2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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FSA 340 - Supporting Students with Complex Disabilities in Schools and Families

Course participants will explore traditional and emerging roles and practices of diverse families, analyze the nature of ableism in child and family experiences and develop the interpersonal skills to be an effective team member. Students will identify the characteristics of children with complex or "severe" disabilities and utilize assistive technology, family-centered planning and effective interpersonal communication skills to increase children's and families' active participation in schools and communities. Prerequisites: FSA 212 or admission into the Inclusive Childhood Education [IEC] program or Inclusive Early Childhood Education Program [EDE]. (3 cr. hr.)
Frequency code B = offered at least once per year

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe a focal student and develop a plan using a culturally responsive and strength-based perspective that involves partnering with families from diverse backgrounds and students with complex disabilities.
  2. Articulate the characteristics and complexities of family structures as well as the mixed expectations and limitations individuals with disabilities and their families experience in multiple contexts. 
  3. Identify assistive technology or augmentative and alternative communication to provide physical, curricular and social supports to a child considered to have complex disabilities or significant support needs to increase their meaningful participation in general education. 

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