This edition: Closing: Developmental Psychopathologies
Now that students have a good understanding of typical child development, they can better understand developmental psychopathology. This lesson introduces Timmy, Jonathan, and Amelia—three children born with special needs. Timmy, a 5-year-old, is autistic. The lesson explains the advantage offered by several therapies used to help Timmy’s development. Jonathan is 10 years old. He has experienced seizures since birth and underwent radical brain surgery to stop them. The surgery has had an impact on his physical and cognitive development. Amelia is 14. Although she was born blind, she is a typical teen attending mainstream classes in high school and is very involved in extracurricular activities. This final lesson revisits several of the major developmental themes that have guided this telecourse’s exploration of the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial changes from conception through adolescence. Students learn that all children can benefit from research on child and adolescent development, even those whose developmental journey departs from the typical path.