By the end of this course, each of the students will be able to describe and discuss each of the following:
The history and importance of Special Education as an important component of the educational process.
The role of the school counseling professional in delivery of special education services within the school and community.
The phases of the special education process including preliminary identification, assessment, planning and delivery of educational services.
The concepts of disability and giftedness.
The etiology, development, expression, and effects of disabling conditions affecting cognitive, emotional/behavior, and physical development.
The assessment procedures utilized in the identification of “special needs” clients.
The consultative and educative role of the counseling professional for students, family and colleagues.
The importance of creating a school environment that is inclusive and tolerant.
The importance of addressing issues of personal belief, bias, and attitude in working with special needs clients and their families.