Academic Courses 2017- 2018
IDDS 604 LEND Seminar I: During this semester long seminar, there is a focus on interdisciplinary teamwork practices and leadership skill development. A historical perspective of developmental disabilities and an introduction to disability culture and policy are included. The family-centered approach is built in throughout the Seminar. It is preferred that Seminar I be completed before Seminar II. (4 credit hours) Fall Semester, Wednesdays, 4:30 pm until 8 pm.
IDDS 605 LEND Seminar II: This Seminar focuses on the evidence based practices used in the field used with children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delay/Intellectual Disabilities, Sensory Disabilities, Motor Disabilities, and Congenital Disorders are included. Emphasis is on values of life course/transition, as well as a family centered approach. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in data workshops held within the Seminar that examines a data set and its relationship to children and families with disabilities discussed. (4 credit hours) Spring Semester, Wednesdays, 4:30 pm until 8 pm.
Leadership Project: Individualized leadership activities are developed by each trainee to provide experience in planned community and systems level policy activities. This capstone experience provides opportunities to develop leadership skills and to begin to implement strategies developed in the leadership seminar series. **
Clinical and Community Practica: The practicum provides an interdisciplinary team-based experience to give trainees an opportunity to function both as team members and leaders in addressing the needs of children with disabilities or other special health care needs within the framework of family-centered, comprehensive and coordinated care. Other clinical sites available for observation are at VCU/MCV Campus, Children’s Hospital, infant programs, schools and community-based child development clinics. **
Family Mentorship Experience and Policy Practica: In the family mentorship experience the student maintains regular contact throughout the year with a family who has a child with special needs. Through home visits, shared activities and telephone contacts, the family will mentor the student about the realities of rearing a child with a disability. Trainees are also required to investigate current and proposed public policy initiatives as they apply to children and youth with disabilities and their families. This is done through attendance at the annual Disability Policy Forum in Washington, DC. or through state and national opportunities to learn more about policy in action.
***The Practica and Leadership Project fall under IDDS 672 for a total of 4 credit hours.