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 a professional development program that will give you insights into the signs, symptoms, treatment and support options for a variety of developmental and behavioural disorders.
In this online behaviour management 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)
Unit 1 – Nature and scope of developmental disorders
Nature of developmental disorders
Classification of childhood disorders
Causes of developmental disorders
A general overview of the diagnosis of developmental disorders
The prevalence of developmental disorders in the general population
General overview of the impact on the families and children and adolescents with developmental disorders
Levels of severity
Mild learning disability (IQ 50-70)
Moderate learning disability (IQ 35-49)
Severe learning disabilities (IQ 20-34)
Profound learning disability (IQ less than 20)
Unit 2 – Autism
Definition of autism
The signs and symptoms of autism
Impaired social development & interactions
Autism in girls
Social interaction and communication
Potential positive aspects of autism
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
Unit 3 – Asperger’s disorder
Definition of Asperger’s disorder
The signs and symptoms of Asperger’s disorder
Impaired social interactions
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
Unit 4 – Other pervasive developmental disorders
Definition of pervasive developmental disorder
Childhood disintegrative disorder
Signs & symptoms
Treatment and support
Developmental disorders not otherwise specified
Causes of developmental disorders
How developmental disorders are diagnosed
Impact of developmental disorders on the child or adolescent
Impact on the family of the child or adolescent with developmental disorders
Unit 5 – Attention-deficit & hyperactivity disorders
Signs & symptoms of ADHD
Features of inattention
Features of hyperactivity-impulsivity
Causes of ADHD
Historical background of ADHD
Prevalence & course of ADHD
Treatment of ADHD
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)
Social skills training
Other things that can help
Simple tips to help
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
Unit 6 – Conduct disorders
Definition of conduct disorder (aggressive, non-aggressive, Deceitfulness & theft, Violation of rules)
Signs and symptoms of conduct disorder
Causes of conduct disorder
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
Unit 7 – Learning disorders
Specific developmental disorders
Definition of learning disorders
Reading disorder (developmental dyslexia)
Signs & symptoms
Prevalence and support available
Disorder of written expression (specific spelling disorder)
Mathematics (arithmetic) disorder
How parents/carers and practitioners can support children with learning disorders
The impact of nature and nurture on learning disorders
The impact of learning disorders on the child or adolescent
The impact of learning disorders on the family
Unit 8 – Communication disorders & motor skills disorder
Definition of communication disorders
Causes of communication disorders
Causes, signs and symptoms
Prevalence in the general population
Treatment & support available
Expressive language disorder
Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder
Motor skills disorder
Unit 9 – Problem based learning (PBL) project
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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