Credits: 6 credits across two semesters
This course examines issues related to assessment and treatment of children with, or at risk for, neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. It examines the broad context of healthcare systems and service delivery for children with disabilities from birth through adolescence. The curriculum focuses on building in-depth knowledge of childhood disabilities and the systems of care that serve children with disabilities. Students learn the importance of working in a culturally competent and interdisciplinary manner and in partnership with families. The population-based, public health perspective has a central role in the curriculum. Course modules address topics such as early childhood and early intervention, family partnerships and family-centered practice, policy and advocacy, vulnerable childhood populations, and the process of transition. Several students per year are funded to attend the National Disabilities Policy Seminar.