An overview of developmental disorders:
This module considers current definitions, classification and terminology, as well as debating the overlapping nature of developmental disorders. It begins to consider the roles and expectations of stakeholders within a collaborative framework and critiques a range of literature that provides the evidence base for practice.
The assessment and diagnosis of developmental disorders:
This module focuses upon the tools for diagnosis of a range of developmental disorders and those used in research. It builds upon the previous module and uses the bio-psychosocial model of disability to frame assessment. An emphasis is placed upon gaining a holistic picture of the individual’s living and learning needs.
Management of developmental disorders:
This module considers the current thinking about the medical, rehabilitative and educative approaches to intervention and management of developmental disorders. It will also consider the impact of intervention upon the individual’s life.
Research methods for developmental disorders:
This module develops the research skills and processes to enable you to use relevant research to inform your practice, and to also carry out clinical or educational research.
The dissertation is your opportunity to explore issues of professional and personal interest in depth by applying skills as a researcher. This may build upon topics that you have investigated earlier in your studies. On successful completion you will be encouraged and supported to disseminate your work. During the dissertation stage of the course you will be supported by a personal tutor.
Learning and teaching methods
Students will be expected to attend a five day study block for each of the four taught modules and complete a range of written and oral assessments.