Below you will find a listing, and course description of all of the Early Childhood Education Classes in the category of Special Needs. Not all courses are offered each semester. See the official schedule for courses that are open for registration. Most of the courses are also available as customized/contract training classes for your organization. Contact the Early Childhood program for more information.
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Special Needs Classes:
Accessing Grants and Resources for Special Needs Children, ECH224, hours; 6
Learn to obtain funding and resources for special needs children. Explore how to get what you need for education, medical necessities, therapies, care, activities, and family development. This course provides information to guide you in accessing free or low-cost resources. Topics include locating sources of funding, understanding and documenting eligibility requirements, getting the right paperwork together, and strategies for getting and staying organized.
Family Child Care Pre-Service Module Four, ECH167 , hours: 4
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of inclusive care for children with special needs in the family child care environment. Topics include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its application in a childcare setting. This applies to inclusive care, health, behavioral and developmental issues, and available resources.
Including All Children and the ADA, ECH271, hours: 3
Designed for professionals in the education or child care career field, this course provided information, strategies, and resources for developing and implementing an early childhood education environment that is inclusive to all children and families. Topics include the requirements of American with Disabilities Act (ADA); inclusionary practices based on national standards and best practices; and local, state, and national resources.
Learning How to Create Social Stories for Children with Special Needs, ECH225, hours; 9
A social story is a tool that is created to prepare a child with a developmental disability for changes within their usual routines. These situations could include going to a doctor or dentist, moving into a new home, or unfamiliar people visiting their home. Social stories can help their understanding of specific situations and in occurrences that might be difficult or confusing. Social stories provide the child with accurate information about specific situations and possible reactions that might be expected of the child. Social stories are a way to teach a child through pictures and prior exposure how to cope with a variety of situations.
Special Needs, Special People, ECH119, hours: 6
The focus of this class is to provide an overview of typical and atypical child development stages and ways that caregivers can learn to identify them. Learn the importance of early childhood intervention and steps to refer children for further assessments. Basic special education models will be described and a framework for understanding how to meet families and children’s needs. Students will learn tools and techniques that can benefit all children to close developmental gaps and to reach their learning potential. This class will focus on the critical roles caregivers and families take on as they work cooperatively to meet children’s needs. Strategies will be introduced which promote family involvement and commitment as take an active role in advocating for, and promoting their child’s development.
Supporting Children with Disabilitites, ECH274, hours: 3
This course is designed for professionals in the education or child care career field and introduces the child care professional to strategies that enable all children with disabilities, delays, or special needs to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. Topics include programs, terms, and resources that support children with special needs; and understanding of the child care professional's role in supporting IEP/IFSP's; and how to select materials and adapt both instruction and the environment to motivate learning.
TheraPlay; Productive Activities for children with Special Needs, ECH231, hours; 12
This course teaches the importance of play and its essential role in a child’s development. Learn how productive play stimulates brain growth, promoting cognitive, physical, and social development. This course includes floor-time, physical therapy, speech play, and messy play.
What is the Out-of-Sync Child? ECH229, hours; 12
What does Sensory integration mean? Every human being relies upon the use of their senses to interpret information, plan, and implement behavior. When children have a problem called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) their reactions to processing sensory stimuli are specific to the type of SPD that they experience. This course provides an introduction to the variety of SPDs, and the ways in which this processing difference affects children’s learning, behavior, and everyday lives. The course includes practical applications for teachers and parents to assist children in overcoming the challenges of sensory problems through understanding and introducing early intervention strategies.