With increasing diagnosis of childhood developmental disorders it is becoming important for anyone involved with children to understand not only the range of disorders but how they may affect the child’s ability to interact with the world around them and more importantly how that interaction can be perceived as problematic and wrongly within the child’s control. This course aims to introduce the student to a range of selected disorders and examines the impact upon not only the sufferer but also their family and those around them.
This course is suitable for parents, teachers, caregivers of children with conditions such as:
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties
- Conduct Disorders
- Motor Skill Disorders
- Other developmental disorders
Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.
There are 9 Lessons in this course:
Nature and Scope of Developmental Disorders - Mental Retardation/learning disability
- Classification of Childhood Disorders
- Causes of Developmental Disorders- Genetic Factors, Physical Factors, Environmental Factors
- A General Overview of the Diagnosis of Developmental Disorders
- The Prevalence of Developmental Disorders in the General Population
- The Impact on the Families and Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disorders
- Mental Retardation (Learning Disability)
- Co-morbid Disorders
Autism - Autistic Disorder signs, symptoms, treatment and support
- Causes of Autism
- Definition of Autism
- The Signs and Symptoms of Autism
- Impaired Social Development & Interactions
- Abnormal Communication
- Repetitive Behaviour
- Other Problems
- The Other Side of the Coin
- 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
Asperger's Disorder - signs, symptoms, treatment and support
- Definition of Asperger’s Disorder
- The Signs and Symptoms of Asperger’s Disorder
- Impaired Social Interactions
- Repetitive Behaviour
- 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
Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Developmental Disorders NOS) signs, symptoms, treatment and support
- Definition of Pervasive Developmental Disorders
- Rett’s Disorder
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
- Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified
- Causes of Developmental Disorders
- A General View on How Developmental Disorders are Diagnosed
- The Impact of Developmental Disorders on the Child or Adolescent
- The Impact on the Family of the Child or Adolescent with Developmental Disorders
Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders - ADHD & variants, signs, symptoms, treatment and support
- Signs & Symptoms of ADHD
- Causes of ADHD
- Historical Background of ADHD
- Prevalence & Course of ADHD
- Treatment of ADHD
- Support Available
- 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
Conduct Disorders (Include oppositional defiant disorder) signs, symptoms, treatment and support
- Definition of Conduct Disorder
- Signs and Symptoms of Conduct Disorders
- Causes of Conduct Disorders
- 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
Learning Disorders - focus on academia (Mathematics, Reading Disorder - Dyslexia, etc.) signs, symptoms, treatment and support
- Specific Developmental Disorders
- Definition of Learning Disorders
- Reading Disorder (Developmental Dyslexia)
- Disorder of Written Expression (Specific Spelling Disorder)
- Mathematics (Arithmetic) Disorder
Communications Disorders & Motor Skills Disorder - focus on speech and language signs, symptoms, treatment and support
- Definition of Communication Disorders
- Causes of Communication Disorders
- Phonological Disorder
- Expressive Language Disorder
- Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder
- Motor Skills Disorder
- Impact on the Child and Family of Communication Disorders
Special Project (choose something of interest to the student) signs, symptoms, treatment and support
When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.
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Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD
Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation. Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
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Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
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Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.