ERS101 - Supporting Atypical Development

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Subject Title
Supporting Atypical Development

Subject Description
This course introduces students to early learning pedagogy and play-based strategies as the cornerstones of supporting children with special needs. Through a lens of curriculum principles that guide inclusive early learning programs, students will examine and analyze developmental characteristics of children in order to recommend program adaptations and modifications that build on children's strengths. In addition, students will utilize observation skills and screening tools in order to recommend centre policies and practices that promote meaningful and maximum early learning program participation. 

Credit Status
One credit in the ECE Resource Consulting graduate certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe early learning pedagogy and play-based strategies that support children's development and diverse abilities.
2. Analyze developmental characteristics of children in order to understand their diverse abilities.
3. Recommend adaptations and modifications that enhance strengths and abilities for full program inclusion.
4. Assess, observe and select screening tools to identify children's strengths and abilities. 
5. Create and maintain partnerships with families, agency/childcare centre staff and community partners, and recommend community resources to provide family-centered and community-based supports and services for children living with special needs.
6. Identify the role of a special needs resource consultant in early learning settings.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

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