Psychology 720.01: Developmental Disabilities I

  • 2 lecture hours, conference, 3 credits
  • Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and a course in Developmental Psychology

This course is an overview of the field of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. The content includes readings, lecture, and discussion on the history of the field, the concepts of intelligence and adaptive behavior, classification systems, litigation on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, etiology, service-delivery systems, the special case of autism, a review of early intervention programs and research, language programming, and a review of attention, memory and cognition. Readings will include behavioral assessment and intervention strategies for people with developmental disabilities.