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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Ramapo for Children | Evaluated Learning Experience

Special Topics in Inclusion and Positive Youth Development (SPE 150)

(Formerly Special Topics in Promoting Positive Behavior)

30 hours of supervised fieldwork experience (5 weeks) and 15 hours of academic coursework (5 days).

Various approved locations in New York City and other areas.

October 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss a wide range of proactive behavior management skills for therapeutically assessing and meeting needs of children; use the lens of unmet needs and lagging skills to understand behaviors perceived as difficult; identify specific techniques for utilizing the Ramapo toolbox to meet needs and teach skills; identify ways to incorporate youth voice and choice; utilize non-verbal communication; provide movement, sensory and relaxation breaks; create individual behavior plans; manage impulsive behavior and promote healthy risk-taking; Identify and prevent triggers; and de-escalate conflict through therapeutic approaches to intervention. 


This course provides all students with a framework for understanding challenging behaviors through Ramapo for Children’s lens of unmet needs and lagging skills. Major topics include: non-verbal communication, behavior management plans, therapeutic approaches to intervention,special education law, and recent trends in approaches to children with disabilities. Students read and respond to professional texts and videos, participate in on-line discussion boards, and complete two performance tasks including one case study.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper level baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Education, Psychology, Sociology, or Therapeutic Recreation (10/16) (6/21 revalidation).