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Course Description:

In this 4-credit advanced-level course the student will examine what is meant by human developmental exceptionality, theories of developmental difference, cultural perspectives of differences and how we judge what is normal. In order to understand developmental exceptionality, the student must have a good understanding of typical development. The student will build on their knowledge of human development and how development may be affected by a specific disability/giftedness. The student will examine the various types of developmental disabilities linked with physical/health issues, emotional/behavioral, particularly as regards learning and communication issues, as well as levels of intellectual learning and related developmental disabilities. Another area of developmental difference to be examined is that of giftedness and gifted children with disabilities. Current research in the study of childhood developmental exceptionalities will be investigated. Well-identified differences will be covered in this course, including Asperger's syndrome, autism, emotional trauma; extremely slow learners, and those identified as exceptionally bright. Students hopefully will come away from this course with a stronger respect for the variety of human learning experiences, and a clearer understanding of how to interact successfully with exceptional learners. Childhood and adolescent differences will be discussed, with reference to their impact on adulthood.

Prerequisites: Human Development, Lifespan Development, Developmental Psychology, or Child Development or the equivalent.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Spring 2. Summer. Fall 1. Fall 2.

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