Online course in Psychology & Mental Health

Integrated Healthcare for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Discover how to improve the health and wellbeing of children with developmental disabilities.

Integrated Healthcare for Children with Developmental Disabilities

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours

Support children with developmental disabilities to reach their potential

Despite their greater needs, children with developmental disabilities and their families often face barriers to healthcare access. Children with developmental disabilities must have access to high quality and appropriate healthcare, so they can realise their full potential and participate in their community.

This three-week course is designed to enhance your knowledge of children with developmental disabilities and help you to improve healthcare provision for a vulnerable group, by working in partnership with families and other essential services, such as education or social care providers.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Developmental disabilities and their effect on child development and functioning
  • The importance of early diagnosis and intervention
  • How to improve health and healthcare access for children with developmental disabilities
  • How to achieve equal partnership and effective communication in healthcare settings
  • The importance of family-centred care
  • The broader needs of children with developmental disabilities, including social inclusion and education
  • How to establish intersectoral collaboration with other key service providers

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe developmental disability and the impact of impairment and disability on children and their families
  • Explain how early intervention can improve long-term outcomes for children with developmental disabilities
  • Investigate the barriers and solutions to improve healthcare access for children with developmental disabilities
  • Explore the importance of trust and equal partnership with children with developmental disabilities and their families
  • Reflect on the broader needs and fundamental rights of children with developmental disabilities
  • Discuss how to collaborate with other service providers

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for healthcare professionals who may provide care for children with developmental disabilities, or other groups interested in the healthcare needs of these children. The course will be of particular benefit to:

• Clinicians (e.g. nurses, doctors, allied professionals), community health workers, healthcare managers and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) staff who provide treatment and care for children with developmental disabilities

• Other clinicians, professionals, researchers and students with an interest in healthcare services for children with developmental disabilities

• Teachers and other educators who want to learn about the health of children with developmental disabilities and their right to education, inclusion and social protection

• Trainers in academic institutions who are aiming to develop a practical course for healthcare providers in their setting

• Parents and relatives of a child with a developmental disability, who may be looking to learn more about a child’s healthcare needs

• Adults with a developmental disability, who may want to understand more about their own health and healthcare services

The course focuses on issues relevant to both high income and low- and middle-income countries and information can be adapted to your personal setting. Course materials will draw on examples from a variety of contexts, including Brazil, UK, India, and Zambia.

We look forward to welcoming learners from across the globe. Our aim is to develop a multidisciplinary network of learners, with a diverse range of experience, from which we all can learn.

Who will you learn with?

Hannah Kuper

Hannah Kuper

I am the Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, and a Professor of Epidemiology. I have 15+ years of experience working in disability, mostly in low and middle income areas.

Tom Shakespeare

Tom Shakespeare

Professor of disability research at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Who developed the course?

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity worldwide.

International Centre for Evidence in Disability

The International Centre for Evidence in Disability is an international centre at LSHTM with expertise in disability research and teaching in the context of public health and development.

Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)

Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) is an education and research institution in Brazil, promoting the health, quality of life and social development of the nation’s population.