Overview of Children with Disabilities

Overview of Children with Disabilities 

Some young children may show delays in a range of developmental skills that include movement (motor), hearing and speaking (communication), social and emotional development, and the development of thinking and problem solving skills (Cognitive). These difficulties may result in developmental delays or disabilities, which can affect learning, communication, and functioning in the community. These difficulties can range from mild to severe. Some developmental disabilities may extend into adulthood. The onset of some developmental disabilities can be diagnosed at birth such as Down syndrome. Some disorders, however, may only become apparent as young children miss important developmental milestones. Gaining insight into typical development of motor and social-emotional skills as well as communication skills in young children is important. This is a first step to understanding what to expect in the typical sequence of development. Keep in mind that there can be a wide range of differences when it comes to children reaching developmental milestones. Young children diagnosed with a developmental disability may progress toward these milestones in ways different from their typical peers. Through this course, you will learn to identify atypical development in young children. Learn how to recognize common developmental disabilities that require comprehensive medical and developmental assessments in order to accurately identify them. In addition, you will learn to identify and describe common disabilities that may result from environmental factors. Given this knowledge you will be better equipped to meet the individual needs of the young children with whom you work.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System


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Kentucky Division of Child Care


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-OVCDIS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify common developmental delays in young children.
Describe individual characteristics of specific developmental disabilities.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Developmental Milestones A. Meet Jake B. Developmental Milestones C. A Diagnosis D. Review E. Section Summary Section 3: Common Developmental Disabilities A. Developmental Disabilities B. Characteristics C. Autism Spectrum Disorder D. Review E. Intellectual Disabilities F. Down Syndrome G. Fragile X Syndrome H. Cerebral Palsy I. Seizures and Epilepsy J. Shaken Baby Syndrome K. Trauma Brain Injury (TBI) L. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome M. Review Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor

Expert Reviewer: Linda Snead-Sanders MA, CCC-SLP
Linda Snead is a licensed speech-language pathologist with national certification. She has worked extensively in both Head Start and Early Head Start instructing teacher on how to use effective communication strategies with young children. She spoke at both state and national conferences topics related to young children. Disclosure: Linda Snead-Sanders MA, CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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