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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ECE 211 - Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Overview of the exceptional learner (birth to age 8). Includes educational implications and service delivery, public policy, identification and assessment, specific areas of exceptionality, service plans and delivery approaches, and support systems for families.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 117  
Information: This course replaced ECE 111. Either ECE 111 or ECE 211 will meet the graduation requirement. All ECE courses require college-level reading and writing.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the historic and current public policies that affect exceptional children. (National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e)
  2. Explain typical developmental milestones and how they guide the understanding of atypical and exceptional development. (NAEYC 1a, 1b)
  3. Describe the processes of identification, referral and assessment. (NAEYC 3a, 3b, 3d)
  4. Explain specific areas of exceptional functioning in young children. (NAEYC 1a, 1b)
  5. Describe and define a variety of service plans, and delivery and intervention approaches. (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3b, 3d, 4c)
  6. Identify support systems for families. (NAEYC 2a, 2b, 2c, 3c)

  1. Historical Perspectives and Public Policy Related to Exceptional Children
    1. Interpretation of exceptionality
    2. Response and responsibility
    3. Delivery approaches
    4. Program models  
    5. Legislation
    6. Litigation
    7. Professional organizations
  2. Typical and Atypical Development
    1. Developmental milestones
    2. Atypical development
    3. Exceptional development
    4. Risk factors
  3. Assessment
    1. Initial identification
    2. Referral processes
    3. Assessment options
    4. Ethics and confidentiality
  4. Curriculum development based on assessment results
    1. IV. Specific Areas of Exceptional Functioning
    2. Speech and language
    3. Learning disabilities
    4. Sensory and communication disorders
    5. Social/emotional problems
  5. Physical and health-related issues
    1. Giftedness
    2. Other disabilities
    3. V. Service Plans and Intervention
    4. Family services plan (IFSP)
    5. Individual education plan (IEP)
    6. 504 plan
    7. Early intervention
  6. Support Systems for Families
    1. Unique needs of families
    2. Social supports
    3. Emotional supports
    4. Financial needs and resources
    5. Participation and rights in planning
    6. Respite services