EDUC& 204 Exceptional Child • 5 Cr.
Examines the educational, social, and developmental patterns of the child with special needs. Students explore the impact of disabilities on the children, their families, and on their futures. Format includes lecture and participation.
Three clinical hours per week
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Conduct structured observations, lasting at least two hours each in three different programs serving children with special needs. The focus of each observation is as follows:
- The classroom environment
- Typical/atypical development of an individual child
- Considerations for inclusion
- Understand the value of inclusion for all children and defend this concept
- Describe the effects that labeling has on young children
- Become familiar with federal legislation that effects children with disabilities and their families
- Understand the value of early intervention for children with disabilities and their families. List the overall goals of early intervention programs
- Define the major categories of disabilities and describe their impact on overall development
- Critique media portrayals of individuals with disabilities ad the issues and attitudes surrounding them
- Identify the challenges that are common among families of children with disabilities