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PSYC 397 Developmental Disabilities: Issues, Concepts and Problem Solving

This course gives an overview of issues and concepts of developmental disabilities. We will explore the cognitive and behavioral science evidence that helps us to better understand developmental disabilities, as well as the psychological, and cultural contexts that are experienced by individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Through readings, lectures, discussions, activities and assignments, we will explore evidenced-based practices and psychological theory and research. Topics of developmental disability across the life span will include, but not limited to: etiology, diagnoses, risk factors, prevention, integration of individuals with specific types of developmental disabilities, family and community support.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Students will develop an understanding of developmental disabilities, including incidences and prevalence, psychological theories and research, and impact of disabilities upon the family systems.
  • Student will learn the scientific approach to working to improve the environment to better support individuals with disabilities.
  • Learn about the cognitive and behavioral science evidence that helps understand developmental disabilities; practices and research on the persons with developmental disabilities and their families, particularly as it relates to issues of social and cultural diversity.
  • Develop knowledge and skills of various treatment approaches, services and community resources for the persons with developmental disabilities.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
21 Developmental Disabilities: Issues, Concepts and Problem Solving Nitardy, Charlotte M Books Course details