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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles of Care and Education by University of Cape Town

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About the Course

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. The course covers topics such as intellectual disability, levels of severity of intellectual disability, and the history of intellectual disability. These inform 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. We ask experts about 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....

Top reviews


Apr 15, 2021

It gets you motivated to be the voice of those who can't speak for themselves. You learn a lot about the environment and the system of children with severe to profound intellectual disability


Jul 1, 2022

This course covers many areas that are very valuable in the care and education of those with severe to profound Intellectual disabilities. The information provided was very valuable.

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By Zeynab M

Jul 30, 2022

helpful, clear, and joyable

By Mary j N

Sep 29, 2022

Thank you so much!!!

By Kaarthigaa M K

Mar 8, 2024

Very informative.

By Mariam B

Jun 19, 2020

very informative

By Allison

Dec 16, 2022

Great Course!

By Simonette P

May 7, 2021

very helpful


Jul 24, 2022

Thank you


Aug 27, 2022


By Clément D B

May 17, 2022

The descriptions of how to approach and characterize learning with a disabled child was very enligtening for me, so I am thankful. However, I've felt like a lot of time was used to transfer little informations at times. The course also stayed theoretical at times, like for example regarding good communication between colleagues. It is of course important to maintain good contact within a team, but more ideas on how to apply that practically should have been given.


Dec 27, 2021

I enjoyed this course. I was able to get the necessary perspective, understanding and knowledge with respect to providing care to a severe to profound intellectually disabled child. Thanks.

Some videos were verbose and can be reduced a bit. Adding a 'reading material' with summary on each video will really help (or a downloadable PDF for future reference) the learners.

By Maxine B

Jun 11, 2020