Singapore University of Social Sciences

Supporting Diverse Learners (ECE304)

Synopsis

ECE304 Supporting Diverse Learners provides an overview of inclusive educational philosophies and approaches to early intervention and support for children of diverse abilities, from birth to 8 years of age. The course aims to promote positive dispositions toward developmental variations in child growth and learning, family-centred approaches, as well as instructional strategies for inclusion of children with learning difficulties and/or mild to moderate disabilities. ECE304 will introduce trends and recommended practices in early intervention and strategies for working with groups of diverse learners in regular early childhood settings.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester

Topics

  • Introduction to early childhood special education
  • Working within the Singapore context
  • Understanding children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Understanding children with learning difficulties/learning disabilities
  • Working with children with learning difficulties/learning disabilities
  • Understanding children with developmental delays
  • Working with children with developmental delays
  • Promoting communication skills through naturalistic approaches
  • Promoting social-emotional development and interactions among peers
  • Instructional strategies: accommodations and modifications
  • Working with families and other professionals

Learning Outcome

  • Interpret the various clinical definitions and terms.
  • Examine the benefits and challenges of having an inclusive early childhood setting for children with diverse learning needs.
  • Analyse the strengths and developmental variations in children.
  • Create accommodations and modifications that are useful in early childhood settings.
  • Propose basic instructional strategies to promote communication skills for children with special needs and their peers.
  • Design basic instructional strategies to promote social-emotional development for children with special needs and their peers.
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