spe584 | Graduate

Learning Disabilities And Language And Development Disorders

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This course examines the characteristics of students with learning disabilities and language and development disorders. Emphasis is placed on classroom management, instructional strategies, assessment, and augmentative and alternative technologies. Attention is given to the referral process and available program or service delivery options.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Characteristics of Specific Learning Disabilities and Normal Language Development

    • Define linguistic issues relevant to students with learning disabilities.
    • Categorize communication problems in children with learning disabilities.
    • Identify cognitive and language characteristics of students with learning disabilities.
    • Compare and contrast personality and social characteristics of students with learning disabilities.
    • Discriminate between reading difficulties and cognitive abilities and math skills of students with learning disabilities.

    Children With Language Disorders

    • Compare and contrast students with normal language development and children with language disorders.
    • Recommend strategies to improve a child’s speech, articulation, and phonology.
    • Explain and categorize definitions and etiologies of students with acquired language disorders.
    • Compare and contrast types and degrees of hearing loss and other auditory impairments.

    Overview of Mild Exceptionalities (or Specific Learning Disabilities) and Language and Human Communication

    • Identify and discuss the five basic components of language.
    • Summarize the acquisition of language.
    • Identify several different medically related issues in the field of learning disabilities.
    • Discuss the development of the discrepancy formula and responses to it among professional groups.
    • Identify and describe the four characteristics common to most definitions of learning disabilities.
    • Analyze the phases in the history of the field of learning disabilities.
    • Differentiate between communication, language, and speech.

    Current Issues in Specific Learning Disabilities and Language Disorders

    • Analyze the impact of various initiatives (reauthorization of ESEA and IDEAIA, Common Core Standards) on teachers working with students with learning disabilities and language disorders.
    • Analyze the impact of technology advancements and students with learning disabilities and language disorders
    • Identify key research on families of children with learning disabilities.
    • Discuss the growing concern for self-determination and self-advocacy of students with learning disabilities.

    Technology and Student Supports

    • Define the principles and stakeholders for conducting an AAC assessment.
    • Identify and analyze the ethical issues of BYOD (bring your own device) and the impact on the legal constructs of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
    • Identify potential ethical issues when integrating technology for students with learning disabilities and language disorders.
    • Examine the role of technology in the education of students with learning disabilities.

    Instructional Approaches, Assessments, and Educational and Language Interventions

    • Create a list of appropriate adaptations for students to be used during instruction and assessments.
    • Illustrate a pathway to determine language intervention.
    • Compare and contrast the various educational placements for students with learning disabilities and language disorders and possible ethical implications.
    • Analyze specialized instructional strategies for students with learning disabilities and language disorders.
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