Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHANNAH KUPER: Welcome to Week 2. In Week 1, we learned about child development, impairment, and developmental disability. And we will build upon this knowledge throughout Week 2 as we begin to consider the healthcare needs of children with developmental disabilities. Children with developmental disabilities can spend much of their lives in and out of healthcare services, and it is vital that we know how to provide compassionate care that respects dignity, and that we help families negotiate a maze of services. We will start the week by hearing from parents and health professionals as we discuss the process of diagnosis and the importance of early intervention.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsTOM SHAKESPEARE: Later in the week, we'll discuss the healthcare needs of children with developmental disabilities and take a closer look at how these healthcare needs will evolve as a child ages. Next, we will examine the challenges to accessing healthcare and discuss potential solutions, including a sustainable network approach to service provision.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 secondsHANNAH KUPER: Finally, this week, we will consider the importance of trust and effective communication with children and their families. Our aim is to promote partnership between parents and professionals, and increasingly, to hear the voices of children with developmental disabilities themselves. As in the previous week, please do keep sharing your reflections in the comments section of each step. It's great to hear from you, and it enhances the learning for all.

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2. Having learned about child development, impairment and developmental disability, we will now begin to consider the healthcare needs of children with developmental disabilities.

What will we learn?

In this week’s activities we will:

  • Demonstrate the importance of assessment, diagnosis and early intervention
  • Reflect on the healthcare needs of children with developmental disabilities
  • Discuss the barriers they may face to accessing healthcare services and proposed solutions
  • Promote partnership between healthcare professionals and children and their families

As in Week 1, we encourage you to share your reflections with your fellow learners in the ‘Comments’ section. At the end of the week, key points from these discussions will be provided in a summary document in Step 2.24.

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Integrated Healthcare for Children with Developmental Disabilities

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine