This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with supporting the ongoing skill development of a person with disability. It involves following and contributing to an established individual plan and using a positive, strengths-based approach.  This unit applies to individuals who work with people with disability in a range of community services and health contexts. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision. 

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - contributed to ongoing skills development, using a strengths-based approach, for at least 3 people with disability.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - current practices, philosophies and theories; - concepts of vulnerability, power, independence and interdependence; - assessment processes relating to ongoing skills development; - assessments processes and protocols used by the organisation or service; - communication needs, strategies and resources; - principles of access and equity; - legal and ethical considerations for working with people with disability; - tools, equipment and other resources used in the learning process; - various teaching and learning strategies; - strategies for identifying and maximising informal learning opportunities; - services and resources available to people with special needs; - prompting, principles of prompting and fading prompting; - strategies to create independence; - reinforcing techniques and when and how to use them; - motivators, de-motivators and blocks to learning, and; - incidental learning and the importance of recognising opportunities for learning.

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