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Introduction to Teaching

Course Code DSWP-120
Lecture hours per week 2
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

This course will focus on the belief that helping people who have intellectual disabilities to have competencies and learn new skills is a major part of the role of the Developmental Services Worker.  Learning is enhanced by high expectations, how people are grouped, activities and processions.  The course starts by examining different learning styles and effective teaching strategies.  Specific learning strategies such as the use of role models, environmental arrangements, universal design, social stories and repetition are covered.  Learning strategies that are specific to the field of Intellectual Disabilities such as graduated guidance, prompting procedures, generalization techniques, and strength-based learning are examined and practiced.  Evidence-based strategies are investigated to support people who have challenging behaviour.  Students will write The Quality Assurance Measure’s Behaviour Support Plan.  Practical in-class demonstrations will be conducted.  The intersection of technology and augment com

Course Learning Outcomes

The student will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Give examples of universal teaching strategies that enhance learning.
  2. Explain how to accommodate various learning styles.
  3. Describe teaching strategies derived from operant conditioning and behaviour analysis.
  4. Construct a Teaching Plan and a Behavioural Support Plan that meet the learner's needs.
  5. Explain Applied Behavioural Analysis's teaching procedures and interventions.
  6. Summarize how Applied Behavioural Analysis can help people develop socially desirable behaviours

Communication and learning skills are explored.


Course Outline