Special Needs Assistant

The Special Needs Assistant module is an ideal starting point for those who wish to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children with special or additional needs, including: 

  • Aspiring Special Needs Assistants
  • Individuals interested in working within inclusive educational environments
  • Parents and caregivers aiming to enhance their knowledge and understanding of special needs 

While studying this module individuals will gain a comprehensive understanding of: 

  • The role and responsibilities of a Special Needs Assistant
  • Various types of disabilities and special educational needs
  • Strategies for promoting inclusive practices in educational settings
  • Effective communication and interaction techniques with children and young people with special needs
  • Practical skills in understanding the role & function of a Multi Disciplinary Team 
  • Methods for supporting the physical, emotional, and educational development of children with special needs
  • Methods for managing challenging behaviours in a constructive and supportive manner
  • Practical skills in understanding goals and objectives of an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Policies, procedures, and best practices for safeguarding children with special or additional needs

Individuals will also learn and demonstrate (through assessments) key skills and qualities related to a SNA role. 

By completing this course, graduates will become a valuable asset to any educational team; as they will possess the essential skills and knowledge, which will enable them to provide high-quality individualised support to children. Along with being equipped to positively contribute to the educational and developmental needs of children with special or additional needs.

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