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Online Course

Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles of Care and Education

University of Cape Town via Coursera

Overview

This course is about caring for and educating children (and youth) with severe to profound intellectual disability. We use the idea of 'circles' to position the child at the center of the many levels of support needed. Around the child are circles of care and education - such as the parents, family, friends, caregivers, educators, health care workers and others such as neighbors, business owners and community members. Each one has an important role to play in the life of a person with an intellectual disability and can be seen as a caregiver and educator. Although this course is aimed particularly at caregivers who work at a special centre or in a private home, each person in the circle of care and education plays a valuable role and will find the course useful.

During the course you can gain greater understanding about intellectual disability, levels of severity of intellectual disability and the history of intellectual disability. You will also start to understand how you can support children and youth with severe to profound intellectual disability so that they can reach their full potential and become participating members of society. We look at lifelong learning by exploring brain development, the learning process and how to maximise the opportunities for learning.

With input from a range of experts, we consider how best learning can be facilitated. This includes looking at children’s learning support needs, how to go about planning activities for the learning programme as well as how to empower multiple people who work in a team to care and educate children with severe to profound intellectual disability.

In the last week, we focus on rights, advocacy and relationships of care. Empowering and caring for caregivers themselves is a key focus of the course.

For professional development purposes, you can purchase a Verified Certificate if you wish to show evidence of your achievements, but this is optional, and you can apply for Financial Aid if you are unable to pay the certificate fee.

Syllabus

Who is the child with severe to profound intellectual disability?
-This week focuses on understanding the child (or person) with severe to profound intellectual disability. We will look at the definitions and terms related to intellectual disability and provide an overview of the history of intellectual disability. We will also explore how the needs and rights of children with severe to profound intellectual disability can be supported, with a particular emphasis on their right to education. We invite you to comment in the discussion forum, check your knowledge in the practice quizzes and take the graded quiz at the end of the week.

Lifelong learning
-Lifelong learning is an approach that views everyday living as providing children with severe to profound intellectual disability opportunities to learn. With input from several experts, we'll explore how children with severe to profound intellectual disability can learn with appropriate support, what can be done to best facilitate the learning process and the importance of the learning environment. Attitudes and communication are highlighted as being central to creating effective environments for learning. Researchers also report on their findings from a local study on intellectual disability and life long learning in South Africa. At the end of this week, there are additional readings, a forum for discussion and a graded quiz.

Facilitating learning
-This week we look at the learning support needs of children with severe to profound intellectual disability. We consider how to set up learning programmes and integrate different skills and activities. We look at how to change or adapt these programmes to meet the specific needs of mixed groups of children and those in different stages of learning. We also explore the role of structure and routine in creating effective learning environments. Lastly, we look at empowering the caring team, to support the development of children with severe to profound intellectual disability. At the end of this week, you will be asked to critically evaluate a learning programme and review the assignment of peers.

Rights, advocacy and relationships of care
-This final week focuses on the relationships of care. We explore ways of giving agency to children with severe to profound intellectual disability who have been central to advocacy campaigns for their full inclusion in society. We also hear from caregivers who are, in many cases the key advocates for persons with intellectual disability. The circle of care for the caregiver is discussed, highlighting how they too need to be cared for and empowered. At the end of this week, there is a graded quiz. You may also choose to do the optional Honors Peer Review assignment.

Taught by

Judith McKenzie

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Reviews

4.6 rating, based on 11 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am a Father of a 38 year old Twin Daughter and I was looking for guidance on continued learning for my daughter as she enters the final stages of going blind with Retinitis Pigmentosa.

    This course refreshed my determination to persist with the concept of 'lifelong' learning and the concepts of 'Circles of Care' and the importance of good outcomes for the person with a disability if 'Caregivers' are respected and cared for as well.

    Burnout of caregivers can be avoided.

    The course also introduced me to other more specific courses for my daughter particular situation and great International resources.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Good course. Lots of practical examples and pictures and bit size chunks to make it easier to understand for anyone, no matter how much or little we make think we know.
  • Anonymous
    This course was very useful for me, because I learned a lot of information I need that I can use in practice, I also wanted to note that there was a lot of information that I did not know, but which was very necessary if you work with a child with intellectual disabilities, I would like to thank everyone for sharing with us knowledge and skills that will help us both people working with children with intellectual disabilities and the children themselves, because now we can fully understand them and take into account their desires
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course on the circle of care for children with severe to profound intellectual disability is a realistic step by step guide on the care, management, and modification of the learning curriculum for effectiveness.
    I particularly found the module on planning the learning program very instructive as it elaborates on the stages of learning progression and how to effectively plan for teaching and learning for each stage.
    Well done to all the facilitators! They were quite engaging and practical.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am an Occupational Therapist working at a care Centre for children with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disibilities. I found this course very helpful with regards to new ideas of how we can structure groups in our setting and ensuring every child is actively participating.

    Thank you for offering a course focusing on this topic as there is little information available overall.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is informative, interesting, and engaging. As a pre-health student, I have learned a lot about working with children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities that will be helpful in my future pursuits.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Informative and eye opening. Gave life to what I have been learning in traditional theoretical way. Enjoyed hearing from all stakeholders involved in caring for children with severe to profound disabilities.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Questo corso è stato molto utile per comprendere tutti gli aspetti della disabilità grave e profonda. Sono molto soddisfatta di ciò che ho imparato e sono certa potrà essere utile in futuro.
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    Esraa Gamal

    Esraa Gamal completed this course.

    This video has taught me a lot and has helped me see disabled children differently and how to deal with them and help them learn and become involved in society
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for this course, I have an opportunity to learn more about handling and supporting children with severe to profound intellectual disability.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This class helped me in my understanding of the care and teaching of Students with intellectual Disabilities. I will apply this knowledge in my class

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