Counseling Psychology and Special Education

Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities

Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities
Principles, procedures, and strategies for creating positive educational environments, including functional assessment, behavior intervention plans, and development of social competence.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCPSE 403 or equivalent; CPSE 410; admission to special education program; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
 ProgramsContaining CPSE 443
Course Outcomes: 

Adaptive behavior assessment

· Demonstrate knowledge of adaptive behavior assessment.


· Describe the correct, ethical, and responsible use of Functional Behavior Assessment (FUBA) for students with severe disabilities.

Common environmental and personal barriers

· Demonstrate knowledge of common environmental and personal barriers that hinder accessibility and acceptance of individuals with severe disabilities.

Sources of student services, networks, and organizations

· Demonstrate knowledge of sources of unique services, networks, and organizations for students with severe disabilities.

Behaving and communicating among cultures

· Demonstrate knowledge of ways of behaving and communicating among cultures that can lead to misinterpretation and misunderstanding.

Cultural perspectives

· Demonstrate knowledge of cultural perspectives influencing relationships among families, schools, and communities as related to instruction.

Variations in belief, traditions, and values

· Demonstrate knowledge of variations in belief, traditions, and values across and within cultures and their effects on relationships among individuals with exceptional learning needs, family, and schooling.

Coordinate activities

· Demonstrate knowledge of how to coordinate activities of related services personnel to maximize direct instruction time for individuals with severe disabilities.

Theories of behavior problems

· Demonstrate knowledge of theories of behavior problems in individuals with severe disabilities, including self-stimulation and self-injurious behavior.

Impact of multiple disabilities on behavior

· Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of multiple disabilities on behavior.

Integration of fuctional and social training

· Demonstrate knowledge of how to integrate functional and social skills training into the curriculum.