HHS-215: Child Life Specialist Assistant

Health and Human Services
Education & Human Services
Social Work
Academic Level
Course Subject
Health and Human Services
Course Number
Course Title
Child Life Specialist Assistant
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
HHS-110, AH-100, PSY-152 and EDU-295 all with a grade of C or higher.
Catalog Course Description

Provides Child Life Specialist Assistant majors with an introduction to the Child Life field as well as the Health and Human Services. Students will be introduced to the history of positive behavior support systems, the implementation of these programs, as well as how to work effectively with families and children. In addition, students will concurrently take HHS-290.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Overview and History of Positive Behavior Support
  2. Positive Behavior Support and Early Intervention
  3. Positive Behavior Support and Autism
  4. Integrating Positive Behavior Support, Mental Health Services, and Family-Driven Care
  5. Families in Urban Communities
  6. Positive Behavior Supports in Nonclassroom Settings
  7. Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Support
  8. Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support Plans
  9. Elementary Age Positive Behavior Support Plans
  10. Positive Behavior Supports and Services in Michigan
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe the history of positive behavior support.
  2. Discuss the importance of positive behavior support and the need for early intervention services.
  3. Analyze different case studies of children with autism and the positive behavior support services needed.
  4. Explain the importance of integrating positive behavior support, mental health services and family-driven care.
  5. Analyze issues urban families face daily as well as the available supports.
  6. Identify different positive behavior supports available for non-classroom settings.
  7. Identify positive behavior support intervention and when support is needed.
  8. Compare and contrast different age appropriate positive behavior support plans.
  9. Identify positive behavior support agencies and services available in Michigan.
  10. Apply the concepts students are learning in the course during their co-op experience.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment will include but not be limited to: 1. Multiple choice or essay exams. 2. Create a response to intervention positive behavior support plan for a child. 3. Create an early childhood positive behavior support plan. 4. Create an elementary age child positive behavior support plan. 5. Case study analysis


Will be determined by the program faculty. Suggested text: Sailor, Wayne. Handbook of Positive Behavior Supports, 9th Edition.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date