1 x 120-minute lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour workshop weekly
1 x 7.5-hour independent study weekly
Assumed knowledge
Background and/or knowledge base that includes normal human development, communication and language development, and methods and strategies for teaching and motivating individuals.
Assignments; Tests; Tutorial Participation
Topic description

This topic will build on students knowledge of programming methodology with a focus on preschool aged children. The emphasis will be on working with families, inter-professional approaches and strengths based models of learning. Particular populations who clearly benefit from early intervention will be explored such as children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, sensory impairment and other conditions. Using play to promote early learning will be a focus of the topic.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to models of best practice in working with young children with diverse learning needs
  • Explore current research and practice relating to play and the links with early intervention
  • Introduce students to the benefits of play and early intervention in facilitating play skill development in children with diverse learning needs
  • Assess play and plan an effective play intervention program for a child with diverse learning needs
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify the relevant literature and research a learning topic around a contemporary issue in early childhood intervention, and construct a fact sheet from this
  2. Apply relevant observations skills in notating a child’s play behaviours
  3. Interpret a child’s play skills and justify their play developmental level in utilizing a play developmental checklist
  4. Apply findings to complete, score and interpret using a play assessment tool
  5. Develop an appropriate play program for a child with additional needs based on observation and assessment