Program Description:

Course Title: Childhood Communication Impairments This certificate course is accredited with Anglia Ruskin University at 60 Credits, HE Level 4, and can be used as a pathway to a diploma (120 credits) and then MSc (180 credits) in Childhood Communication Impairments.

Course Description:
  • Introduction of component processes / terms and inter-relation of skills in effective communication
  • Study of attention control, processing and memory skills, normal versus impaired development and specific attention and processing deficits / disorders.
  • Development of receptive language skills, semantics and information carrying words as well as the development of reasoning skills using work by Blank, Rose & Berlin.
  • Study of expressive communication in form, content and use (Bloom and Lahey)
  • Introduction to social communication disorders / autistic spectrum disorders and Theory of Mind.
  • Study of normal versus impaired development of speech sounds using phonological processing deficits and articulation disorders.
  • Study of the typical development of sensory processing in children and sensory processing deficits together with the impact of sensory processing difficulties on learning, play and interaction.
  • Introduction to sensory integration theory and sensory processing systems drawn from the work of Dr Ayres as well as common therapeutic assessment such as the sensory profile and interventions such as sensory diets. Sensory processing difficulties in diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD and genetic syndromes.
  • Study of augmentative communication systems including PECS, signing, low and high tech aids.
  • Introduction to screening tools, programme planning, target setting and drawing on research for evidenced based practice.

This course gives learners foundational knowledge and skills in relation to the development of communication and sensory processing skills in children. This includes understanding and recognizing vital components such as attention skills, memory, language development, sensory processing, social understanding and interaction, speech sounds as well as patterns of learning. The course will look at the inter-relation of skills, the impact on learning and social interaction as well as familiarity with specific deficits and disorders. The course will provide learners with an understanding of terms, an ability to recognize different characteristics in a child's development of communication and recognition of atypical development. The course will enable learners to recognize children who may have weaknesses in their early development and use acquired knowledge to work more effectively, adjusting their approaches and behavior accordingly as well as addressing individual needs by setting realistic targets and learning programmes. It is expected on completion of the course that the learners will have learning outcomes:

  • Acquired knowledge of underlying concepts involved in the communication process.
  • Be able to recognize, present and evaluate attention levels in children between two and six years of age.
  • An ability to observe and conceptualize sensory processing difficulties and be able to trial simple ideas on appropriate supporting strategies.
  • Knowledge of the development of language processing and recognize information carrying words and levels of reasoning as well as sound judgments in accordance with basic theories and concepts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development of expressive language skills in a child between the ages of 1 and 5 years.
  • Ability to analyze at a basic level expressive language samples in terms of form, content and use.
  • Acquired awareness and knowledge of social communication disorders in children with an understanding of theory of mind and an ability to demonstrate how it is tested as well as impact on interaction.
  • Knowledge that speech sounds develop between 1 and 5 years of age and application of this knowledge in interpretation of speech sound development charts.
  • Acquired awareness and knowledge of augmentative and alternative communication systems and an ability to demonstrate sound judgment in choice of aids.
  • An ability to use appropriate screening activities to identify probable areas of weaknesses in the communication process and plan simple programmes of intervention.

The course is conducted in English and students will need to be fluent in English in written and verbal forms. There is a pre-course short assignment, 8 assignments throughout the course and one final 8000 word project which is a case study on a child with probable communication difficulties. This is a postgraduate course for those who work with children as teachers, special educators or therapists.

Cost:

Total cost of the course is Rs. 240,000 per person including all materials and certification with Anglia Ruskin University. The cost per 4 hour session is Rs. 24,000 (10 sessions).

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