For Immediate Release
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April 11, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
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Children With Special Needs Addressed in Courses

Several classes addressing children with special needs are being offeredduring the SummerSession at Indiana University Northwestsoff-campus site in Schererville.

Introduction to Mental Retardation will give an overview of thelearning characteristics of students with mental handicaps. Offered inthe Summer Session I, the class will examine definitions, classifications,diagnostic, and treatment procedures from medical, psychological, sociologicaland educational points of view. Legal and equity issues related to specialeducation children in public schools will also be reviewed, along withdiagnostic and educational programming decisions that include an emphasison instructional issues related to teaching students with mental handicapsin inclusive settings.

Also during the Summer I Session, an Introduction to ExceptionalChildren class will be offered at the site. The class will give anoverview of the characteristics and identifications of exceptional children.The course will also present the issues involved in serving exceptionalchildren as they participate in educational, recreational and social aspectsof their lives.

Introduction to Learning Disabilities is scheduled during theSummer II session at the Schererville site. The class is a surveycourse of historical developments and the current status of definitions,classifications, assessment and treatment procedures for learning disabledstudents. It will also include discussion of Article 7 requirements foridentification of learning disabilities in Indiana public schools.

All three classes are 3 credit hours and are open to all individualsinterested in special needs children, especially teachers and family memberswho work or live with the population. IUNorthwest Summer I Sessions begin May 15 and run through June 30 withadvance registration from April 10 May 4. Summer II Sessions run fromJuly 3 through August 18 with advance registration from May 15 June 22. 

Indiana University Northwests off-campussite in Schererville is located at 1316 Eagle Ridge Drive, south of theShowPlace 16 Theatre and next door to the License Bureau. For more informationon the special needs classes, telephone Dr. Geoffrey Schultz at 219-980-6668.More information on other Summer Session classes offered in Scherervilleis at 219-864-1296.

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