Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention

10 Units

This course provides students with knowledge about the needs of families of children with disabilities as well as the roles of professionals working with children with disabilities and their families. The focus is on understanding family perspectives and implementing a family-centred approach to early intervention. Students will examine the development of effective parent/professional relationships and consider their application in relation to assessment and the development and implementation of Family Service Plans and Individual Education Plans.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of the impact of disability on family life
  2. have skills that support the empowerment of parents of children with disabilities or additional needs
  3. understand the legal and philosophical bases for providing family-centred and interdisciplinary services to infants and young children with disabilities.
  4. have knowledge of the factors that may inhibit or enhance the implementation of effective interdisciplinary and family-centred approaches to early childhood intervention
  5. have knowledge of effective inter-personal skills for developing and maintaining productive collaborative partnerships

Topics will include:

  1. Understanding the needs of families
  2. Family-centred practice
  3. Roles of educators and health-related professionals
  4. Trans-disciplinary approaches
  5. Multi-disciplinary approaches
  6. Inter-personal skills and collaborative practices
  7. Assessment and programming
  8. Individual Family Service Plans
  9. Individual Educational Plans
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Two years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Individual Supervision
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 1: Effective collaborative practices - 30%
  • Journal - Assessment Item 3: Personal reflections on readings - 30%
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Assessment Item 2: Responding to conflict - 40%
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 26 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Course Pre-requisites: Bachelor of Education degree, or equivalent, a three year degree and a Diploma of Education, or a Master of Teaching.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6163

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