Child and Family Services

CCD 105

Introduction to Developmental Disabilities

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the health and developmental problems of persons with cognitive impairment (CI). Emphasis is placed on gaining knowledge of the various syndromes typical in CI populations and learning to recognize medical symptoms. Attention will also be given to developing an understanding of prescribed drugs and their side effects, as well as infectious diseases.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)


(A course to be taken in the same semester as this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Appraise causes of developmental problems.
  • Summarize the major categories of cognitive impairments.
  • Explore sensory impairments in relationships to cognitive disabilities.
  • Explain how sensory impairments interfere with development.
  • Summarize examples of physical disabilities which often accompany cognitive impairments.
  • Summarize examples of health disabilities which often accompany cognitive impairments.
  • Investigate the role of prescribed drugs and their impact on treating persons with cognitive impairments.
  • Defend appropriate behavior management strategies for persons with cognitive impairments.
  • Explain the Child Protection Law as related to mandated reporters.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

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