The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the practices and principles underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant to enable the learner to work effectively under direction in a special needs assisting capacity
Course Award QQI Minor Award Level 5 in Special Needs Assisting
Learners will be able to:
Explore in the role and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant.
Examine the qualities and skills of an effective Special Needs Assistant.
Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability.
Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making.
Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs.
Use care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene.
Maintain appropriate relationships with children parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multidisciplinary team.
Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher.
Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner.
Reflect on personal practice working with children, their parents or guardians and colleagues ensuring that children's individuality is promoted and that their needs are met.
Emma has worked with groups from the Early Years; Primary; Secondary; Further, Adult and Community Education in the public and private sectors delivering a wide range of courses from Child Psychology to Palliative Care through a variety of media - from class-based to online learning environments. Emma has volunteered within the area of the Equality and the realisation of the Rights of the Child and in the promotion of language and literacy, among others.