ECE105N : Children with Special Needs & Their Families

This course will examine the child with a special need, birth through age eight, within the family context and in an inclusive early childhood setting. The characteristics of typical and atypical development and the most common exceptionalities will be covered. Emphasis will be on identification, observation, screening, assessment, family-centered early supports and services, natural and inclusive environments, individualized plans, the IEP and IFSP, community resources, current issues and trends. The role and impact of family and cultural, linguistic diversity on the child with a special need will be emphasized. This course requires six hours of fieldwork.