Healthcare Needs for People with IDD: Constipation

Healthcare Needs for People with IDD: Constipation 

Constipation is more common among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) than the general population, among both children and adults. Constipation can be difficult to identify or diagnose in the IDD population and carries with it several other health risks. This course will describe the signs and symptoms of constipation, including different types of constipation that might occur in individuals with IDD. This course will also discuss different treatments for constipation as well as ways Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) can help the people they support prevent constipation. This course is the third in a five-part series on health needs for people with IDD.


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-HNPI3
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between the different causes and categories of constipation.
Name ways to help individuals with IDD prevent constipation.
Describe different treatment options for constipation.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Causes of Constipation A. Will’s Constipation Conundrum B. Constipation C. Signs and Symptoms of Constipation D. Constipation in Individuals with IDD E. Causes of Constipation F. Risk for Constipation G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Preventing and Treating Constipation A. The Role of DSPs in Preventing and Treating Constipation B. Preventing Constipation C. Preventing Strategies D. Treating Constipation E. Review F. Summary Section 4: 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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