Child Development
Robert Nickel, MD, developmental pediatrician and professor of pediatrics, and Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, consultant and author, share their expertise in the fields of pediatrics and child welfare in this preservice course on child development. You will learn how child development can be altered by the effects of abuse and neglect and how an understanding of typical child development and developmental domains and stages can help foster parents know when children in their care may be exhibiting behaviors indicative of maltreatment.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify red flags of development that indicate problems in abused and neglected children
  • describe the impact of abuse and neglect on child development
  • understand risk and protective factors
  • identify developmental domains and stages
  • understand temperament and goodness of fit
I found the course to be pretty informative on a child's development stages. I've had three children of my own and this course has surely enlighten me on the different domains of a child that I really didn't think I mastered as a mom. I really wish I could raise them over again. I'm very happy I have the opportunity to understand my foster child with much more parental information and not just my own up bringing.
Lorianne P.

Many times our foster children appear to be too fast or too slow based on the growth of peers their age. It was interesting to learn how abuse/neglect can effect the development of children. It was also interesting to learn the ages of growth and the skills needed at different age ranges.
Patricia T.

This course covers typical child development and:

  • developmental domains and stages

  • red flags of development

  • the impact of abuse and neglect

(4 credit hours, $20.00 per person)