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 three components (completed individually or within a group)
  • Weekly discussions/responses

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


This online course is intended to provide students with information related to social and communication development for program planning purposes within diverse settings.  It is intended for infant development consultants who work with children aged 0-3 in home, childcare, or preschool settings; and supported child care 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 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 a Diploma or Certificate program at UBC complete EPSE 406 or a similar course such as EPSE 317, EPSE 403 or ECED 438 before registering in this course.

ECED 440 is a required course for the Diploma in Education – Infant Development and Supported Child Development (IDSC).  It is an approved elective for the Certificate in IDSC.

Students registered in the Diploma or Certificate IDSC program at UBC must have completed EPSE 348, EPSE 406 and ECED 439 prior to enrolling in this course and have completed a survey or introductory course on infant and childcare development.


  • 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.


This course is offered online on Canvas –

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:

  • Weitzman, Elaine.  It Takes Two to Talk: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays  5th Edition. Toronto, ON: The Hanen Centre, 2017. ISBN: 9780921145523


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: October 25, 2018