This survey course provides an overview of educational and evidence-based strategies supporting children with exceptional cognitive, social, physical, and emotional needs. Identification, intervention strategies, methods, and programs to meet the needs of children are presented. Study of applicable federal and state laws and requirements conducted, including: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Individualized Family Service Plan, Individualized Education Programs, and inclusive programming. Fulfills requirements of School Code 25.25.
1. Discuss federal, state and local disability rights legislation, anti-discrimination laws, and the history of specialized education (NAEYC 6b)
2. Explain the importance of early intervention for children with special needs and their families. (NAEYC 3a, 4b)
3. Identify the cause and characteristics of basic disabilities as they affect children and adolescents, ages birth through 21. (NAEYC 1a, 1b; IPTS 1A, 1D)
4. Identify characteristics and needs of children from families experiencing stress, and develop a supportive curriculum that responds to their needs. (NAEYC 1a, 2a, 2b; IPTS 3C, 8D)
5. Identify strategies that meet the developmental needs of children from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 2a; IPTS 1A)
6. Describe methods of early identification, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs. (NAEYC 3a, 3b, 3c; IPTS 7A)
7. Describe the components of Individualized Educational Programs and Individualized Family Service Plans for children with special needs. (NAEYC 5b)
8. Discuss how disability and/or exceptionality affect young children's self-esteem, educational performance, and social interactions. (NAEYC 1a, IPTS 1C)
9. Describe factors affecting families of exceptional children and identify intervention techniques that could be used to support families. (NAEYC 2a, 2b, 2c; IPTS 8H)
10. Identify community agencies to which families with exceptional children may be referred, as well as understand the interaction of these agencies and their impact on the family. (NAEYC 2a, 2c; IPTS 8A, 8E)
11. Describe the role of the professional in curriculum planning and implementation for children with special needs and in promoting inclusiveness in the early childhood classroom. (NAEYC 4a, 4b, 4c; IPTS 3A)
12. Cite a variety of delivery systems for services developed for children with special needs. (NAEYC 4b, 6d)
COURSE REACTIVATED AND REVISED 1/7/2016 - SUBMIT ALL COURSES FOR APPROVAL TO PANEL BEGINNING SPRING 2016.
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