Physical Needs

MQF Level: 4

ECTS Value: 2 ECTS

0Duration: 4 Sessions

Contact Hours: 10

Self Study Hours: 31

Assessment Hours: 9


Module Description

This module is designed to provide the Learning Support Educators with basic training on physical disability. It will tackle areas Cerebral Palsy, the effects of muscle tone on student’s function in daily living skills, the role of Therapists (including OT, Physio and SLT), how to best handle a student with physical disability, different types of transfers which are usually carried out at school, ideal posture during table task activities and alternative means of writing.

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a. carry out daily activities such as feeding, toileting/changing nappy and dressing with children with a physical disability,

b. apply practical knowledge on sitting and adequate posture during table task activities.

c. ensure the safety of the student during handling, transferring and seating

d. collaborate with other colleagues, if assistance is required, during transferring and employ practical knowledge on transferring equipment


a. Distinguish the different types of physical disability and their respective signs and symptoms;

b. Determine the different roles of therapists (including the Occupational Therapist, Physio and Speech and language Therapist);

c. Apply practical knowledge on how to transfer a student such as what is a good seating position to attain for the student with a lesion and the different techniques one can use for daily life activities.


a. Operate or use the different techniques (including transferring, handling)

b. Practise activities of daily living and self-help skills with the student with physical disability.

c. Under professional guidance the learner can use alternative mean to writing.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Research Assingment and Online Tasks/Reflections.

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