Module Title:Children with Additional Needs
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Module Aim: To give students an understanding of a range of special and additional needs and the effects of such on children and their families. To develop the student’s knowledge of best practice and contemporary issues regarding special and additional needs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Define and discuss a range of special and additonal needs and their effects on children and their families
LO2 Critically discuss the social and medical models of care and evidence of each in Irish service approaches
LO3 Consider the range of approaches to special needs and develop strategies for working with children and their families to best meet their needs
LO4 Critcally evaluate inclusive play and activities in early years settings
LO5 Analyse the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach and critcally evaluate the range of services and the role of other professionals in meeting the needs of the child and family.
LO6 Support parents as the primary caregivers and understand the benefits and approaches for working in partnership with parents.
LO7 Discuss and consider application of relevant legislation and social policies relating to special needs service provision and critically discuss some contemporary issues regarding children with special and additional needs in Irish society
LO8 Reflect upon own experience and practice to higlight and develop good practice in early years settings.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic: Special and Additional needs definition and classifications (10%)
• Definitions • Physical health and development • Intellectual or cognitive development • Language and communication • Emotional and social development • Complex conditions and syndromes • Gifted children
Topic: Care and education approaches (30%)
• Social and medical model of care • Approaches and strategies • Teaching strategies o Communication strategies o IEP Process o Individual plans o Use of technology • Strategies involving play
Topic: Role of other professionals and services (20%)
• The National Council for Special Education • Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO) • The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) • State Examinations Commission (SEC) • Special needs assistants • Physiotherapy/ speech and language therapists etc • Medical professionals • Social workers • Community care teams etc Multi disciplinary team work Partnerships approaches
Topic: working with parents and families (20%)
• Best practice • Meetings and communications • Principles of effective partnership
Topic: Contemporary Issues (20%)
• Inclusion; independence; empowerment • Discrimination • Advocacy • Social policy and Legislation o EPSEN Act 2004 o Disability Act 2005 o UN Convention Rights of the Child o Irish Constitution o Aistear o Siolta o IPPA & NCCA Ethical Guidelines
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Focusing on theoretical; political and legislative issues 7 30.00 n/a
Case Studies Case study relating to specific disability and development of approaches and strategies 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00