Infant Toddler Development Training
This module presents basic information about typical child development. Child development theories, causes and characteristics of prevalent developmental disabilities and disorders, and their effect on child development and families are addressed throughout the module. It is important that Infant Toddler Developmental Specialists are knowledgeable about the various factors that impede child growth and development and the effect developmental disabilities and disorders have on the child, family, and others.
The required text for this module is: Sandall, S., McLean, M.E., Smith, B.J. (Eds.) (2000) DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. Denver, CO: Division of Early Childhood. Learners will also need to access the Resource Bank for Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents and website material. Learners should be aware that links to websites and additional articles are likely included within the various lessons of this module. Participants are expected to carefully read assigned materials and be prepared to answer questions regarding all content during the self assessments and final evaluation.
Module Objectives and Corresponding Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Competencies
- Describe prenatal development and birth process. Demonstrate awareness of the critical development that occurs during the prenatal period to three years of age. (FDOH B-1)
- Define, discuss and apply major theories of human growth and development (e.g., Erikson, Vygotsky, Piaget) and the interrelatedness of the developmental domains. (FDOH B-2)
- Distinguish between differences related to cultural practices (ethnic and regional) and educational delays, as these differences relate to coaching families in ways to help their children make developmental progress. (FDOH B-3, B-14)
- Describe the etiology and symptomology of common developmental disabilities or conditions in young children and their developmental effect, including disorders of central and peripheral nervous system; bones muscles and joints; genetics, metabolic and gastrointestinal tract; heart, lungs and circulation; chronic illness; sensory systems; and learning disabilities/cognitive delay. (FDOH B-3,B-4,B-5,B-7)
- Identify characteristics of physical contexts influencing development and learning. (FDOH B-7, B-3, B-4)
- Describe sequences, characteristics, and interrelationships in development across domains, including attachment and social/emotional development, sensory perceptual and motor development, development of knowledge and understanding, development of communication and language. (FDOH B-14, B-7, B-6, B-5, B-4)
- Describe theoretical and research models regarding interactions between disabilities, risk factors, environments and development. (FDOH B-14, B-6, B-7, B-5, B-4, B-3)
- Identify potential effects of general and specific disabilities, delays, or risk factors of parent-child interactions and on different domains of development. These include attachment and social/emotional development, sensory perceptual and motor development, development of knowledge and understanding, development of communication and language, environmental/cultural, abuse and/or neglect, biological, prematurity, birth trauma, and parental involvement. (FDOH B-3, B-14, B-7, B-4)
- Explain variations in development that may be the result of a disability or health condition and their potential affect on future development. (FDOH B-7, B-4, B-6)