Online training for
Special Educational Needs
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Courses for Parramatta Catholic

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

The online training courses are to support classroom teachers in both primary and high school and other educational personnel in responding to the diverse additional needs of students.

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Image of booksThe online courses are delivered through a supported training model. This model includes tutor-led sessions for discussions, presentations and sharing of resources as well as self-paced individual study.

Each course runs over a period of 8 - 10 weeks. Participants join a cohort of up to twelve people led by a trained tutor.

What courses are available?

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders / ASD

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In many classrooms there are students who may:

  • have difficulty communicating and relating to others
  • have behaviours and interests that are restricted and repetitive
  • appear distressed over changes in routine
  • be overly sensitive to some sounds, movements, smells and tastes
  • appear to be unaware or insensitive to the feelings of others

These students may have an autism spectrum disorder and as the term suggests they may have a range of abilities that vary from those with severe intellectual disability through to individuals with exceptional abilities.

Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental disability and students, whether they are low or high functioning, may need significant support in the classroom. This course aims to support teachers in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students by providing them with an understanding of the impact this disability can have on the lives of individuals. It also offers practical and achievable assessment ideas and intervention strategies to address a range of specific, identified needs.

Understanding and Supporting Behaviour / USB

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Students who experience behaviour difficulties can struggle to access learning and to feel socially included in school life. The key message of this course is that behaviour is learnt and more appropriate behaviour can be supported in a positive way.

This course provides participants with an understanding of:

  • what is meant by difficult behaviour
  • how teacher practice can influence student behaviour
  • the need to consistently develop students’ understanding of themselves and others
  • the appropriate behaviours and skills that allow inclusion in learning
  • positive classroom management practices that support the learning, behaviour management and inclusion of all students

Inclusion of students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs / SLCN

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In many classrooms there are students who may have difficulties:

  • understanding, following and giving directions
  • using a wide range of appropriate vocabulary
  • expressing needs, ideas and information
  • sequencing and prioritising tasks, negotiating with others and working in groups

Students who have significant difficulties with speech and language can present with a wide range of additional learning needs and problematic behaviours and they will often have difficulties accessing the curriculum due to limited reading, writing and spelling skills.

Students with additional needs in language can present significant challenges for teachers. This course aims to support teachers in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students by providing them with an understanding of the impact this disability can have on the lives of individuals. It also offers practical and achievable assessment ideas and intervention strategies to address a range of specific, identified needs.

Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Difficulties in Reading / DYS

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Students who experience dyslexia or other significant difficulties in learning to read may struggle across all the key learning areas. An understanding of how these difficulties can impact on student learning and educational outcomes is important for all teachers. It will assist you to both adjust your teaching to meet the needs of these students and to make a difference to their learning outcomes.

This course provides participants with an understanding of:

  • the causes, incidence and main characteristics of dyslexia
  • some of the issues surrounding dyslexia and significant difficulties in reading
  • how to carry out an individual reading assessment and monitor student progress
  • the importance of a whole school approach to teaching reading and providing additional support
  • a range of practical strategies to teach the critical aspects of reading
  • how to individualise the class reading program
  • how to support learning across the curriculum and use assistive technology effectively

Understanding Hearing Loss / UHL

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It is important for all teachers to have an understanding of the effect hearing loss can have on a student’s learning and educational outcomes. This course will assist you to provide adjusted learning and support to meet the needs of these students and to make a difference to their learning outcomes. For students with hearing loss there is often a wide variation in both the degree and type of hearing loss they experience and as such the extent of the support they require will also vary. Students with hearing loss may have difficulties in acquiring language and literacy skills and this can impact on their ability to interact, participate and access curriculum content across the key learning areas.

This course provides participants with an understanding of:

  • how the ear works and what we mean by hearing loss
  • the possible impact of a hearing loss on a student’s academic, social and communication skills
  • how to use a range of assessment strategies to assess hearing, listening skills, language skills, the classroom environment and appropriate technology
  • the importance of a whole school approach to supporting all students with hearing loss
  • how to implement a range of teaching strategies and adjustments to support learning across the curriculum and to maintain a positive learning environment

Each course has four main elements:

  • Understanding
  • Assessment
  • Interventions
  • Case studies

The content is presented in a variety of ways to accommodate different learning preferences. All courses include interactions, printable resources, animations and videos.

There a number of quizzes throughout the course, and as a participant you must contribute to forums, goals and interventions as part of the course requirements.

View sample pages from each course by clicking on the sample link in the course information above.

What is the feedback?

Those who have completed the courses rate them very highly in terms of the impact of the courses on extending knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting students with special needs.

Region Regional contact name Tel Email
Congregational schools NSW CEC Shane Morris 0 smorris@parra.catholic.edu.au
Parramatta Catholic Schools Geraldine Gray 0 Gerry.Gray@cecnsw.catholic.edu.au
Parramatta Catholic Schools Benjamin Arthurs 0419345853 barthurs@parra.catholic.edu.au
Parramatta Catholic Schools Melanie Daignault 0 mdaignault@parra.catholic.edu.au
Name Role Org Tel Email
Mary Creenaune Regional Consultant Parramatta Catholic Schools 0 MCreenaune@parra.catholic.edu.au
Shane Morris Regional Consultant Parramatta Catholic Schools 0418534555 SMorris@parra.catholic.edu.au
Linda Drayton Regional Consultant Parramatta Catholic Schools 0 ldrayton@parra.catholic.edu.au