Course List - Special Education

AEC PROGRAM

Session 1

 

351-101-TV Qualifications and Work in Specialized Education

Course Description:

This course will enable students to examine the tasks and operations related to the role of the special care counsellor (SCC), the special education process, and the clinical tools used. It will allow students to properly understand the characteristics of their role and their operating conditions in different workplaces. Therefore, they will be able to examine the skills and behaviors required to appropriately intervene within the code of ethics, which is an important part of the interventions. Also, they will be in a position to intervene while respecting themselves, as well as the rules and competencies of other different specialists.

351-102-TV The Development of the Child

Course Description:

As a key player in the training of the special educators who will intervene with this client base, a thorough understanding of the child’s development will allow students to differentiate stages of child development, interpret their reactions, and define maladjustment indications or manifestations or adjustment issue according to their age. Students will develop their capacity to evaluate the influence of interpersonal relations on the child’s development and will be able to identify foreseeable crises during their development. Additionally, students will be prepared to notice and describe behaviors, associate them with adjustment issues and identify influencing factors in relation to the understanding of these issues.

351-103-TV Communication and Teamwork

Course Description:

Communication and teamwork are at the heart of the special care counsellor’s profession. They will continuously have to demonstrate their skills in this field with their clients, their colleagues, and other professional resources in the workplace. At the end of this course, students will have developed efficient communication skills by gaining a better understanding of the different elements that can have a positive or a negative impact on communication, with the client as well as within their work team. They will then be able to apply communication techniques and evaluate their method of communicating. Lastly, students will also be made aware of attitudes and behaviors adapted to the clients and appropriate for enabling a supportive intervention.

351-104-TV Institutions, Organizations and Services

Course Description:

The organization of the services offered to people with adjustment issues includes health and social services, as well as those offered in the educational system. At the end of this course, students will have learned to recognize the services offered and the laws that govern institutions or organizations, and their mission for each of their professional fields. Students will also be able to choose appropriate resources for the service requested and to refer those with adjustment issues according to their needs.

351-105-TV Observation and Behavior Analysis

Course Description:

Using the appropriate techniques and attitudes, students will develop their capacity to note and describe information about a person’s behavior and their social interactions in order to provide an overview of his preliminary behavior profile. The observation aptitudes and competencies surrounding the needs of a person in need is at the core of the profession: know how to observe, to communicate and to draw up observations are prerequisite to efficient interventions. These observations can reveal adjustment problems and constitute indicators that may interfere with normal development. This course will focus
on difficulties related to language development.

351-106-TV Activities Development I : Group Animation

Course Description:

Acting as a facilitator for groups is a type of intervention often used in the special care counsellor’s profession. This skill will be developed so that students can elaborate on personal and professional development activities and clinical tools. They will understand their strengths and limits as a facilitator and as a counsellor.

Through group facilitation, students will learn to target a need and initiate themselves to the creation of development activities or clinical tools adapted to the raised issues, notably language difficulties by evaluating intervention strategies for children with these difficulties.

351-107-TV Assistance and Protection in Critical Situations

Course Description:

In the context of health and security at work, students will be prepared to physically or psychologically assist people in need, whether in a crisis or a more common day-to-day situation. In a crisis situation, students will have learned to adapt their interventions as part of a strategy adapted to the situation, taking into consideration the dangerousness of the person in need, while also modeling professional ethical behavior in a supportive relationship perspective, taking into consideration their social environment’s support capacity. Students will be able to apply first-aid techniques (CPR and others) and, taking into consideration their personal integrity as caregivers, will demonstrate prevention means, but also, protection in case of physical threat or threat to their personal integrity.

351-108-TV Observation and Screening in Language difficulties

Course Description:

Complementary to courses 351-105-TV on observation and behavior analysis, and 351-106-TV on activities development, this course will allow students to recognize indicators of normal language development and difficulties observed while being able to prepare and create observation activities and recognizing aggravation indicators in language difficulties. Students will learn to understand the information provided by the speech therapist on encountered issues and recognize the complexity of the observed difficulties by correlating them with the speech therapist’s evaluation results.

Session 2

 

351-201-TV The Development of the Person

Course Description:

As an extension of the 351-102-TV course on The Development of the Child, students will be introduced to the scientific study of the development of the person, from adolescence to adulthood, through the analysis of the regular maturing process, predictable stages of development, and the influence of the environment in which the person evolves. Students will be able to:

  • Analyze the behavior of people of all ages (adolescence, adult, and senior)
  • Interpret reactions according to the stages of their development
  • Identify manifestations or signs of maladjustment
  • Approach certain problems of adaptation

 

351-202-TV Foundations of Adaptation Problems

Course Description:

At the end of this course, students will have acquired an overall vision of the notions of adaptation and maladjustment related to the different clienteles with which they will be called to work as a specialized educators. They will be able to analyze the problems of maladjustment most often encountered, detect clues and maladaptation behaviors, and seek factors of influence related to the understanding of the issues, including the person’s living environment.

351-203-TV Intervention Techniques and Approaches

Course Description:

This course will allow students to become familiar with the intervention techniques and approaches most often used. At the end of this course, they will be able to define and differentiate them. Also, they will start being able to use them in scenarios taking again the characteristics of the different types of clienteles coming from various environments and which use various approaches of intervention. Students will be able, in situations of animation and support, to demonstrate aptitudes and behaviors adapted to the profession of specialized educator.

351-204-TV Activities Development II: Clinical Tools

Course Description:

As a continuation of 351-106-TV, Activities Development I: Group Animation, this course requires students to be creative and have the initiative in developing activities and creating clinical tools adapted to various situations and problems encountered. Placed in situations of group animation and teamwork, students will have also demonstrated, through the success of this course, that they have mastered the qualities required in group animation. They will also be able to intervene in a context of a therapeutic relationship where knowing and controlling attitudes and intervention strategies play an important part.

351-205-TV Adaptation and Social Phenomena

Course Description:

At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate, in light of sociology concepts, their knowledge of social phenomena that generate problems of adaptation and will be able to describe, analyze and interpret situations of inequality, intolerance, or discrimination. Students will also be able to describe the social conditions and factors that can promote or undermine social adaptation and inclusion. Students will also be aware of the intercultural issues experienced in Quebec society to be able to communicate well and interact with groups or persons belonging to different cultural and ethnic communities. They will be able to interpret their ways of thinking and acting, collaborate with them, and to evaluate their ability to relate to them.

351-206-TV Interventions for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Course Description:

As a continuation of 351-105-TV, Observation and Behavior Analysis and 351-106-TV, Activities Development I: Group Animation, this course will take a clinical look at the characteristics of a person with (an) intellectual disability(ties) and appropriate strategies.

Using the knowledge, techniques, and skills developed in the first semester, students will be able to observe and evaluate the impact of the various aspects regarding intellectual disability as well as the adaptive potential of the person living these problems. Students will learn about the different interventions that will maintain or improve the social, communicative, cognitive, psychomotor skills or those associated with executing daily routine activities and will be able to plan interventions in regards to the needs of the person and their family.

351-207-TV Interventions for Young People with Adaptation Difficulties

Course Description:

As a follow-up to 351-105-TV, Observation and Behavior Analysis and 351-106-TV, Activities Development I: Group Animation, this course examines the different biopsychosocial realities that young people today can experience. The issues are numerous and deal with behavioral disorders, delinquency, family difficulties, bullying, mental health problems, drug or alcohol use, sexual identity, eating disorders, etc. At the end of the course, students will know the main intervention programs available and the intervention strategies acquired will allow them to carry out specific interventions such as: detecting a problem situation, evaluating the difficulties as well as the adaptation potential of youth, planning interventions according to their needs, performing activities that promote the development of their social skills, their accountability, and their self-esteem.

351-208-TV Internship I : Exploration and Experimentation

Course Description:

This one day per week internship, or its equivalent, takes place in an environment chosen by the students and is presented in two stages.

  1. The first step is devoted to exploring the different aspects of the work of the specialized educator, notably by putting into practice the skills developed in the course 351-105-TV, Observation and Behavior Analysis, the first essential dimension to the intervention in specialized education.
  2. The second step of the internship allows students to get involved in their environment by performing under supervision a project of intervention associated with the special needs of a person in the difficulty of adaptation. They will then be able to demonstrate their abilities and skills, particularly in animation and therapeutic relationships and in carrying out development activities, and also to demonstrate attitudes that meet the expectations of the profession.

Session 3

 

351-301-TV Clinical Tools and Intervention Plans

Course Description:

As a continuation of the 351-202-TV Foundations of Adaptation Problems, 351-203-TV Intervention Techniques and Approaches and 351-204-TV Activities Development II: Clinical Tools courses, students will be able to develop intervention plans adapted to the needs of people in difficulty or in deficit, while taking into account the contextual elements (laws, regulations, policies, code of ethics, clinical record, resource persons, support capacity of the living environment of the person). At the end of this course, students will be able to adequately use the resources and services in the community and in the person’s living environment; they will be able to assess their strengths and weaknesses in communication with clients and within a team, and will also be better equipped to develop activities, clinical tools, and intervention plans in each of the special education fields.

351-302-TV Interventions for Young Students with Learning Difficulties

Course Description:

This course allows students to learn about the learning problems that young people face at school. Students will be able to detect problem situations, plan interventions, in accordance with the intervention plan, carry out activities promoting learning, according to the types of difficulties encountered, and evaluate the effectiveness of the means implemented. The specific learning difficulties or disabilities analyzed will notably concern:

  • Dyslexia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention deficit
  • Dysphasia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysorthography

 

351-303-TV Interventions for Seniors Losing Autonomy

Course Description:

This course will allow students to analyze, from the course Foundations of Adaptation Problems (351-202-TV), the profile of people living with adaptation issues, especially elderly people, who are losing their autonomy. Students will be able to assess the impact of the observed deficits and the adaptive potential of the person, to help the person accept the situation, in particular by helping them maintain their functional skills, to plan interventions based on their needs and activities that promote the development of social interactions.

351-304-TV Interventions for Persons with Language Difficulties

Course Description:

This course focuses on the development of new material adapted to young people with various language difficulties and the use of existing available equipment. At the end of this course, students will also be able to carry out activities promoting language stimulation with children presenting a difficulty, in accordance with a speech therapy plan and in consultation with the family and other stakeholders.

The lessons learned in this course will be an extension of those learned in the 351-108-TV Observation and Screening in Language Difficulties course also using the 351-202-TV Foundations of Adaptation Problems, 351-203-TV Intervention Techniques and Approaches, and 351-204-TV Activities Development II: Clinical Tools.

351-305-TV Interventions for Persons with Physical or Neurological Deficits

Course Description:

With the knowledge obtained in the course Foundations of Adaptation Problems (351-202-TV), and the intervention techniques, approaches, and clinical tools developed in the courses 351-203-TV and 351-204-TV, students, at the end of this course, will be able to assess the impact of the deficiency or deficits and the adaptive potential of the person, to plan interventions according to their needs, to help them accept their limitations and to define their life project. Students will also be able to develop or support the person’s parenting and family skills and perform activities that promote the development of their language as well as their cognitive and psychomotor skills.

351-306-TV Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions

Course Description:

From the knowledge obtained in the Foundations of Adaptation Problems course (351-202-TV), and from the approaches, intervention skills, business development techniques, and clinical tools acquired in the 351-203 courses. -TV and 351-204-TV, students, at the end of this course, will be able to

  • Evaluate the situations encountered
  • Determine the intervention strategies according to the problem
  • Help the person to accept their problem
  • Define a life project
  • Take measures to help them by setting up, in consultation with his immediate environment, means of social support, as much to the person himself as to his family or his environment substitute

 

351-307-TV Social Exclusion and Violence

Course Description:

From the knowledge obtained in the Foundations of Adaptation Problems course (351-202-TV), and the approaches, intervention skills, business development techniques, and clinical tools acquired in the 351-203 courses. -TV and 351-204-TV, students, at the end of this course, will be able to:

  • Assess the condition of the person and the dangerousness of the situation
  • Determine strategies and priorities of intervention according to the problem encountered
  • Take measures to protect the person from acts against themself, if any, or against others
  • Promote the reduction of exclusion and violence of the person, in particular through the use of appropriate intervention strategies that promote self-esteem, social affirmation and a sense of control
  • Use appropriate strategies that will promote problem-solving and social insertion.

The student will also have the ability to develop social support with the person who is the victim of violence, including the appropriate use of strategies to establish an appropriate link between the person and their social network.

351-308-TV Interventions for Social and Professional Re-integration

Course Description:

From the knowledge obtained in the Foundations of Adaptation Problems course (351-202-TV), and the approaches, intervention skills, business development techniques, and clinical tools acquired in the 351-203 courses. -TV and 351-204-TV, students, at the end of this course, will be able to:

  • Evaluate the social or socio-professional reintegration capacities of the person and propose an agreement for the best-adapted program and places of residence
  • Agree with the milieu of insertion of the conditions of the program and its methods of application
  • Implement means that will promote social or socio-professional integration, in particular through the appropriate use of aid relationship techniques and by the appropriate use of strategies and intervention techniques that will promote the development of the person’s social competence.

Students will also have acquired the ability to mobilize support networks, support and accompany the person in their process of social or socio-professional reintegration.

Session 4

 

351-401-TV INTERNSHIP II: Workplace Intervention

Course Description:

The Workplace Intervention Internship takes place in a practical setting, four (4) days per week. Each week, an in-class meeting with the teacher allows students to share their learning and experiences in different work placements, which is done simultaneously with the Integrated Intervention Project course (351-402-TV.) The symbiosis of these two (2) courses makes it possible to approach, in practice and in theory, the different work functions in specialized education, while living the reality of a specialized educator, and while planning an integrated synthesis project.

351-402-TV Integrated Intervention Project

Course Description:

Coming soon.

Updated: March 11, 2022

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