Prerequisites: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Corequisites: RECTH 3330.
This class is designed as a combined lecture and lab experience. Students will gain an understanding of the historical perspective regarding individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including the effect of legislative policies or the lack thereof. Class discussion will include diagnostic definitions and classifications, behavioral, emotional, and psychological considerations in treatment and programming, and the influence of society, family, and multicultural factors. A primary focus will be the role of recreational therapy in providing evidence-based services along the continuum of care and community programming for these populations. Lab experiences may include volunteering at an agency that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and experiential activities to enhance learning.