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Summary of Week 2

Professor Hannah Kuper and Professor Tom Shakespeare summarise Week 2 on 'Integrated healthcare for children with developmental disabilities'.
TOM SHAKESPEARE: Well done on completing Week 2. We hope that you have enhanced your understanding of the healthcare needs of children with developmental disabilities, and can recognise solutions to the barriers they face when accessing healthcare services. Next week, we will consider the wider needs of children with developmental disabilities and their families, drawing on examples from Brazil, India, and the UK.
HANNAH KUPER: We will first look at the importance of family-centred care before exploring the broader needs of the child, such as the right to education, social inclusion, and a life free from stigma and violence. Importantly, we will discuss how you as a healthcare professional can work with other services to help children and their families realise these fundamental rights. We look forward to seeing you next week.

We have now reached the end of Week 2.

Throughout this week we have explored the healthcare needs of children with developmental disabilities. We hope that you now have a better understanding of effective communication techniques and the challenges to accessing services, along with potential solutions. We encourage you to reflect upon all that you have learnt and consider how you can apply this knowledge to your own personal setting. Please do discuss your thoughts with your fellow learners, as we learn best from interaction with others.

Next week we will look beyond the healthcare needs of children with developmental disabilities and begin to consider the needs of parents and carers. We will finish the course by exploring the broader needs of children, such as education and social inclusion, and consider how healthcare professionals can help children and their families realise these fundamental human rights. We will discuss how to engage with a network of other service providers in your setting.

As with last week, we will be pulling together common points and key themes from learner discussions, and a summary document will be made available under the ‘Downloads’ section at the bottom of this page. If there are topics from Week 2 that you do not feel confident on, please do return to the previous steps and run through the material once more. If you haven’t already done so, you may find it helpful to read the resources in the ‘See Also’ sections.

The activities for Week 3 are available now, and if you decide to look at them early, you may want to return to the ‘Comments’ section of each step, in order to speak to other learners and offer your thoughts and opinions about the content.


  • What have been the most important learning points for you this week?
  • Are there any actions/changes you plan to make in your setting?
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