itself
  • Reflect upon the education of children with AEN
  • Identify supports for teaching these children
  • Critically evaluate AEN supports, strategies and interventions

Module 2: Down syndrome Students’ Difficulties and Support Strategies

  • Define Down Syndrome (DS)
  • Identify the difficulties children with DS may have in the classroom
  • Understand the ways in which DS can influence a child’s learning.
  • Discover strategies to support their needs
  • Collaborate with other teachers, parents and other professionals when supporting these children.
  • Engage in SSE
  • Create an IEP

Module 3: Physical and Behavioural Disabilities and Learner Support Strategies

  • Define and understand various physical disabilities (P.D.) e.g. cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, muscular dystrophy, and dyspraxia
  • Define and understand various behavioural difficulties (B.D.) e.g. ADHD, ADD, ODD, EBD
  • Recognise the impact these disabilities and difficulties can have on children in the classroom
  • Critically analyse supports and strategies for these children
  • Collaborate with other teachers, parents and other professionals when supporting these children
  • Engage in SSE

Module 4: Learning Difficulties and Support Strategies

  • Define an SLD
  • Understand the meaning of dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia
  • Learn strategies to support the needs of children with such SLDs
  • Critically analyse supports and strategies.
  • Collaborate with other teachers, parents and professionals to support these learners
  • Engage in SSE

Module 5: Gifted Children and Support Strategies

  • Define giftedness
  • Learn strategies to support the needs of children who are gifted
  • Engage in SSE

After each module you will be required to contribute a post to the module forum in response to questions posed by the course facilitator. Each question will require critical thinking on the topic posited. The moderated forum is designed to stimulate discussion among your community of learners. During the course, you will need to answer multiple-choice questions to assess your knowledge retention.

When you have finished the five modules you will be expected to do an end of course assignment. This exercise will take the form of a reflective exercise, creation of a plan and/or a presentation which can be used in the following academic year. The assignment will provide you with an opportunity to analyse:

Key learning points

  • How the course relates to your own practice
  • How to apply what you have learned in your own school

Learning Records

As part of the successful completion of all summer courses, you are required to compile a learning record that demonstrates your attainment of the course aims and learning outcomes. The learning record may contain tasks, work samples, assignments, photographs, reflections and other artefacts that demonstrate your learning during the course.

Your Learning Record should be in electronic format and at a minimum must contain the six completed assignments (5 X MCQs and End of Course Assignment) and all posts to the forums. Learning records must also contain a CPD log. The log should verify that you’ve completed a minimum of ten hours of learning online and the maximum of ten self-verified hours allowable for other learning activities.

Course Requirements

  • PC, Tablet or Mobile
  • Speakers or Headphones


Online: www.teachersummercourses.com

Phone: 076 602 5026

Course Duration: 20 hours

Course Fee: €69

Start Date: 2nd July 2018


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