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Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education

Course Number: ECE 234
Transcript Title: Children w/Special Needs i/ECE
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Become acquainted with areas of special needs in children from birth through six years of age. Emphasis is on inclusion of children in early childhood settings. Explore services available to children and their families. Child development helpful. Audit available.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grading policy will be discussed and distributed with the course handout during the first week of class. Student's grades will be based on their performance on:

  1. Written examinations covering the theoretical and applied information from lecture discussions, required reading, textbooks, audio-visual and classroom demonstrations.
  2. Completion of projects.
  3. Classroom attendance and participation.

Course Activities and Design

Basic format of the class will be lecture-discussion, films, resource speakers, perhaps field trips and experiential activities.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course outline is a topical outline and is not necessarily the sequence in which the material will be presented.

1.0 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN

Instructional Goal: To develop a knowledge base of information about children with special needs and the historical response of education and government.
Objectives:
1.1 Areas of exceptionality

a. Identify areas of exceptionality
b. Recognize the occurrence of these areas in our population

1.2 Attitudes toward handicapped

a. Identify common attitudes of our society toward the handicapped
b. Identify their own attitudes toward the handicapped

1.3 Current legislation relating to the handicapped

a. Describe PL 94-142 and subsequent applicable legislation
b. Analyze pro and con for mainstreaming
c. Analyze the effects of implementing PL 94-142 on children, families and schools
d. Analyze current legislation

2.0 ORAL COMMUNICATION AND IMPAIRMENT

Instructional Goal: To review information on development of normal language and to explore language problems and intervention strategies.
Objectives:
2.1 Review of normal language development

a. Describe the development of language from birth through the preschool years
b. Describe the teacher’s role in promoting language development

2.2 Speech problems

a. Identify specific language problems (articulation, delayed language, voice and stuttering)
b. Identification of professional in the speech profession
c. Describe intervention strategies for problems in language delays and articulation

3.0 LEARNING DISABILITIES

Instructional Goal: To explore general information in the area of learning disabilities.
Objectives:
3.1 History and definitions of learning disabilities

a. Define learning disabilities
b. Describe the history of learning disabilities

3.2 Common characteristics and interventions for learning disabilities

a. Describe characteristics of LD children
b. Identify causes of LD
c. Identify treatment for children with LD
d. Identify teacher’s role in enabling children success

4.0 MENTAL RETARDATION

Instructional Goal: To explore information on the area of cognitive delays and disabilities and examine mainstreaming in the preschool.
Objectives:
4.1 Definition and history of cognitive disabilities and interventions

a. Define cognitive delays and disabilities
b. Describe the history of interventions

4.2 Current management and educational programs

a. Describe possible interventions
b. Identify service in area
c. Mainstreaming the cognitively delayed child in the preschool

4.3 Personal and family problems related to a cognitively delayed child

a. Identify special problems for families with a cognitively delayed child
b. Examine social problems, which might be evident for cognitively delayed or disabled child and adult

5.0 GIFTED CHILD

Instructional Goal: To introduce general information on the area of giftedness.
Objectives:
5.1 Definition and characteristics of giftedness

a. Define giftedness
b. Describe characteristics of the gifted child

5.2 Educational opportunities for the gifted child

a. Identify programs for the gifted in the area
b. Describe ideas for incorporating the gifted child in the preschool

6.0 DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED CHILD

Instructional Goal: To explore general information on the deaf and hearing impaired child and how to integrate him into the preschool.
Objectives:
6.1 Mechanisms of hearing

a. Identify mechanisms of hearing

6.2 Hearing impairments

a. Identify common hearing disorders
b. Recognize professionals in the area of deaf and hearing impairments
c. Identify skills and aids for incorporating the hearing-impaired child in the preschool

7.0 BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Instructional Goal: To explore general information on blind and visually impaired child and how to incorporate him into the preschool.
Objectives:
7.1 Visual problems

a. Identify common visual problems
b. Prevention of visual problems

7.2 Integration of visually impaired child in preschool

a. Describe skills and aids to assist in mainstreaming the visually impaired child into the classroom

8.0 EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILD

Instructional Goal: To explore general information on symptoms and treatment for the emotionally disturbed child.
Objectives:
8.1 Characteristics of the emotionally healthy child

a. Describe characteristics of the emotionally healthy child using Erikson's theory

8.2 Emotionally disturbed child

a. Describe the characteristics of the disturbed child
b. Recognize when to refer and resources in the area
c. Identify skills for working with the emotionally disturbed child in the preschool

9.0 PARENT TEACHER PARTNERSHIP

Instructional Goal: To explore the parent-teacher partnership as the recommended format for support and intervention.
Objectives:
9.1 Describe the teacher’s role in this partnership

9.2 Identify communication issues between teachers and parents

9.3 Identify skills for supporting children and families

9.4 Identify skills for advocating for children and families

9.5 Identify the possible stresses on the family and appropriate teacher interventions

Department Notes

Early Childhood Education elective course.