Department Education Studies
Level Taught Postgraduate Level
Module leader Dr Samantha Flynn
Credit value 30
Module duration 10 weeks
Assessment 100% coursework
Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
This module will provide an overview of early intervention as a means of improving the life chances of children, with particular reference to addressing the adverse effect of social disadvantage and special educational needs and disabilities, especially autism or intellectual disability.
Principal Module Aims and Outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Understand the rationale and research basis for early intervention and the technical issues regarding early intervention of children and parents that might benefit.
- Understand the nature of, and factors influencing early psycho-social development in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism.
- Provide an account of the recent and current large scale examples of early intervention and programmes, and identify the actions needed for implementing an early intervention programme at local and national level.
- Introduction: From early identification of individual children to early intervention on a
local area and national scale.
- National advocates for Early Intervention: learning from recent research on the role of the
Early Intervention Foundation and of the Big Lottery Fund’s Early Intervention
programmes in driving changing practice.
- Parenting programmes as early intervention: learning from recent research on targeted
and universal delivery modes.
- Early development in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities including
- Further issues in early intervention for children with intellectual and developmental
disabilities including autism: Impact and outcomes for family members, long term effects
of early intervention, and cost effectiveness.
- Principles and the practice of early intervention for children with intellectual and
developmental disabilities including autism, and their families.
- The emergence and development of early intervention as a public policy option in relation
to health, education and social policy in England.
- Critically engaging with academic and political critiques of the early intervention model.
|Lectures||10 sessions of 2 hours (7%)|
|Seminars||10 sessions of 1 hour (3%)|
|Tutorials||1 session of 1 hour (0%)|
|Private study||269 hours (90%)|
|5000 word essay or evidence report||100%|
|Students will have the opportunity either to write an essay or produce an evidence report. For the latter we would ask students to select one early intervention model/approach and write a report as if for a local authority, service provider, etc. The report could be structured to cover policy/practice context, principles of the approach, its evidence base, and an assessment/evaluation of key points relating to the implementation of whatever is chosen.|
This module is a core module for MA Psychology and Education, and an optional module for MA Childhood In Society, MA Education, MA Educational Innovation, MA Educational Leadership and Management, MA Islamic Education: Theory and Practice, and MA Global Education and International Development.