Special Education 663
EDSP 663: Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (3)
Provides knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and needs of individuals with severe disabilities. Serves as the foundations course for the licensure program in severe disabilities. Course format is a combination of distance-learning and web-based learning modules and interactive sessions.
Detailed Description of Content of Course
This course will focus on the characteristics of children and youth with severe/profound mental retardation. Coverage will also include other handicapping conditions which are considered to be severe/profound in nature and may be included in the same classroom. Selected strategies and techniques for instruction and training will be discussed.
- Defining mental retardation.
- Mental retardation as a symptom within another syndrome.
- Medical etiology of syndromes which can include mental retardation.
- Multiple handicaps.
- Instruction of children and youth with severe/profound disability.
- Goal setting.
- Use of technology in the classroom.
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
Lecture - field trips
Goals and Objectives of the Course
- To develop students' abilities to recognize the medical model of mental retardation.
- To develop students' skills in identifying characteristics which interfere with learning.
- To develop students' abilities to recognize behaviors which are not adaptive or are maladaptive and understand the difference.
- To develop students' skills in using adaptive techniques in the instruction of children and youth with severe/profound disabilities.
Two exams, each counting 50% of the final grade.
Other Course Information
Review and Approval
4/14/94 Modified John E. Sycamore
4/01/98 Reviewed/recommended for revision Rachel Janney
8/7/01 Course number changed
3/16/05 Course title changed.