The Exceptional Child
Course Number: ECE 200Credits: 3
Instructor: Char O=Gara-MoeClass Hours: Monday 4:00-6:45
Phone: (Home)753-6806 (Cell) 934-0512E-mail:
Class Description: The characteristics, training, and educational needs of disabled and gifted children. Explores the existing educational agencies, programs, and instructional methods designed for the disabled and the gifted.
_Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for early intervention based on historical, legal, philosophical, and research based influences.
_Demonstrate knowledge of state and federal laws and guidelines as they relate to services for young children with disabilities and their families.
_Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of disabilities such as mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and physical/sensory impairments.
_Demonstrate understanding of how exceptionality affects placement, assessment, and appropriate teaching strategies
Assignments and Evaluation:
1. Attendance and Participation are required at each class. If you are present and participate fully, you will receive full credit If you have an emergency that prevents you from attending class, please let me know in advance by leaving a message at either of the listed phone numbers.
Attendance and participation are worth 150 points
2. Reading Responses/Reflections: You will be asked to submit a one page summary
of assigned readings at the beginning of most class periods. Summaries should be typed and should discuss key points you have learned, ideas you have formulated, or
questions about the assigned readings. Entries will not be accepted after they are collectedat the beginning of class. Reading Responses are worth 150 points
3. Observation Reports: You will be asked to spend two 60 minute sessions observing a child with special needs. One observation should be of a child birth to 4 years of age; the other observation should be of a child between the ages of 5 and 8. You need to select a particular child with special needs to observe and complete the provided observation form. The observations should be submitted February 25 and April 7.
Observations are worth 25 points each for a total of 50 points.
4. Group Research Project: You may choose to work in groups of not less than 2 and not more than 4 students. Each group will present their project on May 5. You will first select a disability to research. Your project will be oral. This project should include: a description of the disability, potential causal factors, preventative measures, equipment,
medications which can reduce the disabling effects, modifications or accommodations, potential family issues which may result, etc.. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. You are encouraged to use a variety of resources (interviews, internet, professional journals, books, magazine articles) as well as a creative approach to your presentation (props, video, power point, photos, handouts). The presentation should be educational as well as appealing to your classmates. Progress from factual information to application in the classroom. Each person in the group will receive the same grade; each person should be involved in the presentation. The group researchproject is worth 50 points.
5. Mid-Term Exam: This exam will tentatively happen as part of our March 17th class.
It will consist of short answer questions. The test will be worth 100 points.
6. Final Exam: The structure of the final exam will be announced prior to testing.
The test will be worth 100 points.
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION 150 POINTS
READING RESPONSES/REFLECTIONS 150 POINTS
OBSERVATION REPORTS 50 POINTS
GROUP RESEARCH PROJECT 50 POINTS
MID-TERM EXAM 100 POINTS
FINAL EXAM 100 POINTS
600 POINTS TOTAL
540-600 POINTS= A
480-539 POINTS= B
420-479 POINTS = C
360-419 POINTS= D
THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
ECE 200, SPRING 2008
CALENDAR OF ASSIGNMENTS
1-21 Martin Luther King Holiday
Session 1: 1-28-Introductions
-Social skills program for class
-Reading reflection due on Chapter 1 next week
Session 2: 2-04-INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION
-Divide into groups for research project
-Reading reflection due on Chapter 2 OR 3 next week
Session 3: 2-11-RISK FACTORS AND EARLY INTERVENTION
-FAMILIES AND CULTURE
-Reading reflection due on Chapter 4 in 2 weeks
2-18: President=s Day
Session 4: 2-25-CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
-Birth to 4 observation due
Session 5: 3-3-CONTINUE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
-Reading reflection due on Chapter 5 next week
Session 6: 3-10-CHILDREN WITH MENTAL RETARDATION
-Discuss/Review for Midterm
-Reading reflection due on Chapter 6 OR Chapter 7 after Spring Break
Session 7: 3-17-MIDTERM
3-24ENJOY SPRING BREAK!
Session 8: 3-31 -Char at a conference. Perfect time to work on group project and observations if necessary. NO CLASS
Session 09: 4-7-CHILDREN WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES
-CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOR DISORDERS
-Begin Autism Discussion
-Reading reflection due on Chapter 8 next week
- Observation of 5-8 year old due next week
Session 10: 4-14-CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND RELATED DISORDERS
-Observation of 5-8 year old due
-Reading reflection due on Chapter 9 next week
Session 11: 4-21-CHILDREN WITH COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
-Reading reflection due on Chapter 13 next week.
Session 12: 4-28-CHILDREN WHO ARE GIFTED AND TALENTED
Session 13: 5-5-GROUP RESEARCH PROJECTS DUE
-Review for Final
Session 14: 5-12-FINAL EXAM