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SPE/574

Characteristics of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Online

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$1620

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Course level: EDU Graduate

This course examines the characteristics and instruction of learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including traumatic brain injury (TBI). Emphasis is placed on learner characteristics, instructional strategies, assessment measures, and technology integration. Supports, accommodations, and curricular modifications will be analyzed among various service delivery options. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia. Wisconsin, Wyoming, and individuals who reside outside the United States

Prerequisites

This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning, Valuing Diversity

  • Explore the historical and current perspectives regarding intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Examine the exceptionalities, and their definitions, considered to be intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Investigate key research on the etiology and prevalence of intellectual and developmental disabilities and TBI.

Week 2

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning

  • Examine the regulations and guidelines for assessment and diagnosis of learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities and TBI.
  • Investigate the formal and informal assessments used when assessing learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Determine assessment conditions and techniques that ensure maximum performance of learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Compare the best environments and service delivery options for learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Week 3

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning, Valuing Diversity, Collaborating With Educational Communities

  • Examine the cognitive and language characteristics of learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Examine the social, emotional, and personality characteristics of learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Investigate possible health care needs and medical considerations related to intellectual and developmental disabilities and TBI. 

Week 4

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning, Valuing Diversity

  • Examine universal and specialized teaching strategies.
  • Describe teaching methods, strategies, and techniques that promote social interaction and classroom inclusion for learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
  • Investigate the use of functional curriculum and curricular modifications for learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Week 5

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Advocating for Learning, Integrating Technology, Collaborating With Educational Communities

  • Examine accommodations and modifications for learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Differentiate the criteria for individualized adaptations.
  • Assess technologies, including assistive technologies, that support instruction and assessment for learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities and TBI.

Week 6

Conceptual Framework Themes Addressed This Week: Valuing Diversity, Collaborating With Educational Communities

  • Examine support systems and programs for children with disabilities and their families.
  • Determine professional support systems and resources relevant to teaching children with disabilities.
  • Investigate resources from various sources for learners with disabilities and their families.

Why UOPX

Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

Next Steps

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