Online training for
Special Educational Needs
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Courses for South Australia

Government of South Australia

Department for Education and Child Development.

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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, whatever their level of functioning, may need support and adjustments in the school and classroom environments. This course aims to support teachers in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students by providing an understanding of the impact of this disability. It offers practical and achievable assessment ideas and intervention strategies to address a range of specific, identified needs.

Understanding Motor Coordination Difficulties / MCD

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Motor coordination difficulties can be a complex area:

  • The term ‘hidden disabilities’ is often used as many students may be capable of learning at their stage levels but their motor difficulties can impact on their academic performance
  • Different terminology may be used including developmental coordination disorder or dyspraxia
  • There may be other co-occurring difficulties in addition to fine and gross motor skills such as speech and language difficulties, poor organisational skills, challenging behaviour and social difficulties
  • There are degrees of motor coordination difficulty

A motor coordination difficulty is a lifelong developmental disability. This course aims to support teachers in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students by providing an understanding of the impact of this disability. It offers practical and achievable assessment ideas and intervention strategies to address a range of specific, identified needs.

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.

This course aims to support teachers in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students by providing an understanding of the impact of speech, language and communication needs. It 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

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 require adjustments and support across all the key learning areas. An understanding of how these difficulties can impact on student learning and what evidence-based strategies are available will assist teachers to make a difference to the learning outcomes of these students.

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

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.

Name Role Org Tel Email
Ingrid Alderton Special Education (DECD) 8226 6732 Ingrid.Alderton@sa.gov.au
Libby Brown DECD Other Special Education (DECD) 82352871 elizabeth.brown226@schools.sa.edu.au