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Areas of Study | | EDUC159 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Issues in Exceptionalities
DIVISION:Liberal Arts

A survey of special needs issues including: managing disruptive behavior, communicating with and helping the individual learn to communicate, choosing and implementing specialized teachng strategies, positioning and handling techniques, and collaborating with the family and professionals in social service agencies.

Place into ENGL121.

This course is not available for web registration.

* To gain knowledge of the broad categories of special issues surrounding exceptionalities.
* To be able to identify behavior problems in individuals with special needs.
* To gain knowledge of techniques that work to change maladaptive behavior in individuals with special needs.
* To become fimilar with basic argumentative communication techniques and devices.
* To be knowledgeable about the variety of teaching strategies one might incorporate when working with a student with special needs.
* To be able to match an appropriate teaching strategy to a child's unique characteristics.
* To be aware of adaptations in the environment that are necessary for an individual with special needs.
* To be knowledgeable about different positioning and lifting techniques.
* To be aware of the variety of special equipment avialable for use with individuals with special needs and the purpose that each serves.
* To gain knowledge of adaptations sometimes used to help a student with special needs feed and toilet themselves.
* To be fimiliar with sensory defensiveness and ways to lessen this.
* To be able to identify sensory issues for individuals with special needs.
* To be aware of the roles filled by physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
* To be able to carry out programming developed by a therapist in a simulated experience.
* To be able to chart programming attempts on a regular basis.
* To understand the importance of developing a good working relationship with family members.
* To be knowldgeable of best practices useful in working with families of children with special needs.
* To be fimilar with the team approach taken when planning for services for individuals with exceptional characteristics.
* To be able to develop the skills necessary to collaborate with social service agencies.

1. Common problems surrounding exceptionalities
2. Special behavior issues.
3. Successful techniques for dealing with maladaptive behavior.
4. Introduction to augmentative communication devices/techniques.
5. Implementing programming using augmentative communication.
6. Teaching strategies particularly successful when used with students having special needs.
7. Determining appropriate teaching strategies for individual children.
8. Environmental adaptations necessary for teaching students with special needs.
9. Overview of basic positioning and lifting techniques.
10. Overview of special equipment for use with children with special needs.
11. Identifying sensory defensiveness.
12. Addressing issues of sensory defensiveness.
13. Roles of the physical, occupation, and speech/language therapist.
14. Implementing programming developed by the therapist.
15. Documenting daily programming attempts.
16. Developing positive realations with parents.
17. Becoming a member of a collaborative team.

Mastropieri.. Inclusive Classroom. Prentice-Hall, 3rd edition.

In-Class Activities 10%
Class Demonstrations 30%
Positioning Techniques
Augmentative Communication Device
Teaching Strategies
Group Presentations 25%
Behavior Intervention Plan
Group Collaborative Plan
Exams (3) 20%
Final Exam 15%


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Fall 2010

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