CD 135

| The Young Child with Special Needs

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CD 135 is a 13-week online course that explores a variety of topics related to young children with special needs (ages 0-8) and their families. For a sample syllabus, please click here.

Topics Covered


1. General introductory information
        A. Overview of disabilities
        B. Cultural and historical perspective
2. General issues involving people with special needs
        A. History and philosophy of special education
        B. Public Law 94-142, implications and applications, legal
        C. Ths child as an individual: developing an individual
           Education Plan or an Individual Family Service Plan
        D. The child in the community setting: resources and services
        E. Careers in special education
        F. Current approaches to teaching children with special needs,
           inclusive practices
        G. Focus on the family of the child with special needs:
           dynamics, grief cycle, impact on sibling, multicultural
        H. Dynamics of causation prenatal, perinatal, postnatal
3. Specific Disabilities
        A. Down Syndrome
        B. Cerbral Palsy
        C. Autism
        D. Learning disabilities
        E. Emotional disturbance
        F. Other physical and health impairments
        G. Hearing impairment
        I. Vision impairment
        J. Speech and language disorders
        K. HIV, drug exposure, abuse and neglect Your Title Here


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe concept of normalization.
2. Examine Public Law 94-142, with which emphasis on development of Individualized Educational Program, individual Family Service Plan and recent legal developments.
3. Investigate the place of disability in a historical and cultural perspective.
4. Study behavior management and other appropriate approaches with application to children with special needs.
5. Investigate family dynamics as applicable to children with special needs.
6. Explore modifications the regular classroom teacher may make to accommodate a child with special needs.
7. Investigate community resources available for people with special needs.
8. Investigate possible careers in the field.
9. Understand specific disabilities: etiology, prevalence, characteristics and remediation.