ABOUT THIS COURSE:
When parents have concerns about their childs development, practitioners must be able to give them accurate information to make informed decisions. Armed with knowledge, parents, educators, and practitioners alike can promote healthy development in their day-to-day interactions with children and adolescents. Unfortunately, a limited understanding and knowledge base for what constitutes typical development could result in an inaccurate diagnosis, as well as inadequate treatment. Understanding typical development is critical for early detection of emotional, behavioral, or learning challenges. This course is designed for entry- and intermediate-level healthcare practitioners who work with children, adolescents, and their families. The information in this training will provide you with an overview of the human developmental stages from school-age (6-12) through adolescence (13-18). You will gain a firm understanding of the various aspects of development, from physical and cognitive development to psychosocial development. The information presented in this training is based on what research considers typical development. Keep in mind, however, that there is a wide range of developmental milestones and a range of when children are expected to reach them. It is common for children to struggle with one or more areas of development at some point during middle childhood or adolescence. In addition, it is critical to always interpret a childs development in the context of their environment and culture. This course will equip you with knowledge and practical strategies that will inform the best practices you use with the individuals you serve.