Course Description –
Students will explore the major developmental theories and how it relates to various types of disabilities. It also covers ways in which disabilities affect developmental stages and how a person with a disability responds and adapts at each stage. Much of the work will consist of weekly in-class lectures and online discussions in which students will respond to as well as to their classmates. This course will also prepare students for the LPC and CRC exams. At the end of the course, a final exam derived from these exams will be given.

Pre-requisite –

  • None

Required Course Resources –
Smart, J. (2012). Disability Across the Developmental Life Span. New York: Springer.
ISBN: 987-0-8261-0734-3

Course Learning Objectives –

  1. Students will be able to integrate the major theories of individual and family development across the life span in social, cognitive, and physical domains as well as interdisplinary perspectives.
  2. Students will gain knowledge of learning and personality development relevant to development across the life span.
  3. To develop and understand human behavior including developmental crises, disability, exceptional and addictive behavior, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors.
  4. To describe issues related to normal and delayed development at different age-related stages adn learn to create strategies for facilititating optimum development.
  5. Students will become more knowledgeable in the developmental approaches to assist during key transitions across the lifespan.

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