This course introduces the most common, challenging health conditions among children in primary and secondary education in Canada. It critically reflects on the role of the Education Assistant in assisting these children by promoting independence and inclusion, and by providing personal care.
Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)
Total Weeks: 15
Non-Course Prerequisites: Criminal Record Check Schedule B works with “children” or works with “children and vulnerable adults"
- Challenging health conditions and chronic illnesses among children in primary and secondary education
- Ethics and legislation around disability/inclusion
- Medical model and social model of disability
- Accommodation and inclusion
- The role and responsibilities of the Educational Assistant
- Practical personal care strategies/skills
- Storytelling to promote independence
- Creation of inclusion/inclusive environments through activities/strategies
- Describe the most common, challenging health conditions among children in primary and secondary education in Canada
- Describe symptoms of the most common and challenging health conditions
- Differentiate between the medical model of disability versus the social model of disability
- Describe how chronic illness/disability may affect the child in the classroom
- Describe the basics of the legislation and associated rights of persons with disabilities/challenging health conditions in education
- Explore the role that the Education Assistant plays in the multidisciplinary team and the development and execution of a Personal Care Plan using knowledge of common, challenging health conditions and their effect on the child and the classroom
- Identify barriers that a child with a challenging health condition/disability may experience in the classroom
- Apply creative, critical, and reflective thinking in exploring how to reduce educational and environmental barriers for a child with a challenging health condition/disability
- Describe how, within the parameters of the role of the Education Assistant, you can ensure the comfort and appropriate independence of the child/adolescent with a challenging health condition/disability
- Describe the mechanics of personal care skills as related to lifts and transfers, feeding assistance (including tube feeding), administering medication, and personal hygiene
- Design inclusive classroom activities
- Explore digital storytelling to reduce barriers and to promote independence in personal care using video, pictures/photographs, apps, icons, etc.
- Explain how to be ethical and trustworthy, how to respect confidentiality, and how to respect personal and physical boundaries while providing personal care for children in classrooms
- Promote an inclusive classroom environment and develop inclusive activities
- Promote the development of independence when assisting with personal care
Grading System: Letter Grades
Passing Grade: C (60%)
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.