1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
1 x 6-hour independent study weekly
Enrolment not permitted
DSRS4104 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic will focus on preschool aged children, particularly on working with families, inter-professional approaches and strengths based models of learning. 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. Problem based learning will develop competencies in research, accessing resources and understanding community agencies operations.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and learn about:

  1. Models of best practice in working with young children and diverse learning needs.

  2. Current research and practice relating to play and the link with early intervention.

  3. Benefits of play and early intervention in facilitating skill development in children with diverse learning needs.

  4. Assessment, planning and implementation of effective play and early intervention programs for children with diverse learning needs.

  5. Community provision of services.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of the topic students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major models of early intervention used in Australia and other contexts.

  2. Explain the importance of play in a child's development and be able to give examples of the ways in which beneficial play experience might be constructed.

  3. Provide written evidence of the ability to provide appropriate program directions and support for a young child with a disability/condition chosen by the student.

  4. Explain the critical role in early intervention in promoting development in children with developmental delay.

  5. Have broad understanding of a range of delays and disorders and their impact on play, social engagement and overall development of children.