Healthcare Needs for People with IDD: Common Health Problems and Interventions

Healthcare Needs for People with IDD: Common Health Problems and Interventions 

As a person who supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), it is important to be aware of health problems that are common for this population. It is also critical to be aware of different interventions and treatments for these health problems. This course discusses the signs and symptoms of common health problems for people with IDD, including dehydration, urinary tract infections, pressure injuries, allergic reactions, and asthma. This course will also discuss the appropriate response to these health problems. This course is the fifth in a five-part series on health needs for people with IDD.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

0.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-HNPI5
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe how dehydration affects people with IDD, and responses to preventing and treating dehydration.
Apply prevention and response techniques for urinary tract infections.
Recognize the risks of developing pressure injuries and how to treat them.
Identify allergic reactions and asthma symptoms, and how to respond to each.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Dehydration A. Dehydration B. Causes of Dehydration C. Preventing Dehydration D. Review E. Summary Section 3: Urinary Tract Infections A. Urinary Tract Infections B. Causes of UTIs C. Preventing and Treating UTIs D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Pressure Injuries A. Pressure Injuries B. Risk of Pressure Injuries C. Preventing and Treating Pressure Injuries D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Allergies and Asthma A. Allergies and Allergic Reactions B. Preventing Allergies C. Asthma D. Treating Asthma E. Review F. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributors D. Resources E. References F. Exam

Instructor: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH 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: 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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