Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)

Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) 

In the United States, an estimated 1,000 - 3,000 children are shaken each year. Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) can cause permanent brain damage or can be fatal. Signs of shaken baby syndrome are hard to detect, and may go unnoticed by caregivers and unrecognized by providers. The information provided in this course will help you to understand shaken baby syndrome and provide you with information to educate parents and caregivers on the dangers of shaking young children. This course will allow you to examine the causes of shaken baby syndrome, recognize signs and symptoms of babies and toddlers that have been shaken, and recommend alternative strategies to parents and caregivers. Throughout the course, interactive quizzes and detailed case vignettes will allow you to apply the material that you are reviewing, and at the end of the course, a post-test will allow you to evaluate areas of strength. This course is designed for health care professionals who work with children and families in long-term care facilities, outpatient/ambulatory settings, non-profits, and public health agencies.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 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.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-AHT
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Examine causes of shaken baby syndrome.
Recognize signs and symptoms of shaken baby syndrome.
Determine ways in which you can help parents and caregivers prevent shaken baby syndrome.

I. Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributor B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives II. Section 2: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) A. Mrs. Petrov’s Frustration B. What is Shaken Baby Syndrome? C. How Does SBS Occur? D. Why Does SBS Occur? E. How Common is SBS? F. A Conversation with Mrs. Petrov G. Section Summary III. Section 3: Effects of SBS on Infants and Toddlers A. The Infant/Toddler Brain B. What Can Happen to a Child That Has Been Shaken? C. Signs and Symptoms of SBS D. Diagnosing SBS E. What Signs of SBS Did Mrs. Petrov’s Grandson Show? F. Section Summary IV. Section 4: Working with Children and Families Affected by SBS A. Teaching about Prevention B. The Five S’s C. Family Support D. Prevention Works E. What’s Next for Mrs. Petrov and Her Family? F. Section Summary V. Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. References

Instructor: Michelle Angulo Crafton, LMSW
Ms. Crafton has more than ten years of experience working with children and adolescents with mental illness. Ms. Crafton is currently the Director of Adolescent Services for the Mental Health Association of New York City. Disclosure: Michelle Angulo Crafton, LMSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Sherry Bryan, MSN, CPNP-PC
Sherry has been a Pediatric Nurse for 26 years and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 18 years. She has worked in tertiary care hospitals, pediatric home health, college health, and pediatric outpatient clinical settings during these years. She is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She has worked with all ages of children during her career. Disclosure: Sherry Bryan, MSN, CPNP-PC 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 and intermediate level General Staff; entry 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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