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Course Description

This course examines the physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through preschool age children. An emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors; and the dynamic interplay among the child's environment, caretakers and his/her level of development are highlighted for typically and atypically developing children. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages, and become familiar with developmentally appropriate techniques for working with children of different ages and abilities. Each candidate demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of the developmental and learning characteristics, and evidence-based practices associated with young children (birth to pre K) with developmental delays, specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, autism spectrum disorders, moderate/severe mental retardation, emotional disturbance, and low incidence and multiple disabilities. Each candidate demonstrates skill required to ensure that the intervention and/or instructional environments are appropriate to the child's chronological age, developmental differences, and disability-specific needs.
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