Childhood is a crucial time in everyone’s life. A variety of developmental milestones are reached from childhood to adulthood, however for some children and teenagers there are issues along the way. This course focuses on some of those issues and is ideal for anyone studying psychology, counselling or health sciences, or works with children including in caring, coaching, teaching or youth worker roles.
The Certificate of Developmental, Learning and Behaviour Disorders (Children and Adolescents) is an online program that will give you insights into the signs, symptoms, treatment and support options for a variety of developmental and behavioural disorders.
In this professional development course, you will explore disorders including learning disabilities, autism, Asperger’s Disorder and other pervasive development disorders, including Rett’s Disorder.
You will also learn about attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorders, conduct disorders like Anti-Social Personality Disorder, learning disorders like Developmental Dyslexia, communication disorders like Phonological Disorder and motor skills disorders.
On completion of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of a range of disorders that affect children and teenagers, and you’ll be able to support and assist them with avoiding potentially major mental health issues in their later lives.
Unit: Developmental, Learning and Behaviour Disorders (Children and Adolescents)
Nature and Scope of Developmental Disorders – Mental Retardation/learning disability
Classification of Childhood Disorders
Causes of Developmental Disorders- Genetic Factors, Physical Factors, Environmental Factors
A General Overview of the Diagnosis of Developmental Disorders
The Prevalence of Developmental Disorders in the General Population
The Impact on the Families and Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disorders
Mental Retardation (Learning Disability)
Autism – Autistic Disorder signs, symptoms, treatment and support
Causes of Autism
Definition of Autism
The Signs and Symptoms of Autism
Impaired Social Development & Interactions
The Other Side of the Coin
Causes of Autism
History of the Perception of Autism
Prevalence & Course of Autism in the General Population
The Autism Spectrum
Issues Facing Children and Adolescents with Autism
The Impact of Autism on the Family
Treatments for Children and Adolescents with Autism
How Parents/Carers and Practitioners can Support Children with Autism
Supportive Services for Children and Adolescents with Autism
Asperger’s Disorder – signs, symptoms, treatment and support
Definition of Asperger’s Disorder
The Signs and Symptoms of Asperger’s Disorder
1) Impaired Social Interactions
2) Repetitive Behaviour
Causes of Asperger’s Disorder
The History of Asperger’s Disorder
The Prevalence & Course of Asperger’s Disorder in the General Population
Asperger’s Disorder and Autism – The Autism Spectrum
The Impact of Asperger’s Disorder on the Child or Adolescent
The Impact of Asperger’s Disorder on the Family
Treatments Available for Children and Adolescents with Asperger’s Disorder
How Parents/Carers and Practitioners can Support Children with Asperger’s Disorder
Supportive Services Available for Children with Asperger’s Disorder and Their Family
Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Developmental Disorders NOS) signs, symptoms, treatment and support
Definition of Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified
Causes of Developmental Disorders
A General View on How Developmental Disorders are Diagnosed
The Impact of Developmental Disorders on the Child or Adolescent
The Impact on the Family of the Child or Adolescent with Developmental Disorders
Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders – ADHD & variants, signs, symptoms, treatment and support
Signs & Symptoms of ADHD
1) Features of Inattention
2) Features of Hyperactivity-Impulsivity
Causes of ADHD
Historical Background of ADHD
Prevalence & Course of ADHD
Treatment of ADHD
Factors that can Aggravate ADD or ADHD Symptoms
The Impact of ADD and ADHD on the Child or Adolescent
The Impact on the Family of a Child with ADD or ADHD
Conduct Disorders (Include oppositional defiant disorder) signs, symptoms, treatment and support
Definition of Conduct Disorder
Signs and Symptoms of Conduct Disorders
Causes of Conduct Disorders
Prevalence & Course of Conduct Disorders in the General Population
Definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Signs and Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Causes of Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Prevalence & Course of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in the General Population
Anti-Social Personality Disorder (APD)
Treatments Available for Conduct Disorders
Support for Families and Children with Conduct Disorders
The Impact of Conduct Disorders on Children
The Impact on the Family of Having a Child with a Conduct Disorder
How Parents/Carers and Practitioners can Support Children with Conduct Disorders
Learning Disorders – focus on academia (Mathematics, Reading Disorder – Dyslexia, etc.) signs, symptoms, treatment and support
Specific Developmental Disorders
Definition of Learning Disorders
Reading Disorder (Developmental Dyslexia)
Disorder of Written Expression (Specific Spelling Disorder)
Mathematics (Arithmetic) Disorder
Communications Disorders & Motor Skills Disorder – focus on speech and language signs, symptoms, treatment and support
Definition of Communication Disorders
Causes of Communication Disorders
Expressive Language Disorder
Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder
Motor Skills Disorder
Impact on the Child and Family of Communication Disorders
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.