School Psychology Department
EDUCATING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
This course provides an overview of students with learning and behavior difficulties that require special education, Section 504 accommodations and/or other specialized educational supports. The course devotes significant attention to characteristics and educational needs of children and adolescents with high incidence disabilities (i.e., learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional and behavioral disorders, and speech and language impairment), and provides an introduction to children with low incidence disabilities. Historical developments, legal mandates, and research are examined for an understanding of how they have shaped current practices. Particular emphasis is placed on (1) issues and methods for establishing positive relationships with families, and (2) alternative service delivery systems (e.g., collaborative problem-solving teams, multi-tiered model) that emphasize prevention and foster collaboration between general and special education. Other topics include identification accuracy, efficacy of special education, inclusion, early intervention, preschool-to-school and school-to-work transitions, parental notification and consent, procedural safeguards, and assistive technology.