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ARC 006: Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs and Assessment

Course Description

This course is an overview of infants and toddlers with special needs in the context of all infants and toddlers. The major themes of the course are an understanding of Connecticut’s Birth to Three System and assessment of infants and toddlers

Prerequisite

  • Acceptance into the program.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Be aware of disabilities, delays and special needs in infants and toddlers in the context of typical development.
  2. Apply principals of cultural competence to understanding of early intervention and assessment of infants and toddlers.
  3. Be familiar with the laws and regulations regarding infants and toddlers with disabilities.
  4. Be able to apply the principles of family centered practice in assessment and individual family service planning.
  5. Understand the roles of professionals and early intervention systems in assuring parent rights and access to procedural safeguards.
  6. Be able to identify the natural environments and activity settings that would be appropriate for the delivery of early intervention services for a child and family.
  7. Understand the uses of assistive technology in early intervention services.
  8. Identify the functions and responsibilities of a service coordinator early intervention teams in early intervention.
  9. Be familiar with the Individual Family Service Planning requirements in Connecticut.
  10. Be familiar with the components of the Connecticut Birth to Three System.
  11. Understand the principals and purposes of developmental screening.
  12. Understand the evaluation and assessment requirements in the IDEA.
  13. Be able to use the Routine Based Interview and other interviewing strategies to assess a family’s needs, priorities and resources.
  14. Be knowledgeable about assessment practices.
  15. Be able to conduct a functional assessment.
  16. Understand the use of the BDI an eligibility assessment tool.
  17. Be able to use assessment information to develop IFSP outcomes.
  18. Be knowledgeable about early intervention and assessment in the context of family centered practice.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions (15)

35%

Reflection Paper

3%

Disability is Natural paper outline

2%

Home visit observation paper

15%

Saturday Administrator Question

2%

Saturday Administrator Answer

2%

Saturday Parent Question

2%

Saturday Parent Answer

2%

Family Assessment Interview Paper

15%

Saturday Assessor Question

2%

Saturday Assessor Answer

2%

Disability is Natural Paper

20%

Total

100%


Required Texts

  • Young Children with Disabilities in Natural Environments: Methods and Procedures. Noonan, M.J., McCormick, L. Paul H. Brookes, Baltimore, 2006

  • Early Childhood Assessment Why, What and How. Snow, C, Van Hemel, S. Eds The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. 2008 (available online)

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,2

Topic: Introduction to Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs and Infant Toddler Assessment

  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflection Paper

2

3

Topic: Laws and Regulations Affecting Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit "What were those steps again?" worksheet
32,4

Topic: Families in Birth to Three

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

4

6

Topic: Early Intervention Practice

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

5

6,9

Topic: Making the System Work

  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Topic and outline for "Disability is Natural" Paper
  • Submit Home Visit Observation paper
610

Topic: Birth to Three Wrap Up

  • Explore assigned website
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Questions for guests (2 worksheets) on Friday
  • Submit Answers (2 worksheets) on Sunday
711,12

Topic: Introduction to Infant and Toddler Screening and Assessment - Theory

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
8

13

Topic: Family Assessment

  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit “Family Interview” paper
9

6,14

Topic: Infant and Toddler Child Assessment Part 1

  • Textbook - Young Children
    • Chapter 5
  • Textbook - National Academies Press
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
1015,16

Topic: Infant and Toddler Assessment Part II Using the BDI

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
116,17

Topic: From Assessment to IFSP Goals

  • View the videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit  Assessor Question on Friday
  • Submit Assessor Answer on Sunday
  • Submit “Disability is Natural” paper
1218Course Wrap Up
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit any rewrites or uncompleted assignments (by Wednesday)

Current as of: October 27, 2017

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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