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Course Description

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Education-Special Education - SPE 105

Introduction to Developmental Disabilities

3 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the health and developmental problems of persons with cognitive impairment (CI). Emphasis is placed on gaining knowledge of the various syndromes typical in CI populations and learning to recognize medical symptoms. Attention will also be given to developing an understanding of prescribed drugs' potential uses and side effects, as well as other potential health and environmental issues for persons with cognitive impairments.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None


(A course to be taken in the same semester as this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Appraise causes of developmental problems.
  • Summarize the major categories of cognitive impairments.
  • Explore sensory impairments in relationship to cognitive disabilities.
  • Explain how sensory impairments interfere with development.
  • Summarize examples of physical disabilities which often accompany cognitive impairments.
  • Summarize examples of health disabilities which often accompany cognitive impairments.
  • Investigate the role of prescribed drugs and their impact on treating persons with cognitive impairments.
  • Defend appropriate behavior management strategies based upon understanding behavior and respect for persons with cognitive impairments.
  • Confirm the Child Protection Law and Mandated Reporting of Suspected Abuse and Neglect.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday