EPSE 406: Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Children

This course is offered by the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)

Course Outline (Online 3.0 credits)


Six Assignments

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


A review of typical development, and primary focus on issues of atypical development in infants and young children, including fetal alcohol syndrome, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and vision or hearing impairments. (UBC Calendar)

This online course examines the typical and atypical developmental processes of young children from birth to six years. The course provides a framework for understanding the impact of disabling conditions on the developmental process.

EPSE 406 is intended for Infant Development and Aboriginal Infant Development consultants who work with children with special needs and their families from birth to Kindergarten entry in home, childcare or pre-school settings and for Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development consultants who work with children with special needs in childcare and school settings. It would be appropriate for early education/pre-school teachers, pediatric nurses and therapists with a special interest in young children. It is expected that students will have completed a survey or introductory course on infant and child development.

EPSE 406 is a core course for the Diploma in Infant Development and Supported Child Development (IDSC), the Certificate in IDSC, and the BC ECE Basic Certificate Program. This online course is an elective for the Diploma in Early Years Education, the Certificate in Early Years Education, and the BC ECE Assistant Certificate Program.


This online course is intended to provide students with information related to the development of typical and atypical infants and children within a multicultural perspective. By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and apply theories of child development to both typical and atypical infants and toddlers; acquire a working knowledge of infant development across all developmental domains: cognitive, motor, social-emotional, communication, adaptive.
  • Identify pre-, peri-, and postnatal development and risk factors such as biological and environmental conditions that affect infant/toddler development and learning.
  • Identify specific disabilities including etiology, characteristics and classifications of common disabilities in infants and toddlers; describe specific implications for development and learning in the first years of life.


This course will be offered online on Canvas – http://canvas.ubc.ca

1 The Context of Early Development
2 Genetic and Environmental Foundations of Development
3 Prenatal Development
4 The Newborn and Medically Compromised Births
5 Sensation and Perception: Vision and Hearing Loss
6 Communication and Language
7 Physical Growth, Neuro-muscular Development and Motor Skills
8 Disorders affecting Motor Development
9 Cognition
10 Extremes in Cognitive Development
11 Emotional and Social Development
12 Disturbance in Emotional and Social Development in Children


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665, or toll-free in North America: 1.800.661.3889 or

Order online: http://shop.bookstore.ubc.ca/courselistbuilder.aspx

  • Berk, Laura E. and Meyers, Adena B. Infants and Children Prenatal through Middle Childhood Eighth Edition. Pearson Education Canada Ltd., 2015. ISBN: 9780133936728


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to https://services.library.ubc.ca/electronic-access/connect/


Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122
Email: eced.educ@ubc.ca

Latest Revision on: November 5, 2019