Special Education 363

EDSP 363
Language Development and Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood

1. Catalog Entry

EDSP 363
Language Development and Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood

Credit hours (3)
Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA and an IDEC major

This course provides participants with an understanding and knowledge of communication development and disorders in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with and without disabilities.

2. Detailed Description of Course

This course may cover the following topics: normal language development and acquisition during the first five years of life; phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics; means of promoting communication in young children; augmentative and alternative communication systems; the impact of communication on behavior; and communication disorders in early childhood. Assessment and intervention from the perspective of the developmental service provider and early childhood teacher will be discussed. Family influence and activities, which can influence communication development, will also be addressed.

Course content may include:
    1) Normal language development, birth to five
    2) Language disorders common in children under the age of five
    3) Impact of language development on other areas of development
    4) Interventions to enhance language development in the home, childcare, and school settings
    5) Augmentative and alternative communication systems

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Instructional strategies may include lecture format with class discussion, audio/visual presentations, student presentations, cooperative/group learning, demonstrations, and case studies. Students will be required to collect a language sample and interpret it. They will also find an article from a scholarly journal which describes an intervention strategy or activity to enhance communication skills. The students will explain how to apply the strategy or activity from their selected article to the child from their own language sample. Students will also interpret a report on communication skills completed by a speech pathologist.

4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

Goals, objectives, and assignments in the class address NCATE Standards 1b: Pedagogical content knowledge and skill for teacher candidates and 1g: Professional dispositions for all candidates.

Objectives below also include the following standards:
    1) Council for Exceptional Children (CEC/DEC)
        a. Common Core Standards
            i. Standard 1: Foundations (CC/EC1)
            ii. Standard 2: Development and Characteristics of Learners  (CC/EC2)
            iii. Standard 3: Individual Learning Differences  (CC/EC3)
            iv. Standard 4: Instructional Strategies  (CC/EC4)
            v. Standard 5: Learning Environments and Social Interactions (CC/EC5)
            vi. Standard 6: Language  (CC/EC6)
            vii. Standard 7: Instructional Planning (CC/EC7)
            viii. Standard 8:  Assessment (CC/EC8)
            ix. Standard 9: Professional and Ethical Practice (CC/EC9)
            x. Standard 10: Collaboration
    2) National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards
            i. Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
            ii. Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
            iii. Standard 3: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to  Support Young Children and Families
            iv. Standard 4: Teaching and Learning
    3) Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Licensure standards    
        a. Early/Primary Education PreK-3  
            i. Competency 1:  Methods
            ii. Competency 2: Knowledge and Skills
        b. Professional Studies requirements
            i. Competency 1: Human Growth and Development
            ii.Competency 2: Curriculum and instructional procedures
    4) Special Education: Early Childhood (birth through age 5)
            i. Competency 1: Nature and Characteristics of Major Disabling Conditions
            ii. Competency 3: Assessment
            iii. Competency 4: Instruction
            iv. Competency 3: Speech and Language Development and Intervention
            v. Competency 9: Normal Child Development
            vi. Competency 10: Family-centered

IDEC competencies identified in the course objectives were developed to organize standards from six national and state specialty professional areas for which a crosswalk is provided.

Upon successful completion of EDSP 363, students may . . .
    1) Describe normal language development in early childhood (IDEC 1.1).
    2) Define the components of language and their influence on communication development (IDEC 1.1).
    3) Identify the interrelationship between communication and behavior (IDEC 4.4).
    4) Complete a language sample and interpret its significance as it relates to a child’s language development and usage (IDEC 3.2).
    5) Interpret a language assessment completed by a speech pathologist (IDEC 2.1).
    6) Develop an intervention plan for a child with limited communication skills (IDEC 4.7).
    7) Select an appropriate alternative or augmentative communication system for a child (IDEC 4.3 and 4.8).
    8) Discuss the role of family on a child’s communication development and how the family can positively influence that development
        (IDEC 2.4 and 3.1).    
    9) Identify appropriate communication strategies to promote communication development (IDEC 4.8).

5. Assessment Measures

Students may be assessed with multiple measures which may include but are not limited to the following:
    1) Complete exams on readings and course content
    2) Key CAEP  Performance Assessment: Conduct and interpret a language sample
    3) Interpret a language assessment completed by a speech/language therapist
    4) Present instructional strategies described in an article
    5) Learn how to program an assistive communication device and demonstrate to class or professor

6. Other Course Information

Successful completion of this course is a requirement for the IDEC program of study.

Review and Approval

April 23, 2014