Complex Individual Needs

This module will present you with an opportunity to update, extend and apply the knowledge of the developmental psychology of childhood and adolescence which they bring to the programme from their prior studies of psychology. Against this background, the nature and impact on development of disabilities and special education needs are examined. Here the emphasis rests heavily upon analysis of theoretical paradigms and research evidence relating to the aetiology and impact of disabling conditions, and to the quality of evidence available to inform the selection of intervention methods of choice, if disadvantage and disability are to be minimised. Particular attention will be paid to balancing social and medical models of disability, and their implications for practice, and to working with children and young people and their carers in ways that maximise their engagement in a collaborative problem-solving process.

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