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PSY355 - Morin

Dr. Morin: Psychology of Exceptional Children

PSY355 - Psychology of Exceptional Children - Morin

Welcome to the course guide for PSY355: Psychology of Exceptional Children with Dr. Morin. This guide was designed to help you find books to complete your Exceptionality Paper. In this library session, you will learn how to find appropriate biographies in our library collection and how to borrow books from other libraries using Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).

Your Assignment

Exceptionality Paper* (Total of 100 points):
Students will choose a non-fiction book related to any exceptionality to read and summarize. The book can either be written by the person with the challenge or a member of his or her family. The book must focus on a child or adolescent's experience. (Exceptionalities of adults are not acceptable.) Books on multiple personality disorders will not be accepted.
*Students must have the book approved by the professor.
In this paper, students must describe the following:
  1. The major significant events in the book as well as the symptoms and the exceptionality the person has been given as a diagnosis (Please do not summarize the book chapter by chapter.)
  2. Analyze the given label with typical characteristics of the disorder and identify possible etiological origins of exceptionality.
  3. Capture the main events of the chosen book and connect the symptoms of the child or adolescent to the disorders covered in the class.

Paper Requirements:

  • Minimum of 6 pages (does not include the cover page or reference page)
  • Cover page
  • Double spaced
  • Word-processed (typed)
  • Size 12 font
  • Normal margins (1 inch)
  • Times New Roman font
  • References/works cited page (must be in APA FORMAT)


Quotes must be cited by page number; long quotes over 40 words should be block indented. A reference is mandatory. You must cite the book and any resources you used such as the textbook or websites in APA format.


Dr. Morin will gladly read drafts and provide feedback and make suggestions. Students who would like feedback on rough drafts of the paper must submit it in hard copy to the professor. Dr. Morin is willing to read one hard draft, but additional revisions should be directed to the Learning Assistance Center.

Note: The following conventions give some writers difficulty; therefore, if you find these types of errors in your writing, seek help from the Learning Assistance Center staff. Additional points will be deducted for these types of errors.

  • Use of first or third person: You
  • Use of subject pronoun agreement: the child said that they like toys
  • Use of subject and verb agreement: the integration are relevant
  • Use of a variety of sentence structures: I think that exercise is important because everyone needs to exercise

You must use PERSON FIRST LANGUAGE! Students who do not use person first language will lose points on their paper.


Students are required to submit their paper electronically to the folder in the Assignments Tab on D2L and provide a hard copy of the paper to the professor by the due date. The Exceptionality paper is due at the scheduled time class begins and before the professor closes the door of the classroom. LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!


**Students who do not submit their papers electronically by the deadline (the beginning of class) will lose 20 points automatically.

Students who do not submit BOTH an electronic copy AND a hard copy of the paper to the professor on the due date WILL RECEIVE A ZERO ON THIS ASSIGNMENT.

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