Module title: Working with Children and Families with a Learning Disability

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LDN08113
Module leader: Mhari Henderson-Laidlaw
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Mental Health and Learning Disability


2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mhari Henderson-Laidlaw
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The theory will be taught online supported by two face to face tutorials. The online learning will include the use of discussion forums, Elluminate Live and a range of learning activities to foster student engagement (LO2, 4, 5).
The face to face tutorials will give students the opportunity to explore, reflect on and deepen aspects of their learning (LO1).
This theory module will run concurrently with an associated practice module and students may be asked to identify key elements of their learning in theory for the development of their knowledge, understanding and practice in other modules. (LO3).
Service users, family members and a range of professionals from education, social work and health have been involved in the development of the materials used in this module and will be involved in the discussion forums, Elluminate Live sessions and the tutorials.

Formative Assessment:
Students will contribute to the discussion forums(Minimum of 3 posts) to demonstrate understanding of the intended impact of relevant legislation and policy in relation to the support needs of children and families with a learning disability and complex psychological and behavioural needs (LO 1,4) This is designed to support and improve student learning,and will feed forward into the summative essay.

Summative Assessment:
Students will complete an essay demonstrating their understanding of a range of health needs experienced by children with a learning disability and complex psychological and behavioural needs and discussing child centred care within families.The student will then demonstrate their understanding of the assessment process and outline a treatment plan with underpinning rationale for a child or young person with a learning disability and complex psychological and/or behavioural needs (LO1, 2,3,4 and 5) (3,500 words submitted in week 14) (100%)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 100
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 92
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module considers the complex psychological and behavioural needs of children with learning disability covering
Knowledge of specific conditions to inform assessment and treatment e.g. Autism, ADHD and Fragile X
The assessment process and accessing health care
Treatment approaches and therapeutic interventions.
Legal and ethical issues including child protection and patient safety
Multi-disciplinary and agency approaches
Perspectives of the child, families, carers, and other interested parties

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 Reflect upon the range of conditions, complex psychological and behavioural needs experienced by children with learning disabilities.
LO2: Based on best evidence and value based practice choose and use a range of appropriate assessments and assessments processes to inform treatment and support strategies.
LO3: Develop a treatment plan that demonstrates flexibility, is measurable and highlights optimum outcomes that are underpinned with evidenced based rationale
LO4: Examine the influences and intended impact of relevant legislation and policy in relation to the support needs of children and families with learning disabilities and complex psychological and behavioural needs.
LO5: Discuss approaches to working with families and child centred care delivery with other professionals, disciplines and service users and families.

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