SBS Primer in the Early Intervention Setting
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Course intent: To provide speech language pathologists & occupational therapists, as well as other early intervention providers with the clinical background to understand the clinically relevant issues regarding SBS so as to by virtue of their front-line entry access into home of very young children educate, and help prevent occurrence/recurrence by virtue of their role as an early intervention provider providing early intervention in the home setting or facility based program.
Relevance to occupational, speech language pathology, physical therapy & other early intervention providers: Aforementioned disciplines therapists and other early intervention providers treating children between the ages of 0-3 are on the front line of treating children who may be at risk for SBS, especially when visiting the home in the early intervention setting.
Provider will be able to: Identify risk factors for babies, such as prolonged inconsolable crying and the notorious red zone confluence comprised of the childs age, temperament and parental risk factors
Provider will be able to: Learn about the clinical presentation, following whiplash injury from SBS, and resultant coup-contrecoup brain injury
Provider will be able to: Define the role of post-partum depression in SBS, and what must the early intervention provider be on the lookout for, as well as how they may intervene prior to SBS occurring
Provider will be able to: Identify the legal obligation based upon the State practice acts of each State defining a professional obligation to report child abuse - of early intervention providers to report potential situations which may result in SBS to the child entrusted to their professional care
Provider will be able to: Identify the critical elements which the early intervention occupational therapists can implement life-saving educational lessons to guardians and parents, thereby staving off and proactively implementing home changes that may save the life of the child
Provider will be able to: Identify the controversial firestorm and dispute regarding SBS, and how an early intervention provider ought to respond when suspecting SBS, or when they deem that the factors for the baby and home environment predispose to a higher likelihood of SBS
Provider will be able to: fulfill their State obligatory imperative, based upon State early intervention regulations, that all early intervention providers be actively involved in a preventative manner, and be ready to react via education &/or communication with early intervention service coordinators and officials - in a life-saving manner with respect to the childs health and safety
Provider will be able to: Identify the ethical constraints and professional obligations imperative to early intervention professionals with respect to reporting suspicion of, or incidents of SBS, as well as interventional prevention.
Speech Language Pathology
Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, Speech teachers and Audiologists, Occupational therapists, COTA, PT, PTA, SI/SE, SW
Course Level: Various Content: Related
Subject Code: 7060 Patient/Client Safety and Prevention of Medical Errors
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Target Audience: All practitioners in the early intervention, young child domain
Prerequisites: None; Introductory