Queen's University
PSYC 857*/3.0: Atypical Development

PSYC 857*/3.0: Atypical Development

One way to better understand typical developmental processes is to examine cases of development gone awry. Although we will be studying what are considered to be clinical disorders in this class, the focus will be on how development has proceeded in an atypical manner in children with developmental disorders. Thus, we will maintain a developmental focus, and continue to refer back to typical developmental processes throughout the class. In the first section we will discuss what we mean by atypical development and how gaining a better understanding of atypical development allows us to better understand typical development and vice versa. We will then cover eight developmental disorders in greater detail: Specific Language Impairment, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Prader-Willi Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The course is being offered in the fall 2021.  Elizabeth Kelley.