Supporting Social and Communication Development in Infants and Young Children with Special Needs

ECED 440 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • Three short individual assignments
  • Case study with 3 components (completed individually or within a group)
  • Weekly discussions/responses


Intervention and program planning for communication/language development, social/emotional development and behavioural support.


This online course is intended to provide students with information related to social and communication development for program planning purposes within diverse settings. This is a required course for students enrolled in the Infant Development/Supported Child Care Diploma/Certificate Program. It is intended for ID consultants who work with children aged 0-3 in home, childcare or preschool settings; and SCC consultants who work with children in childcare and school settings.

This course is also appropriate for teachers, teacher aides, pediatric nurses, rehabilitative therapists, social workers or group home specialists who have a particular interest in infants, preschool and school age children with language, communication or behavior challenges. Prospective students are expected to have completed a minimum of two years of college and/or university courses.

Students in the IDSC Diploma/Certificate Program must have completed EPSE 348 (Family-Centered Practice), EPSE 406 (Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Young Children) and ECED 439 (Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Special Needs) prior to enrolling in this course and have completed a survey or introductory course on infant and childcare development. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of typical and atypical development of infants and young children. It is strongly suggested that students who are not in the Infant Development/Supported Child Development Diploma/Certificate Program complete EPSE 406 or a similar course such as EPSE 317, EPSE 403 or ECED 438 before registering for this course.


  • To understand the critical role of the family when implementing culturally sensitive support for children and their families in the intervention process;
  • To understand and use a common set of principles to assist in the individualized intervention plans to meet infants’ and young children’s social and communication needs;
  • To become familiar with a range of strategies to promote the development of social and communication skills within and across environments; and
  • To enhance environments to promote active engagement, learning and membership for infants and young children.


1 Overview of Social and Communication Development in Early Intervention
2 General Language Intervention Strategies
3 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
4 Language Interventions for Specific Populations
5 Speech Interventions
6 Autism Spectrum Disorders
7 Multiple Disabilities, Including Visual Impairments
8 Prevention of Behaviour Problems for Children at Risk
9 Positive Behaviour Support


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604-822-2665, or toll-free in North America: 1 800-661-3889 or
Order online:

  • Pepper, Jan and Weitzman, Elaine based on the Third Edition by Ayala Hanen Manolson. It Takes Two to Talk: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays. Toronto, ON: The Hanen Centre, 2004. ISBN: 9780921145195


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


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Telephone: 604-822-2013, or toll-free in North America: 1-888-492-1122

Latest Revision on: March 22, 2017