ISN 201  Learners with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3)                            

Characteristics and implications for educational programming for students with emotional and behavioral disorders are examined, i.e. externalizing behaviors such as oppositional defiant disorder and internalizing disorders such as depression.  Content covers the definitions, psychological and behavioral characteristics, prevalence and etiology, identification process, and educational considerations for children and adolescents so identified.                                     

ISN 202  Behavior Modification Strategies (3)                                                               

Behavior modification assumes that observable and measurable behaviors are maintained, changed, and shaped by the consequences for those behaviors.  This course presents methods for defining, observing, and measuring behaviors, as well as the design of research-based effective interventions for a variety of problem behaviors associated with students who evidence learning and behavioral problems in school settings and with their families.

ISN 203  School, Families, Society and Environments of learners with disabilities (3) I

This course is designed to help the students understand the relationships that exist in the educational triad of home, school and community.  Strategies for increasing communication and collaboration between parents and schools will be addressed and the skills needed to be an advocate for young children will be explored.  Topics include: current family demographics; the abused child; the parent community; rights and responsibilities, resources and leadership training.  Actual work with parents and the community will be required.

ISN 204     Assessment of Social and Emotional Behaviours    (3)                     

This course exposes students to various methods for assessing social – emotional functioning, reasons for assessing social – emotional functioning, understanding the components of a functional behavioural assessment and be familiar with some commonly used scales for assessing social – emotional functioning.

ISN 205  Psycho educational Assessment (includes practicum experience) (3) Measurement concepts and norm-referenced assessment in multiple areas (intelligence, adaptive behavior, etc.) are explored, along with the application of a comprehensive evaluation process used to identify students in need of special education due to a disability.  Specific content is: the assessment process; legal and ethical considerations; measurement concepts; the comprehensive case study evaluation; and the administration, scoring, and interpretation of norm-referenced (NR)  children and/or adolescents as part of the practicum experience with this course.

ISN   206 Learners with Special Gifts and Talents (3)                                               

Course contents include definition of giftedness and talent, prevalence, history of the field of gifted and talented education, etiology of giftedness and talent, psychological and behavioural characteristics of gifted and talented learners, educational considerations and services for young , adolescents and adults who are gifted and talented.

ISN 207   Learners with Physical disabilities and other health impairments

This course examines the definition and classification of physical disabilities, health impairments and related low incidence disabilities. Prevalence, etiology, psychological and behavioural characteristics of individuals with physical disabilities, health disorders, educational considerations, services for young children with physical disabilities, health disabilities and related low incidence disabilities will be discussed.