EPSE 406: Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Children

July 25 – August 11 (Monday to Thursday*)  |    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Format: Online – asynchronous

*During the week of August 1, the course will run from Tuesday, August 2 to Friday, August 5 to accommodate BC Day


This course is designed to give participants an understanding of typical developmental milestones in early childhood through to adolescent development.  Children with specific syndromes, developmental disabilities are characterized by unique developmental patterns.  This course will provide insight into these unique patterns of development.  Best practices and current research will be examined to improve educational programs to support the diverse needs of students in an inclusive environment.

By the end of this course, students will

  • have a clear understanding of developmental milestones that define early childhood to adolescent development
  • describe the atypical developmental stages that define children within the autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum in addition to children with developmental disabilities, and language delays
  • explore the different diagnostic and assessment procedures that identify atypical development from a typically developing child.
  • be required to describe best practices in supporting children with unique patterns of social and emotional development, language development, cognitive development, and physical development

Susan Thomson

Susan Thomson is currently teaching both at UBCO in the Education Department and Okanagan College for the Certified Education Assistant program.  She formally retired at the end of 2019 as Director of Instruction for Inclusive Education at Okanagan Skaha School District.  Before that role, she was a Consultant and Resource Teacher in School District 23 Central Okanagan, and she started her career as a Kindergarten teacher both in New Zealand and Kelowna.   During her time as a consultant, her focus was on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Low Incidence in both Elementary and Secondary.  She has had a passion for inclusive education/special education and the development of children from both a professional and personal perspective for as long as she can remember.

Outside of her professional life, she loves to hike, bike, and ski in the Okanagan and has recently taken up Pickleball.  She loves  keeping busy, being active and enjoying this beautiful land we have the honour of living on.

How to apply

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.