Developmental Services Worker

Developmental Services Worker

Program Code
DSWR
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Campus
Orillia

Program requirements

  • 19 Mandatory Courses
  • 2 Communications Courses
  • 3 General Education Courses
  • 2 Field Placements

Program Description

Students develop the knowledge and skills required to support people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Utilizing person directed planning, students advocate for self-determination in individuals with developmental disabilities, and facilitate the development of natural supports and opportunities for full community participation.
Areas of study includes intellectual, physical and mental disabilities, spectrum disorders, support options, health and well-being, social relationships, active lifestyles, community building, stages of human development, augmentative communication, pharmacology and medication administration, teaching and intervention strategies, support planning for individuals and their family, counselling, and professional development. Students consolidate this learning in fourteen weeks of supervised field placements.