National University




SPD646 PBS, Comm & Social Skills M/S

Course Description

This course prepares candidates to meet the communication, behavior, and social skill needs of students with moderate/severe disabilities. Candidates conduct behavioral assessments and plan behavior interventions for the behavioral needs of these students. They learn strategies to meet the communicative needs of their students, including using AAC devices. Methods for improving social skills of these students in all settings are presented. Collaboration, assistive technology, and functional communication training are emphasized.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate and apply the knowledge and skills needed to create safe and healthy learning environments that facilitate the positive behavior, communication and social skills of students with moderate/severe disabilities.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to assess student behavior, determine the function of problem behavior, provide secondary and tertiary prevention strategies using positive behavior support (PBS), as well as develop a functional communication training (FCT) system.
  • Integrate and apply the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with parents (including those from ELL backgrounds) and other stakeholders to assess the communication needs of their students.
  • Become familiar with the various AAC systems and their use, including PECS.
  • Integrate and apply the knowledge and skills to implement various social skill interventions to develop the social skills of their students and facilitate social relationships.