S413 – Communication and Language Development and Disabilities

2 Credit Hours

This course will focus on typical and atypical communication
and language development in children from birth
through age five with or at risk for disabilities. Topics will
include early language development, origins and characteristics
of atypical language development, and the relationship
between communication/language delays and early
learning and development across domains. Specific language
disabilities and atypical language development related to disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome will also be
discussed. Students will explore methods of identifying and
addressing communication and language delays through
total communication including assistive technology and
alternative communication systems. The role of families and
importance of family-professional partnerships in enhancing
language development will be emphasized.

Programs that require this course: