Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorders 

When you work closely with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, it is crucial that you accurately recognize the signs, symptoms, and real-life presentation that these disorders display. This course will provide you with a broad overview of the most commonly seen neurodevelopmental disorders in children. You will learn how to clearly identify the signs, presentation, current research, and interaction strategies for each of the following: communication disorders, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, and motor disorders. Using a blend of case studies and interactive exercises, you will gain vital skills to apply in your own setting so that you can more effectively interact with the individuals you serve. This course is designed for anyone who works closely with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. DSM DSM™ and DSM-5™ are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this course.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-UND
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders.
Describe at least three key symptoms for each neurodevelopmental disorder presented.
Summarize at least one interaction strategy that you can employ for each neurodevelopmental disorder.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Intellectual Disability A. Test Your Knowledge B. Meet John C. Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Developmental Disorder) D. How Are Intellectual Disabilities Diagnosed? E. Mild Intellectual Disability F. Moderate Intellectual Disability G. Severe and Profound Intellectual Disability H. Let’s Practice! I. Things to Remember When Working with Individuals with Intellectual Disability J. Review K. Summary Section 3: Communication Disorders A. Speech, Language, and Communication B. Language Disorder C. Speech Sound Disorder D. Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder (Stuttering) E. Let’s Practice! F. Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder G. A Note on Cultural Considerations H. Meet Quinn I. Summary Section 4: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, and Motor Disorder A. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) B. Things to Keep in Mind When Working with People with ADHD C. Specific Learning Disorder D. Tips for Working with Individuals with Specific Learning Disorder E. Motor Disorders F. Tips for Working with Individuals with Tic Disorders G. Review H. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations

Instructor: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Kathleen Dumain, PsyD, LCSW
Dr. Kathleen Dumain received her Master's degree in Social Work from USC and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has over 17 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults involved in the child welfare system. She has extensive experience in assessment, crisis intervention, neuropsychological assessment and disability services. She also has a private practice where she works primarily with children, families and couples. Disclosure: Kathleen Dumain, PsyD, LCSW 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: 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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