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Duration
Approx 3 months

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Qualification
QQI Level 5

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Awarding Body
QQI

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Start Date
September 2020

Special Needs Assistant - QQI Level 5 Webinar & Online

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Jenny at jennifer.matteazzi@portobelloinstitute.ie or call her on 01-8920031. Our academic delivery teams are all also working remotely and are supporting our students to continue with their studies through online learning or to get started for those just commencing their learning journey.  

Are you interested in Special Needs Assistant? This course is suited to anyone who has an interest in Special Needs Education, whether to pursue it as a career or use the knowledge for personal or family reasons. Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 5 Minor Award Special Needs Assisting is a qualification that will allow you to work as a special needs assistant in schools, hospitals and care homes. During this 3-month course you will acquire not only knowledge but empathy and understanding crucial to your future role as support to persons needing assistance in their learning. You will attend class online one evening a week allowing you to fit learning around your busy working and family life. You will also be required to complete 20 hours of work experience enabling you to get practical experience to compliment your studies. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

What is the role of a Special Needs Assistant?

Special needs assistants play an important role in supporting those with learning, physical or behavioural difficulties. The role of an SNA in the classroom involves assisting the teacher to support students with special educational needs who may also have significant care needs. Through education, knowledge and understanding an SNA can ensure that a child with special needs experiences a positive learning experience developing their confidence and independence.

Why should I study this course?

Portobello Institute's QQI level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting gives you the opportunity to learn from a range of experts all of whom are passionate about the field of special needs education. They bring their insight, depth of experience and passion for teaching to this course. Portobello Institute’s Special need course will learn to support and understand the process by which a child with learning, physical or behavioural needs learns. This qualification will allow you to work alongside a in a school as well as care settings.

What will I learn during this QQI Level 5 Minor Award Special Needs Assisting?

During this course, you will learn about development and learning in children with special needs and about the role of an SNA. You will learn about child development and behaviour theories and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children with learning, physical and behavioural disabilities. You will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard, support and promote children’s learning, development and well-being.

What does Webinar & Online learning meaning?

In response to the current Covid-19 shutdown, Portobello Institute has re-designed this course for delivery as an elearning and Webinar course. We have extensive experience delivering elearning courses and have the resources that are specifically designed for delivering courses to an elearning audience. Your course will run at a specific time each week when you will log-on and your tutor will deliver the content over a 2 hr period with a break of 10minutes half-way through. You can ask a question at any stage and hear the questions and responses of other students attending this course. Your tutor is available up to 20 minutes before class so you may log-on early and seek support if there are any areas of the content that you need additional support with. Alternatively, our full-time programme manager is available to support you throughout your learning journey.

Course materials are structured to be accessed on a week by week basis and are available to download from our elearning platform as you progress through the course. Assignments are all designed for completion at home and once completed, you will upload these to the elearning platform. Feedback and results are posted here for you to access too.

You will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow course colleagues as if you were in class together - all from the comfort and safety of your chosen environment. Webinars are available to download at a later stage should you miss a class making this a very flexible and convenient mode of learning.

Who will I learn from?

The programme management and tutoring team on course have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and wealth of practical experience in the sector and education. Each member of our tutoring team is passionate about the effects a special needs assistant has on a child’s development and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Meet our Team by clicking here

Who will recognise this qualification?

Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting enabling you to work as an SNA. This course is an essential introduction to the role of an SNA and theories in special needs education that will prepare you for QQI Level 6 Minor award in special needs assisting should you wish to further your studies.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 minor award (5N1786) Special Needs Assisting

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.

Our experienced course adviser team are available to support you with your programme choice. If you are unsure if this programme is right for you, please email jennifer.matteazzi@portobelloinstitute.ie for further advice or call her on 01-8920031. We will support you to  select the course best suited to your career ambition and interests.

In response to the current Covid-19 shutdown, Portobello Institute has re-designed this course for delivery as an elearning and Webinar course. We have extensive experience delivering elearning courses and have the resources that are specifically designed for delivering courses to an elearning audience. Your course will run at a specific time each week when you will log-on and your tutor will deliver the content over a 2 hr period with a break of 10minutes half-way through. You can ask a question at any stage and hear the questions and responses of other students attending this course. Your tutor is available up to 20 minutes before class so you may log-on early and seek support if there are any areas of the content that you need additional support with. Alternatively, our full-time programme manager is available to support you throughout your learning journey.

Course materials are structured to be accessed on a week by week basis and are available to download from our elearning platform as you progress through the course. Assignments are all designed for completion at home and once completed, you will upload these to the elearning platform. Feedback and results are posted here for you to access too.

You will have the opportunity to engage with your fellow course colleagues as if you were in class together - all from the comfort and safety of your chosen environment. Webinars are available to download at a later stage should you miss a class making this a very flexible and convenient mode of learning.

Work Experience Programme

During this course you will be required to complete 20 hours on a work placement in a special needs assisting setting. This placement will not take place until after Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. During the placement you will have the opportunity to put into practice the exercises and skills you will have learned during the programme. You will have the opportunity by using these skills to stimulate, develop and guide the children under your direction to develop to their full potential. We aim to ensure you that have the opportunity to gain experience in a setting that is aligned with your career ambitions.

The Role of the Special Needs Assistant

Equal Opportunities Child Development(Overview)

Theories of Learning and Behaviour

Physical and Intellectual Disabilities

Communications and Language Disabilities

Work Experience*

* 20 Hours Work experience is required

 

The learning outcomes for this programme are as follows;

1. Explore the role and responsibilities of the Special Needs Assistant
2  Examine the qualities and skills of an effective Special Needs Assistant
3  Examine relevant legislation in relation to disability
4  Explore the rights of children with disabilities in relation to personal autonomy, participation and decision making
5  Relate effectively and appropriately to children who present with additional needs
6  Use care routines in feeding, toileting and general hygiene
7  Maintain appropriate relationships with children parents, primary carers, teachers and other members of the multidisciplinary team
8  Work effectively with children who present with disabilities under the direction of the classroom teacher
9  Assist children with disabilities in a range of activities, ensuring equality of opportunity through working in a safe and professional manner
10  Reflect on personal practice working with children, their parents or guardians and colleagues ensuring that children's individuality is promoted and that their needs are met

For those that wish to progress to their Level 6 award in Special Needs we have scheduled a continuation course in each region to start approx two weeks after the Level 5 course ends. Where possible we have left the course on the same day. 

Course price €495

Special offer applies when booking Level 5 & 6 together with combined price of €950. Please click here for more information or call us on 01-8920041

Testimonial

“It is a very insightful course not only for the role of an SNA but also for anyone working with children including parents.” Read more

Alban Hysa

Testimonial

“The option to complete the course over a week particularly suited my needs and overall goal. “ Read more


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