Recommended practices for fostering development of young children with disabilities. Knowledge of atypical development in early childhood (birth through grade 3). Practices for assessment, intervention, adapted instruction and materials, and inclusive environments to facilitate children's attainment of educational goals.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe and compare historical approaches to educational programs and services for children with disabilities in early childhood including current legislation and federally-funded programs.
2. Describe and apply knowledge of developmental delays and disabilities (e.g. developmental domains of motor, cognition, communication, social-emotional development and mental health) in early childhood.
3. Describe, compare, and apply knowledge of both informal and formal assessments appropriate to early childhood education for the following areas: motor, cognition, communication, social-emotional development, and mental health.
4. Identify and apply knowledge of the functions of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) including child and family goals, team collaboration, and plans for service delivery.
5. Apply current research on effective developmentally appropriate educational practices to teaching young children with disabilities.
6. Select appropriate educational materials and environments to meet the educational needs of children with various disabilities.
7. Describe and apply means of collecting data on children's progress.
HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or completion of 30 credits.
All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.
If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Adapting Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Special Needs, 10th Ed. (2019)
Cook, R.E., Klein, M.D., & Chen, D.
Access to the electronic textbook materials is not required.
Dr. Jennifer Reinke is an Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Family Life Educator, and co-editor of Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science. Dr. Reinke’s scholarly interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning in family science, autism and family, and best practices in supporting families that include a person with an intellectual or developmental disability. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Reinke was a tenured faculty member and Program Director of the Human Development and Family Studies faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.