When people hear the term “exceptional children” there is a tendency to automatically equate that with autism, as autism is one of the well known and often talked about in the media. In reality though, exceptional children is a broad term that includes autistic children.
“Exceptional children” covers autism, but also covers several different types and groups of children with various conditions. Some of these are:
Communications Disorders is when children aren’t able to properly talk or express themselves. They might have difficulties making the proper sounds, and may also include stuttering and other speech impediments.
1 in 12 children might suffer from some degree of communications disorder.
Learning Disabilities is actually the most prevalent of the exceptional group.
Up to 10% of children may have some type of learning disability.
This group may face difficulties in learning in some form or another. It can affect their reading, writing, or mathematic learning. Sometimes it is a combination. Many of these children are sometimes thought to be of lower intelligence but children with learning disabilities can be of average intelligence or even above average.
CAE’s Advanced Diploma in Special Education is a 12-month course that trains educators and parents in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of these needs and the basic principles and practices of effective teaching and learning. The programme is highly practice-oriented to ensure that what you learn in class can be applied to children with special needs under your charge.
The Diploma in Education (Special Needs) is a short 6-months, part-time programme that provides an essential introduction to the various categories of exceptional children and educational programmes available. The course will also train you to confidently design and implement an Individualised Education Plan or IEP to aid in specific areas such as language and communications.
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