EDAS 142A - Special Needs

This is an introductory course that focuses on children with exceptionalities and their educational needs. Attention is given to the current philosophies and attitudes in the field of special education. Students will be introduced to a variety of special conditions, including autism spectrum disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, that affect children's growth and development and will explore strategies for accessibility, inclusion, and enablement. Students will also develop strategies for working with children who have these conditions.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks:  15


HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Services
HDEC 101 Human Development 1
EDAS 141A Education Assistant Foundation
EDAS 145 Social Foundation of Special Education

OR permission of instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites: 





Course Content:
- Children with exceptionalities that affect behaviour
- Functional behaviour assessment and positive behaviour support
- Children with specific disabilities
- Inclusive and supportive environments
- Students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Students with autism spectrum disorder
- Students with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
- Behaviour as communication
- Functional behaviour assessment
- Assessment tools
- Setting events
- Antecedents
- Consequences
- Functions of behaviour
- Replacement behaviours
- Intervention strategies
- Positive behaviour support
- Students with learning disabilities
- Students with intellectual disabilities
- Students who are gifted
- Students with sensory impairments
- Students with physical disabilities
- Students at risk
- Creating a safe environment
- Multidisciplinary teams

- Community resources


Learning Outcomes:
Overarching Learning Outcome:
The intention of this course is to prepare students to work with children of differing abilities and exceptionalities within an inclusive school environment. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
- Use his/her understanding of exceptionalities to support the development of all children
- Identify and apply strategies to maximize the inclusion and participation of children with exceptionalities
- Utilize a functional analysis approach to understand the meaning, function and communication of challenging behaviour
Specific Learning Outcomes:
A student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Apply understanding of effects of exceptionalities on learning
- Participate in ongoing assessment of student growth and needs
- Assist students to meet learning needs
- Assist in the preparation and organization of appropriate learning environments
- Assist students to be included
- Advocate for student inclusion
- Assist in the development of inclusive environments
- Contribute to the development of a student’s social and emotional well-being
- Support students to develop positive and healthy relationships at school
- Assess, plan, implement and revise a positive behaviour intervention/support plan
- Promote positive change through the use of a variety of positive support strategies
- Collaborate with team members to support and achieve goals

- Think critically
- Think creatively
- Observe
- Record objectively
- Document
- Communicate clearly – orally and in writing
- Listen actively
- Analyze situations
- Use assessment tools
- Synthesize information
- Identify & remove barriers to inclusion
- Encourage and model inclusive practices
- Provide unobtrusive, respectful support
- Use appropriate motivation strategies
- Work on a team
- Access community resources


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  80


Percentage of Group Work:   20


Text Books:

Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.