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Welcome to SEDP 501: Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities. This course focuses on characteristics and identification of individuals with Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavior Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Delay, the less severe Autism Spectrum Disorders, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments throughout the lifespan, as well as providing information on effects educational, psychosocial, and behavioral interventions that serve as adaptations to the general curriculum.  The possibilities of co-morbid or multiple conditions, coupled with cross categorical instructional settings warrant a class that examines all eligibility categories of students served under the special education, general curriculum.

The School of Education and the Department of Special Education and Disability Policy has a program theme of “Teacher as Critically Reflective Practitioner,” and this theme will be incorporated throughout this course.  It is important that special educators learn the tools they need to educate students from diverse backgrounds with disabilities, and make decisions about which of these tools will yield the best educational results.  Special educators need to be able to assess student needs (academic and social), classroom dynamics, and the needs of team members (including parents) to make recommendations for individualized curriculum (based on the general education curriculum), develop individualized adaptations and accommodations, and supports and services for students.

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