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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 1, Lesson 5


In previous lessons, typical child development milestones were addressed. Prevalent developmental disorders and disabilities that occur from birth to 3 years of age have also been discussed. This lesson will identify the affect certain developmental disorders and disabilities have on child development and on the family structure. Adaptations available for children with developmental delays and disorders and the effect on child development will also be presented.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Explain the effect the most prevalent developmental disabilities and disorders have on child development (e.g., sensory impairments, chronic illness, genetic syndromes, and cognitive delays)
  • Explain the effect the most prevalent developmental disabilities and disorders have on the child's family
  • Explain how abnormal development in one area may or may not interfere with the development and mastery of skills in other areas
  • Explain how individuals with the same impairment can be affected differently
  • Explain the effect multiple disabilities can have on child development (i.e., cerebral palsy/hearing impairment/low vision)
  • Identify adaptations that are available for children with developmental delays/disorders (e.g., nutritional assistive devices, surveillance devices, respiratory technology assistance) and the possible (positive) effect on child development


The following resources are necessary for the completion of this lesson. Learners may wish to access and print a hard copy of the resources prior to beginning the lesson and for future reference. Some resource documents can be found in the Resource Bank. Others are available online.

Key Words

Definitions of key words are found in the glossary.

  • Nutritional assistive devices
  • Surveillance devices


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