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HDCD 6310 Parent Education (3 semester hours) Skills needed by professionals to assess parents´ strengths, resources and needs as well as to assist parents in understanding and promoting their children´s development and adjustment. Includes effective communication techniques, basic counseling skills, and strategies to enhance parental effectiveness within the family and community. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6312 Atypical Development (3 semester hours) Disorders of development from conception to age five, emphasizing etiology, diagnosis and treatment. Impact of delays in the acquisition and integration of various developmental skills as they relate to specific disorders of personality and socialization, sensory and motor skills, and language and cognition. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6315 Assessment Theory (3 semester hours) Latest developments in the field of assessment with young children, including behavioral observation, contextual multi-faceted assessment, and inclusion of the family.
Training in traditional psychometrics and assessment tools/techniques. Pre- or co requisite: HDCD 6319. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6316 Developmental Assessment (3 semester hours) Play-based and family assessment protocols.
Consider diagnostic classification through differential diagnosis decision-making. Emphasis on clinical judgment, interpretation and integration of diagnostic information. Prerequisites: HDCD 6319, 5315. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6319 (HCS 6357, PSYC 6357) The Developing Child: Infants and Toddlers (3 semester hours) Relevant developmental theories and processes as well as skills acquired in motor, sensory-perceptual, cognitive, and social domains from the prenatal period through two years of age. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6320 (HCS 6359, PSYC 6320) The Developing Child: Toddler and Preschool Years (Two to Five Years) (3 semester hours) Relevant developmental theories and processes as well as skills acquired in motor, sensory-perceptual, cognitive, and social domains from 2 to 5 years.  (3-0) Y
HDCD 6325 Service Coordination of Community Resources (3 semester hours) Policies and procedures pertinent to service coordination of community resources in early intervention and family-centered practices that help families become more independent. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6330 Families and Culture (3 semester hours) Child growth and development in the context of diverse families and cultures.
Respect for cultural variations in family values and practices. Emphasizes the impact of the students' own culture, attitudes, and beliefs in working with families from diverse backgrounds.
HDCD 6335 Intervention Paradigms (3 semester hours) Historical, theoretical, political, and research bases for principles of approaches to early intervention with at-risk and handicapped infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and their families. Emphasis on evidence-based practice and methods of program evaluation. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6355 Advanced Seminar: Family Outreach and Assessment (3 semester hours) This practicum is designed to provide students, as part of a 2-3 person team, supervised experiences with children from diverse backgrounds, at selected off-campus sites. Emphasis is on assessment, professional report writing, the referral process, and working together in 2-3 student teams. Pass/Fail only. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6360 Behavior Management (3 semester hours)
Observational methodology in behavioral assessment and a review of principles and procedures of behavior change from social learning and applied behavior analysis perspectives. Particular attention will be given to the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions with children and families. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6365 (COMD 7336) Social Communication in Early Childhood Disorders (3 semester hours) Development of infant and toddler social, communication and language skills including major milestones of typical development in the areas of cognitive, social and language development; Assessment, and treatment of social communication disorders in the prelinguistic and emerging language stages. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6370 Intervention with Young Children (3 semester hours) Emphasis on methods and procedures for facilitating development of high-risk, delayed or handicapped young children through relationship-based intervention. Reviews the contributions and perspectives of various early intervention disciplines. Students design and implement individualized intervention programs. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6385 (HCS 7376, PSYC 6335) Child Psychopathology (3 semester hours) Major classes of childhood psychopathology manifested during infancy through adolescence.
Normal personality development as a basis for identifying psychopathology. Issues of etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and social policy. (3-0) R
HDCD 6390 Infant Mental Health (3 semester hours) Theoretical foundations of infant mental health.
 The attachment-separation process in healthy development. The impact of illness, disability, maltreatment, deprivation, trauma, foster-care, and adoption on infant mental health. Overview of intervention programs that address relationship disruptions or disorders. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6395 Medical and Biobehavioral Factors in Early Childhood Disorders (3 semester hours) The normal functioning of organ systems and the most common malformations, dysfunctions, and diseases affecting early developmental disorders. Effects of these disorders on the child and family are studied. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6V81 Special Topics in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders (1-9 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. ([1-9]-0) R
HDCD 7V20 Practicum/Internship in Disorders of Young Children (3 or 6 semester hours)(P/F grading) Supervised participation in on-site, early intervention and private therapy settings.  Includes professional activities such as assessment, intervention, service coordination and interdisciplinary teaming. Weekly seminars address reflective practice as a tool for professional growth, ethical decision making in real situations, and professional use of self. Taken for 3 hours credit coincident with practicum placement and for 6 hours credit coincident with internship placement. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (3-0 or 6-0) S
HDCD 7V80 Independent Research (1-6 semester hours) Individualized program of study which includes research and/or other designated activities.
([1-6]-0) S
HDCD 7V98 Independent Study (1-6 semester hours) Individualized program of study which may include reading, research, and/or other designated activities.
May be repeated for credit. ([1-6]-0) S

Last Updated: September 28, 2011