Module XAE-3038:
Children w. Com. Difficulties

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Marguerite Hoerger

Overall aims and purpose

This module will research into the effect of the different kinds of Communication Difficulties on children and young people. It will discuss the implications of Language Delay, Language Disorder and Autism on the social interaction and behavioural and emotional development of children and young people in the context of the child’s home environment, school and community. By using current research, theories, personal experience and group discussion, the effect which children’s and young people’s language and communication difficulties have on their emotional and social development will be analysed. The module will weigh up the effectiveness of intervention strategies and a the support of multi-disciplinary agencies.

Course content

This module will concentrate on the development of students’ critical understanding of Language & Communication Difficulties, and analyse the effect of such conditions on the social interaction skills and emotional and social development of children and young people by giving attention to the following:

What is Communication and typical social and communication development?

Different kinds of Language & Communication Difficulties. Consider etiology, diagnosis, and presentation with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders.

Skill Deficits in individuals with Social and Communication Disorders

Intervention strategies across the lifespan

The role of parents, teachers, and carers of individuals with Language & Communication Difficulties.

The impact of Language and Communication Disorders on families.

The voice of individuals with Language and Communication Disorders.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

D- to D+ A satisfactory understanding of the main theories concerning Language & Communication Difficulties, together with the ability to discuss, fairly critically, the long-term and short-term implications of the difficulties on the development of children and young people within

good

C- to C+ A considerable understanding of the main theories concerning Language & Communication Difficulties, together with the ability to discuss critically the short-term and long-term implications of the difficulties on the development of children and young people within their social circles. A good understanding and critical evaluation of statutory documentation and procedures in the area, including the multi-agency intervention and strategies used to support young people with Language & Communication Difficulties.

excellent

A- to A* A comprehensive understanding of the main theories concerning Language & Communication Difficulties, together with the ability to discuss critically and in depth the short-term and long-term implications of the difficulties on the development of children and young people within their social circles. An excellent understanding and critical evaluation of o statutory documentation and procedures in the area, including the multi-agency intervention and strategies used to support young people with Language & Communication Difficulties.

Learning outcomes

  1. Evaluate the methods of recognising, responding to and supporting the needs of young people with Language & Communication Difficulties.

  2. Analyse, discuss and critically reflect on their personal learning experiences and relating these to their own opinions and ideas on children and young people with Language & Communication Difficulties and their effects on their emotional and social development.

  3. Demonstrate of a thorough knowledge and understanding of Language & Communication Difficulties and their implications on children and young people and their families.

  4. Appraise critically the research and theories concerning the etiology and presentation of behaviours in individuals with Language and Communication difficulties with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders.

  5. Demonstrate critical understanding of the effect of Language difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders on the social and emotional behaviour of children and young people, and the implications of this on their development within the family and society.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Short Essay on the Etiology and Diagnosis of a Child with Language and Communication Difficulties

Choose an essay title from three possible

20
ESSAY A comprehensive description of a social and communication disorder

Using the feedback from the first two essays, this final essay will consider the following. A description of a particular social or communication disorder. A discussion of the etiology, presentation, and diagnosis of the condition. What are the implications of the condition on the family and community? Critically evaluate interventions for this condition with a consideration of the voice of people with the condition.

50
ESSAY Critical analysis of interventions for children with social and communication difficulties

Consider an intervention for children with social and communication difficulties. Review and critically analyse at least 3 peer reviewed papers about the intervention.

30

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Private Study (152 hours)

166
Lecture

Twelve Interactive lectures - 2 hours per week.

24
Seminar

Ten one hour seminars and tutorials

10

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

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