SPED-760 : Communication and Technologies in Special Education

Academic Level:
Graduate
Department:
Special Education
Subject:
Special Education
Prerequisites:
None
Corequisites:
None
Credits:
3
This course focuses on language development from birth to adult in individuals with disabilities, the range of communication needs often displayed and alternative technologies to support those needs. An area of particular emphasis is the teachers role in supporting language and communication development in the classroom and contributing member of the transdisciplinary team. Collaborative models and communication strategies for developing effective working relationships with team members will be examined. In addition, students will study the role of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technologies; their selection, function, and application for promoting independence for learning and living. Opportunities for hands-on exploration of a variety of devices, both low and high tech including switches, augmentative communication devices, alternative keyboards, specialized computer software, adaptive equipment and other items available in Carlow's Assistive Technology Library will be utilized. 3 credits