EDPY 351: Introduction to Exceptional Children Report a Broken Link

Educational Psychology 351 introduces educators and other caregivers to issues related to educating children with exceptionalities, to the broad span of exceptionalities that children may have, and to the field of special education as it functions in Canada. More specifically, the course addresses the following groups of children and their special needs: children at risk; children with communication disorders; children with intellectual differences; children with learning disabilities; children who are gifted, creative, and talented; children with sensory impairments; and children with behavioral problems. Additional topics discussed in the course include children with special health needs; areas of low-incidence disabilities; and interventions with infants, preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults.

Supplementary Readings


Discusses the support needed to help students with severe disabilities transition smoothly from elementary school to middle school. Presents a range of strategies for supporting students and their families through the ups and downs of these changes.
Offers guidelines for empowering students with severe disabilities to develop communication skills in the classroom.
Discusses brain injuries and six cognitive problem areas that students may experience after a brain injury.
Reports on practices used by specialists working with young children with significant disabilities that contribute to their successful inclusion.
Presents findings of the perceptions and experiences of parents, children with visual impairments (VI), and health and other professionals working in the preschool setting.
Provides insights as to the directions gifted education might take.
Guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in primary care. Provides information, a rationale for early diagnosis, and a diagnostic process.
Discusses the disproportionately small minority representation in programs for the academically gifted.
Describes how positive behaviour supports (PBS) and family-school collaboration can help to improve the behaviours of students with behavioral difficulties.
Examines the degree of ethnic diversity among children with hearing loss and reviews how this affects the implementation of interventions.
Presents critical issues and directions for research and practice concerning children with multiple and severe disabilities.
Examines a case study of 12 children and their parents to research family social networks and the community of caregivers of neglected children.
Examines the causes of developmental dyscalculia and suggests appropriate educational interventions.
Discusses the incidence of acquired and inherited sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in children.
Examines interventions using team-based assessments for behavioral difficulties.
Discusses efforts of national organizations in the United States to develop recreation programs for youth at risk. Includes survey findings on agencies that offer programs for youth at risk.
Reviews the complex relationships among learning disabilities, language disorders, and the psychiatric disorders commonly associated with learning disabilities and language disorder ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, and conduct or antisocial personality disorder.
Discusses research on language learning and the effects of language learning impairments.
Critical analysis of the principle of the least restrictive environment (LRE), particularly as it applies to individuals with severe disabilities.
An in-depth case study of a family’s journey through diagnosis and treatment for retinoblastoma (RB), a rare form of childhood eye cancer affecting the retina.
Examines dyslexia, providing information on its neurobiology, cognitive features, and history.
Discusses career development activities that can be conducted at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to help students with mental retardation make meaningful career choices.
Describes a relationship-intensive intervention strategy used with students with emotional and behavioral problems.