Online training for
Special Educational Needs
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Courses for Western Australia

Government of Western Australia

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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 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

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 Personalised Learning and Support / PL

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In any group of students there will be a range of diverse learning needs. Personalising learning for all students, including those with disability and additional learning needs, should take into account these individual differences. Personalised learning and support to meet these diverse needs should be reflected in the quality of the learning experience which is offered to each individual student.

This course focuses on:

  • personalising learning and support as it applies to all students, with a focus on those with disability and additional learning needs
  • developing a collaborative, whole-school approach that provides rigorous, relevant and engaging learning programs for all students
  • providing assessment processes and teaching and learning activities that are adjusted to meet the specific needs of those students
  • building supportive learning environments that offer a range of effective teaching strategies and adjustments to improve outcomes for all students
  • understanding your responsibilities as a teacher under the Disability Standards for Education (2005)

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.

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.

To view sample pages from each course go to the top of the page and click on Sample pages from courses.

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
Central Eve Lucas 0438 611 808 eve.lucas22@bigpond.com
Name Role Org Tel Email
Karenlee Clark Project Principal Central 9264 5730 karenlee.clark@education.wa.edu.au
Louise Valentino Central/Regional office staff Central 0459 882 037 Louise.Valentino@education.wa.edu.au