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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

AHRC of New York City | Evaluated Learning Experience

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Developmental Disabilities - Camp-based

Minimum of 400 hours of supervised field experience (10 weeks) in a residential summer program for children with special needs; in addition, 50 hours of initial classroom orientation, lectures, and workshops, including 10 one-hour weekly sessions with course instructors to facilitate the application of strategies introduced during the lectures, and 10 one-hour weekly consultations with course instructors and/or other supervisors in the field.
Harriman Lodge, East Jewett, NY and Camp Anne, Ancramdale, NY.
May 2007 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the learning and behavioral characteristics of mental retardation; identify the learning and behavioral characteristics of autism; break a task down into smaller components through the process of task analysis; use effective instructional prompts; apply meaningful and age appropriate skill instruction through the principles of functional routines and partial participation; identify common communication deficits in students with developmental disabilities; apply skill instruction strategies for verbal and augmentative communication; write behavioral objectives; complete a functional behavioral assessment in order to determine the function of a behavior and to target functional alternative skills for instruction; develop and implement a reinforcement system; identify strategies to ensure generalization of skills.

Research has long supported a multi-disciplinary approach towards skill acquisition in individuals with developmental disabilities. A combination of strategies from the fields of education, psychology and speech/communication has proven to be highly effective in assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to reach their learning potential. This course provides students with an overview of developmental disabilities. Students gain knowledge pertaining to the common deficits which impede skill acquisition. The course provides students with an introduction to research supported intervention strategies from the fields of education, psychology and speech/communication.
Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours (3 didactic, 3 field experience) in Special Education or Therapeutic Recreation; OR 6 semester hours in Camp Counseling, Outdoor Recreation, Group Dynamics; OR 6 semester hours as an elective in Education, Physical Education, Recreation, or Educational Psychology; OR 6 semester hours as Community Service; OR 6 semester hours as a general elective (10/07) (10/12 revalidation) (1/18 revalidation). NOTE: Credit should be awarded only once for either the Camp-based or Agency-based course of the same title.