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Academics


Courses

Faculty from the IOD teach undergraduate and graduate level courses through UNH’s Colleges of Liberal Arts and Health and Human Services as well as the Thompson School of Applied Science. Additionally, IOD faculty offer courses at Plymouth State University and Rivier College. These courses provide students with current research, best practices, historical insight, and hands-on experience. The current list of courses taught by IOD faculty includes:

  • Community Leadership

    CSL 292   - Studies in Community Service and Leadership
    Instructor: Sonke Dornblut, M.Ed., Mary Hanson
    Credits: 3.0
    When Offered: Fall & Spring
    Description: Students who have the ability and adequate preparation to work independently may propose a contract to design a course or research project on a topic not available through existing course offerings. The purpose of this research is to explore new areas in the student's field of study or to pursue course material in greater depth. Work is supervised by an appropriate faculty/staff member and credit varies depending on the proposed project/research. Areas may include a specific community leadership/organizing topic. Prerequisite: CSL 201 or equivalent.
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders

    COMM 900 - Articulatory and Phonological Disorders in Children
    Instructor: Rae Sonnenmeier, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3.0
    When Offered: Fall
    Description: Phonological theories as they relate to analysis and remediation of phonological disorders. Prerequisite: COMM 524 Clinical Phonetics.

    COMM 916 - Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders 
    Instructor: Rae Sonnenmeier, Ph.D. and Amy Frechette, A.S.
    Credits: 3.0
    When Offered: Fall
    Description: This seminar provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from multiple points of view. Participants become acquainted with the perspectives of individuals and their families’ through first-hand accounts. Current practices related to the early identification, screening, diagnosis, and possible etiology of autism spectrum disorders, including an overview of medical considerations, are discussed. Evidence-based practices across the age-span are critically reviewed in the areas of behavior, communication, play, social interactions, sensory-motor, academics, and transition to adult life.

  • Education

    EDUC 750/850 - Introduction to Exceptionality
    Instructor: Mary Schuh, Ph.D.
    Credits:
    4.0
    When Offered: Spring
    Description: A life span perspective of the social, psychological, and physical characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities including intellectual, sensory, motor, health, and communication impairments. Includes implications for educational and human service delivery.

    EDUC 750/850 - Introduction to Exceptionality
    Instructor:
    Mary Schuh, Ph.D.
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Fall 2013 at UNH Manchester
    Description: This course will provide opportunities through readings, film, class and Blackboard discussion, guest presentations, and lecture to enhance understanding of the personal and educational experiences of individuals with disabilities and their families. A variety of disabilities will be explored including issues surrounding medical and family perspectives, societal and medical constructs, access to education, and labeling. Information will be presented and discussed within the framework of inclusive schools and communities, family-centered practices, and self-directed services. Download a PDF flier here.

    EDUC 754/854 - Contemporary Issues in Developmental Disabilities
    Instructor: TBD
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Fall every year
    Description: This course explores the meaning of disability from historical and contemporary perspectives. The influence of a variety of disability paradigms – including deviance, deficiency, pity, and diversity – on educational programs and policies will be discussed. The course is co-taught by a university faculty member and a person with a disability and numerous guest speakers who live with disability will share their perspectives on education and adult life.

    EDUC 755/855 - Social Relationships for Students with Significant Disabilities
    Instructor: TBD
    Credits: 2.0
    When Offered: Spring every other year
    Description: The course will focus on the classroom and individual supports needed by students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, in order to have a wide variety of satisfying social relationships. Participants in the class will (a) identify the factors that are essential to the development of shared social understanding between students with and without disabilities; (b) recognize and mitigate barriers to reciprocal relationships; and (c) work with a student, his/her family, and educational team to expand that student’s participation in inclusive social activities.

    EDUC 757/857 - Contemporary Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Instructor: TBD
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Fall every year
    Description: The goal of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of contemporary issues related to educating students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The course is grounded in a theoretical foundation that values the perspectives of individuals with ASD in academic, research, policy, and clinical endeavors. Learning outcomes focus on strategies for identifying opportunities for learning, communication, literacy, and social relationships in a variety of inclusive environments. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits. Permission required. Prerequisite: Institute on Disability Autism Summer Institute.

    EDUC 797/897 - Seminar in Contemporary Educational Problems: Using the iPad to Support Children with Disabilities
    Instructors: Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3.0
    When Offered: J-Term Online
    Description: The iPad is changing the way we teach and learn. This technology embraces Universal design principles (UDL) and enables children with significant disabilities to learn in ways never thought possible five years ago. It is a tool for delivering multimedia content and embraces the use of multi-modal learning. This technology finally levels the playing field to support all students including students with disabilities.This online course consists of 8 modules. Each module will include lecture(s), iPad hands on activities, asynchronous video chats, and assignments. Lectures will include demonstration of iPad features, apps, apps resources, adaptations and applied learning activities. Required: Use of an iPad 2 or newer version and internet access.

    EDUC 900B - Internship and Seminar/Early Childhood Education
    Instructor: TBD
    Credits: 3.0
    When Offered: Spring
    Description: A two semester, supervised internship with a weekly seminar. Admission by application.

    EDUC 944 - Inclusive Curriculum for Young Chidren
    Instructor: TBD
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Spring
    Description: Classroom applications of constructivist theory. Curriculum planning and implementation; overview of research and theory related to teaching and learning of specific content areas, with emphasis on integrated approach to early childhood curriculum. Stresses the reciprocal nature of student-teacher relationship. Prerequisite: permission.

    EDUC 952 - Assessment, Curriculum, Instruction, and Supports for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Instructor: TBD
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Fall every other year
    Description: This class will present a model for planning instruction and supports that promote students’ full participation and learning of the general education curriculum within an inclusive general education classroom (preschool – high school). Students will learn how to design, implement, and evaluate supports in the categories of adapted materials, assistive technology, sensory, environmental, and emotional.

    EDUC 954 - Leadership & Systems Change in Special Education
    Instructor: TBD
    Credits:
    2.0
    When Offered: Spring every other year
    Description: Leadership and advocacy are vital skills for teachers of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This course provides the knowledge and skills for educators to begin to initiate change processes within schools to benefit students with and without disabilities. Several models of systems change and sustainability of innovations will be presented and participants will develop a plan for facilitating change in their schools.

  • Health & Human Services

    HHS 444 - The Right to be Disabled in the Extreme Makeover Society
    Instructor: Institute on Disability Faculty
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Fall
    Description: Explores how society's view of disability, its "construction," is influenced by a variety of cultural variables and the implications of that construction on institutions such as medicine and health care, education, the arts, the legal system, architecture and engineering, etc.

    HHS 798/898 - Special Topics in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) Seminar
    Instructor: Betsy Humphreys   
    Credits: 3.0
    When Offered: Fall & Spring
    Description: Explores areas related to specific professional health interests. May repeat but not duplicate subject areas. A) Communication Disorders, B) Health Management and Policy, C) Medical Laboratory Science, D) Nursing, E) Occupational Therapy, F) Kinesiology, G) Recreation Management and Policy, J) Family Studies, K) Social Work, L) Health Promotion, M-Z) Interdisciplinary. Prerequisite: permission. Special fee on some topics.

  • Kinesiology

    KIN 798/898 - Person-Centered Planning
    Instructor: TBD
    Credits: 4.0/3.0
    When Offered: Summer
    Description: 
    An intensive five-day course designed to help develop the competencies needed to facilitate consumer and family-directed life planning. This course incorporates lecture, role-playing, action learning, and peer support to provide an interactive forum for participants to develop and practice effective group facilitation skills. The curriculum addresses theories of group development, offering experiential methods for process design, questioning and recording skills, and strategic planning.

  • Occupational Therapy

    OT 444 - Living and Doing Through Technology
    Instructor: Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
    Credits:
    When Offered:
    Description: Course consists of: a) exploring the impact that technology has on human lives; when technology becomes assistive technology, and when assistive technology becomes universally designed technology for all, b) exploring technology, using hands-on exploration of hundreds of assistive technology solutions, c) analyzing case studies of individuals whose lives have been affected by this technology, and d) developing creative problem-solving skills for everyday life challenges. Special fee.

    OT 722/822 - Introduction to Assistive Technology
    Instructor: Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Fall
    Description: Hands-on course provides participants with an overview of the application of assistive technology in all life settings for individuals affected by physical, sensory, or cognitive limitations. Methods, materials, and resources for obtaining and providing assistive technology services will also be discussed. Special fee.

    OT 724/824 - Assistive Technology and Physical Disability
    Instructor: Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Spring
    Description: An advanced course that focuses on the specialized assistive technology needs of persons with physical impairments. Topics include seating and positioning needs, prosthetic devices, manual powered mobility devices, ergonomics and computer access. Special fee.

    OT 726/826 - Assistive Technology and Communication, Sensory, and Cognitive Impairments
    Instructor: Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Summer
    Description: Explores the application of various technologies for individuals with visual, auditory, cognitive and communication impairments. Included are: blind and low vision aides, assistive listening devices, alternative and augmentative communication devices, memory aides, and prompting aides. Special fee.

    OT 893 - Special Topics: Using the iPad to Support Children with Disabilities
    Instructors: Therese Willkomm, Ph.D.
    Credits: 3.0
    When Offered: J-Term Online
    Description: The iPad is changing the way we teach and learn. This technology embraces Universal design principles (UDL) and enables children with significant disabilities to learn in ways never thought possible five years ago. It is a tool for delivering multimedia content and embraces the use of multi-modal learning. This technology finally levels the playing field to support all students including students with disabilities.This online course consists of 8 modules. Each module will include lecture(s), iPad hands on activities, asynchronous video chats, and assignments. Lectures will include demonstration of iPad features, apps, apps resources, adaptations and applied learning activities. Required: Use of an iPad 2 or newer version and internet access.

  • Social Work

    SW 697 - Special Topics: Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges: Issues, Practices, and Culture
    Instructor:
    JoAnne Malloy, Ph.D.
    Credits: 4.0
    When Offered: Spring
    Description:
    This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the nature of the disorder, based upon socio-cultural and ecological theories, as well as exposure to evidence-informed practices and approaches that represent System of Care values and principles. Students will also have the opportunity to delve into a particular issue or practice of interest to them.