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Supporting Learners with Physical and Sensory Impairments

Course Duration:  20 hours - 3 hours

This module focuses on physical disabilities and how these impact the learning process.

It’s worth noting that some children with physical disabilities do not have any difficulty to learn — however, many a time, physical disabilities comorbid with mental conditions which directly affect the learning process.

Learning Support Educators need to know how to handle physically challenged children. Furthermore, they need to be aware of the difficulties these children encounter because of comorbidities.


  1. Defining the term 'physical and sensory impairment'

  2. Different types of physical and sensory impairments

  3. Causes of physical and sensory impairments

  4. Diagnosing and assessing impairments

  5. Braille and Sign language

  6. Handling students with physical and sensory impairments

  7. Comorbidities

  8. Teaching Strategies

  9. Support services available

Overall competences

During this module, our students will:

  1. Identify the characteristics of learners with physical and sensory impairments.

  2. Analyse the causes and prevalence of physical and sensory impairments.

  3. Assess the educational and behavioural levels of children with physical and sensory impairments.

  4. Learn the best strategies to teach this group of children.

  5. Become familiar with the process of creating a lesson plan for students with physical and sensory impairments.

  6. Learn how to collaborate with other professionals and parents for the student’s benefit.

  7. Learn how to use technology to support children with physical and sensory impairments.

  8. Learn how to record and communicate the student’s progress.

  9. Recognise the role of Resource Centres and support services within the college system.

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