ECD950 - Cognitive Development,Trauma & Loss:Child's Health

Outline info
Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:27:45.079
Last review date 2017-07-17 00:15:13.078

Subject Title
Cognitive Development,Trauma & Loss:Child's Health

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Topic Outline

  • What is Trauma?
  • Types of Trauma
  • Brain Development: How the Brain Works; Impacts of Trauma on the Brain
  • Cognitive Development: Theories on Child Development; How is Development Impeded by Trauma
  • How Does the Body Remember?
  • What Does the Body Remember?
  • Attachment and Issues Surrounding Attachment
  • Children & Grief
  • Grief and Loss for Children in Foster Care, Adoption, & Residential Settings
  • Grief and Loss Related to Divorce
  • Grief and Loss Pertaining to School and Medical Settings

Prescribed Texts

  • Perry, Bruce & Szalavitz, Maia (2007) The Boy who was raised as a dog and other stories. Basic Books. ISBN: 9780465056538
  • Pomeroy, E. & Garcia RB (2010) Children & Loss: A practical handbook for professionals. Oxford Press. ISBN: 9780190616274
  • Rothschild, B. (2000) The body remembers: The psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment. Norton & Company. ISBN: 9780393703276

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Modes of Evaluation

Reflections 20%
Articles posted to group discussions 40%
 Article Review 20%
 Needs Assessment 20%

Approved by: Sandra Noble