The brain behavior relationships that underlie both challenging behaviors and mental disorders are intimately connected to physical health and well-being. Medical illness can have a profound effect on brain functioning. Being aware of these conditions can improve the quality of life for many individuals with IDD.
By the end of this course, students will:
- Understand that medical and neurological disorders can mimic any primary mental disorder.
- Demonstrate knowledge about the connection between physiological or neurological disorders and behavioral problems or psychiatric symptoms.
- Demonstrate knowledge of common causes of cognitive/behavioral changes or the intensification of emergence of symptoms similar to those see in primary mental disorders.
Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.
Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge
Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria