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Principles and Practice of Inclusive Classrooms

Course Details:

  • Course duration is 4 months (extendable by 2 months)
  • Comprises of expert videos, written content, assignments and reading references
  • Final Assessment (20 Questions - 30 minutes)
  • E- Certificate at end of course.

Course Audience

For Teachers, Special Educators, Counsellors, Mental health professionals 

Course Objective

This unique course is available exclusively for schools who wish to take it up for their entire teaching staff.

This comprehensive module ensures teachers gain in-depth insights in to diversity & disability, effective application of UDL across classrooms, pedagogies for better inclusion & ensuring that schools are able to effectively practice inclusion in mainstream classrooms.

Module 1: Diversity in Inclusion 

This module deals with diversity and its types, the perception of a teacher towards diversity in various learners. Additionally, it also talks about ability v/s disability and the protection of rights of people with disability as it is seen globally as well as in the Indian context. In order to give a more complete understanding of the existing scenario, the history of Special Education and inclusion as it exists in India is also a concluding part of this module.

Module 2: Disabilities & their Implications on Learning 

In this module you will learn about the various disabilities and their types, namely, the visible disabilities and the invisible disabilities and their sub-categories, namely, physical, neurological, psychological and multi-disabilities. The occurrence of these disabilities in the classroom and how the teacher can develop the necessary skills to handle difficulties faced in the classroom and create an inclusive learning environment for all learners.

Module 3: Learning Disabilities 

Considering the amount of increase in detection and the high degree of occurrence within the classroom, this module deals with the definition, the types of learning disabilities, broadly speaking, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia; their implications on learning, and how to help these learners to reach their maximum potential. It also includes the types of assessments that can be carried out to understand their individual difficulties and the social implications of these. 

1Introduction to Learning Disability        

Module 4: Autism Spectrum 

This module describes ASD as a “spectrum” disorder and its implications in the classroom. The variations between a higher functioning individual and an individual with lower functioning and the implications of these in the classroom. The effect of early intervention and its impact on the individual, the role of the teacher in the coordination between herself, the parents, the therapists and how it plays out in the classroom environment, and eventually the generalization of behavior in the individual’s life. You will also gain insight into policies, social implications and the assistive technologies that can aid accommodation in the classroom setting.

Module 5: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

Another often seen difficulty seen in the classroom, with and without other compounding co-morbidities, is the child with ADD/ADHD. This module will give you an understanding of what it means to face this difficulty in the classroom, the factors that may aggravate its symptoms and how early detection helps in dealing effectively with the symptoms. The module also deals with effective strategies to deal with these difficulties and touches on the aspect of medical and other interventions in its rehabilitation.

 Module 6: Intellectual Disabilities, Visual Impairment & Hearing Impairment 

In this module, you will be equipped with the meaning of IQ levels, and how the variant levels impact the learning outcomes in children with lower levels of intelligence. It deals with curriculum differences keeping the potential of the child in mind. The methodologies that can be used on teaching, multi-level instructions and co-curricular aspects of overall education. Additionally, the module also deals with the strengths and barriers in educating this group of difficulty and how other impairments like visual and hearing can be accommodated in mainstream education.

Module 7: Assessments 

This module deals with screening and identifying of the needs of students. Screening will train you for the various types of assessments, like domain-based assessments in scholastic, co-scholastic, functional curriculum, expanded core-curriculum and assessing those with high support needs. In this module, you will learn about various policies, legislations, rights provisions and entitlements involved in helping the child with special needs achieve his maximum potential in the field of education.

Module 8: Pedagogy 

Training in this module is of utmost importance in assisting the mainstream teacher in developing new skills and knowledge and developing a fresh perspective and attitude towards inclusive education. The Universal Design for Learning will help the teacher not only to know, but also to create the best practices and enhance attitudes towards herself, the child as well as the relationship shared with the children in her classroom.

Key Takeaways:

  • In-depth insight into diversity & disabilities
  • Application of UDL across classrooms
  • Pedagogies for better inclusion
  • Effective inclusion in the mainstream classroom

 

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