Psychology of the Exceptional Child


This course was designed to encourage students to consider the cognitive and emotional disorders arising in childhood and adolescence. Students reviewed topics that included intellectual and learning disabilities, and behavior disorders as well as the problems of etiology and treatment.


I taught this course for at least two years, and I was really excited teaching it because I applied my learning from my cognate in special education at the doctoral level to an undergraduate course. I gave the students too many assignments the first time I taught it. As a result, I chose those assignments the students found most effective in learning different types of abilities. Also, I used project-based activities where students learned not only the perspective of the caregiver or psychologist for a student with a disability, but also the student's perspective of having a disability. We recognized promotion of healthy perspectives on both sides of the relationship provides the best care, and the the recipient with disability gains twofold.


This is my syllabus for the course. If you need a copy, please contact me.


Here are the links to the evaluations for this class for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013