Responding to Healthcare Needs Focused Learning

Responding to Healthcare Needs Focused Learning 

This course is an overview of common healthcare needs you might encounter when providing support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The focus is on recognizing signs and symptoms of these needs and responding appropriately. Moving from head to toe, you will learn commons signs of poor hygiene, constipation, bed sores, aspiration, infection, illness and other conditions. You will also learn the signs of emergency situations like stroke and heart attack. The use of case studies allows learners to test their knowledge and judgment. Early recognition of potential health problems at an early stage can prevent complex issues from developing in the people you support. Keep this in mind as your make your way through this course.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

1.25 HOURS

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-RHNFL
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Recognize symptoms of common health problems experienced by individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Respond appropriately with follow up on observed or reported health needs.
Recognize healthcare needs that require immediate attention.
Communicate effectively about the health care needs and health status of supported individuals.

Section 1. Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Assessing Health Needs A. Note B. Meet Justin C. Your Role D. Everyday Observations E. Ask, Listen, Observe F. Finding the Baseline G. Summary Section 3: The Big Picture A. The Body from Head to Toe B. Responding C. Hygiene D. Check It Out! E. Stroke F. Concussion G. Eyes H. Ears I. Nose J. Throat K. Teeth L. Mouth M. Skin N. Fever O. Pressure Ulcers P. Chest Q. Heart Attack R. Abdomen S. Feet T. Summary Section 4: Common Problems A. The Big Four B. Aspiration C. Seizures D. Dehydration E. Bowel Habits F. Summary Section 5: Case Studies A. Theo B. Bailey C. Section Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Put into Practice C. Congratulations

Instructor: Megan MacDonald, PhD
Megan MacDonald is an assistant professor at Oregon State University, in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences. She received her PhD in Kinesiology, from the University of Michigan in 2011. Her area of expertise is in adapted physical activity. Dr. MacDonald’s international and national education and experience in kinesiology and adapted physical activity have focused on the evidence-based practices of adapted physical activity for individuals with disabilities. Her long-term career goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and to become a leader in the evidence-based practice of adapted physical activity. She has been teaching within higher education since 2006 and believes that learning is a lifelong and ever-changing process. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level course in adapted physical activity and kinesiology. Dr. MacDonald’s research is focused on how physically active lifestyles impact other areas of life for individuals with disabilities. She directs the Children & Youth with Disabilities Laboratory. Currently, her research projects focus on physical fitness, physical activity and motor skills in children with disabilities. In addition to directing the Children & Youth with Disabilities Laboratory, at Oregon State University, Dr. MacDonald also co-directs three adapted physical activity programs, the Individualized Movement and Physical Activity for Children Today (IMPACT), IMPACT for Life and the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program. Disclosure: Megan MacDonald, PhD 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, Intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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