EDUO 9410: The Strengths of Intellectually Disabled

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Course Overview

Welcome to EDUO 9410 The Strengths of the Intellectually Disabled. This class was created by Dominican University of California in conjunction with Educational Development and Services as part of a six course series entitled Strength-Based Teaching and Learning.Just as we celebrate diversity in nature and cultures, so too do we need to honor the diversity of students who learn, think, and behave differently. This series is designed to help teachers and schools embrace the strengths of such neurodiverse students in order to help them thrive in school and beyond. The content learned in the class, The Strengths of the Intellectually Disabled, will afford you the knowledge necessary to emphasize the strengths of the Intellectually Disabled students in your classroom while continuing to provide support and encouragement in the needed areas. By meeting the requirements of this class, participating teachers will earn one semester unit of graduate level extension credit from Dominican University of California, a fully accredited university.

The other five courses in the series are:

  • EDUO 9406 Neurodiversity in the classroom
  • EDUO 9407 The Talents of the Learning Disabled
  • EDUO 9408 The Joys of ADHD
  • EDUO 9409 The Gifts of Autism
  • EDUO 9411 The Bright side of Emotional and Behavior Disorders

Although Neurodiversity in the classroom is NOT a prerequisite for the other five courses, it does provide a foundation for them. All six classes in the Strength-Based Teaching and Learning series require one book entitled Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life by Thomas Armstrong. This book is available for purchase at

Course Objectives:

After completing the course titled Neurodiversity in the Classroom, you will demonstrate or indicate:

  • Knowledge about Intellectual Disabilities
  • Knowledge of the concepts neurodiversiry and positive niche construction
  • Awareness of your current approach to teaching Intellectually Disabled students in your classroom
  • How to create strength-based curriculum that helps your Intellectually Disabled students become more
    successful at school and life

Course Relation to CCS or other Professional Standards

This course aligns to the following professional teaching standards:

  • Engaging and Supporting all Students in Learning
  • Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning
  • Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning
  • Planning Instruction and Designing learning Experiences for all Students

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Ryan Pickett

B.A., M.S. in Counseling Clinical School Psychology

K-12 School Psychologist 20+ years.

Collegiate Professional Development Coordinator, Developer, and Instructor 16+.

"I take pride in helping educators enhance student learning while bringing passion into their classrooms."

Ryan loves spending time with family and friends, especially outdoors. His favorite activities include snowboarding, golf, and hiking.