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Course Description

Neurodiversity is everywhere and is unique for every individual. Personal support workers (PSWs) may experience neurodiversity themselves, in care settings designed for those with disabilities, and in long-term care and home care settings.

Establish a foundational knowledge of neurodiversity, its intersectionality, and its impact. By exploring the dynamics of communication and support strategies, you become equipped with the knowledge and skills required to effectively provide person-centred care to neurodivergent clients.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss common neurodiverse conditions and describe the unique needs of aging and developmental neurodiverse clients
  • Plan a safe environment for neurodivergent clients, self, and others in a variety of client care contexts
  • Select and apply appropriate strategies to promote positive interactions when responding to behaviour or communication from neurodivergent clients
  • Adapt and develop care strategies that enable patient-centred care and support positive health and social outcomes for neurodivergent clients
  • Identify community resources and advocate for clients and families of neurodivergent clients

Course Topics

  • Understanding Neurodiversity
  • Communication
  • Environment and Engagement
  • Advocacy and Removing Barriers
  • Self-Reflection Practice and Workplace Case Studies

Sample Careers

Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (2) 15%
Discussion 20%
Eco Map 25%
Case Study 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partners

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for those working within the personal support worker field and for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, and assignments.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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