June 7, 2020

CPD Course in General Learning Difficulties with ICEP Europe

This course in general learning difficulties (GLD) was my last CPD course of the lockdown! It was also probably the one which took me the longest. I had pages and pages of notes after this course,which I have put aside in a folder for future reference. I have learned so much about the area of GLD, and considering so many children have GLD , it is surprising that there isn't more of an emphasis on it in college.

Students with general learning disabilities (GLD) comprise the largest group with additional needs in our schools; it is therefore crucial that teachers and schools are prepared to recognise and respond to their special educational needs. This course does just that, it equips educators with the knowledge, skills and understanding to ensure these students reach their full potential.

Students with general learning disabilities (GLD) comprise the largest group with additional learning needs in schools today. They may have a recognized disability, such as Fragile X, Down syndrome, or the cause may be unknown as is the case for many students with mild GLD. Intellectual, social and adaptive functioning mature at a slower rate and self-esteem can also be an issue. It is therefore essential to do as much as you can to support these children in your classroom, as self esteem can become a huge issue, particularly in the senior classes.

The main focus of this course is to build the capacity of educators to provide quality educational experiences to support students with GLD. This means creating inclusive learning environments and providing differentiated instruction that builds on each child’s strengths and talents. From the developmental implications of various general learning disabilities, to specific strategies for enhancing teaching and learning across the age range, this practical course will boost your knowledge and confidence and give you an in-depth understanding of effective instructional approaches, differentiation, behaviour support, collaboration and individual educational planning for students with GLD. There is no 'fluff' in this course, it is all practical information which you will use! Since leaving mainstream , I think I am more aware than ever of the needs some children face in the educational system, which is why I chose to study a lot of courses based on additonal learning needs this Spring.

I really enjoyed this course and took a lot from it, I found the background to the different learning difficulties so interesting, and the IEP section was excellent too. The course really made me think about allowing as much choice and autonomy as possible for the child, and about using specific teaching strategies to help the child with GLD, it made me think about differentiation in a whole new light.

Highlights

  • Learn how to assess the learning profiles of students with general learning disabilities.
  • Develop a working knowledge of specific teaching strategies in the areas of language and communication, and numeracy and literacy for students with GLD.
  • Learn how to develop Individualised Education Plans (IEPs) for your students
  • Learn how to promote choice and autonomy and build life-skills.
  • Develop your skills for differentiating curriculum and adapting instruction

Interactive Learning Assignments accompany each module. Each student is also required to complete a Reflective Assignment as well as a CPD record.The assessment part is very doable, the assignment only has to be between 250-750 words, and you just need to interact on the forum for each module.

Upon completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development and a Learning Log of your work, which can be included in your CPD portfolio and they qualify for EPV days.

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