University of Cape Town
Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles of Care and Education
University of Cape Town

Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles of Care and Education

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Judith McKenzie

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No prior experience required
15 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Empowering all the people who work in a team to care and educate children with severe to profound intellectual disability

  • Considering lifelong learning by exploring brain development, the learning process, and how to maximise the opportunities for learning.

  • How you can support children with severe to profound intellectual disability so that they can reach their full potential.

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There are 4 modules in this course

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.

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9 videos6 readings3 quizzes2 discussion prompts

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.

What's included

10 videos2 readings3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

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.

What's included

11 videos4 readings1 peer review1 discussion prompt

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.

What's included

8 videos4 readings3 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt

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4.8 (53 ratings)
Judith McKenzie
University of Cape Town
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