IMH201 - Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behaviour of Young Children

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Last revision date 2017-09-28 13:19:18.135
Last review date 2017-09-28 13:19:18.136

Subject Title
Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behaviour of Young Children

Subject Description
Students will analyze the multiple roles of the professional practitioner in understanding and responding to the behaviour of young children. Students will reflect on the historical, philosophical, social and scientific foundation of the field and explain the influence of current thought and practice. Students will also develop the inter-professional communication skills necessary to work in a collaborative practice involving educators, early learning and care practitioners, social workers and policy makers. Topics will include the significant role of attachment, the impact of trauma, social history and its influence on development, and strategies that equip the practitioner to learn and respond to the child?s behavior in the ?moment? and over the long term using a variety of strategies.

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

  1. Design advocacy and educational initiatives to support ethical practice, care and treatment based on the science of infant mental health, early development and jurisdictional principles.
  2. Identify services, supports and counselling services to educate parents and caregivers about infant mental health.
  3. Collaborate on an interdisciplinary team to serve the mental health needs of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers within their community.

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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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Approved by: Sandra Noble