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This subject provides relevant information to enable educational psychologists to work with children and adolescents with exceptional needs in regard to identification of exceptionality and appropriate assistance. This includes current policies and practices in regard to assessment, interventions, and recommendations to parents and other professionals working with these individuals. The subject is concerned with the full range of exceptionality, which includes a comprehensive range of disabilities and the related genetic origins, psychopathology and psychopharmacology as appropriate. An examination of key concepts for those with exceptionality is undertaken which includes definitions, characteristics, symptoms, and likely developmental consequences. Psychological aspects and issues arising from the identification of such individuals are considered in the context of current government policies of inclusion and research-based educational theories. Particular emphasis is placed on assessment, program implications, service delivery, and support in meeting the developmental needs of these individuals. The role of the educational psychologist when working with exceptional individuals, their parents, and multidisciplinary teams is explored.
Intended learning outcomes
It is anticipated that trainee psychologists who complete this subject would be able to apply their knowledge of individuals with exceptional needs in their professional practice as educational psychologists.
The content of the subject has a practical focus on the diagnosis of the most commonly encountered types of exceptionality found in individuals undertaking education.
At the completion of this subject it would be expected that the trainee psychologists would be able to provide evidence based recommendations to teachers and parents of the students with exceptional needs and be aware of government polices applicable to these individuals.
It is expected that the trainee psychologist would have a full understanding of the funding criteria to enable them to source and complete applications.
Last updated: 29 April 2020