BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECE-232 - Guidance for Exceptional Children - 3.00 Credits

AECE-232 - Guidance for Exceptional Children - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Students will explore the skills required for specialized care and guidance of exceptional children, infant through the kindergarten years. This course will stress the importance of identification and assessing exceptionalities and the resources required to provide the maximum benefit for the child.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : AECE Certificate or equivalent.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50%, Mid Term Exam 20%, Final Exam 30%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
    1. discuss the rights of children with respect to attitudes, values, and beliefs about inclusive care;
    2. identify children with special needs including children at risk and gifted children;
    3. construct a positive and developmental enhancing environment by:
  • developing an emotionally safe and nurturing environment;

  • developing an authentic and trusting relationship with children, families, and other service providers;

  • outlining growth in children’s self-esteem;

  • 4. develop positive guidance techniques through direct guidance instruction;
    5. develop positive classroom-management techniques through indirect guidance activities;
    6. develop guidance techniques to manage behaviors in inclusive settings;
    7. outline assessment techniques, cultures, screening, importance, identification, and referral;
    8. develop intervention and instructional strategies that will promote cognition, motor skills, communication, social competence, play skills, and adaptive behavior;
    9. discuss techniques to plan intervention programs;
    10. demonstrate monitoring of development and communicating progress to the parents;
    11. construct a professional portfolio consisting of characteristics of the community, cultural aspects of the community, community services, resources and supports, other child care resources, structure and needs of the families in the community, significant changes in the community and developmental plans for the community; and
    12. construct a professional accountability and ethics compilation that includes information about the concepts from the Code of Ethics and decision-making, legal and contractual obligations, professional boundaries and personal values and philosophy.
    Text and Materials:
  • Kaiser, B., Rasminsky, J. S. (current edition). Meeting the challenge: Effective strategies for challenging behaviors in early childhood. Environment Ottawa, ON: Canadian Child Care Federation.

  • McLean, M. E., Bailey. D. B., Wolery, M. (current edition). Assessing infants and preschoolers with special needs. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

  • Zirpoli, T. J. (current edition). Understanding and affecting the behavior of young children. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved Jan 2008.