When you work with children who have special needs, it can bring a host of challenges and opportunities. This course provides a brief overview of the causes and types of developmental disabilities and mental health disorders in children. It also discusses how to best support a child with a developmental disability or mental health disorder in the home setting through topics such as self-care, communication, mobility, and independence.
Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO2135289
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness in Children
Mental Health Disorders
Section 3: Ways to Support Children with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness
Role of a Direct Care Worker
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Communication in Special Circumstances
Mobility and Independence
Parent and Family Support
Section 4: Conclusion
Stephanie has over 15 years of clinical and teaching experience. Her areas of expertise are in neonatal intensive care, general pediatrics, home health, and children with medical complexities. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Chamberlain University in 2013. Her professional practice is guided by Jean Watson's philosophy that, "Caring is the essence of nursing."Disclosure: Stephanie Whitfield, RN, CPN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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