Neurodevelopmental Conditions in Children & Adolescents


4 Videos, 1 online article 
15 Ceu's Package, Dr. Michèle van Niekerk, BSc.Hons MBChB FCPaed (S.A.)

Neurodiversity refers to ’the diversity of human minds' (Judith Singer, 1990). Neurodivergence refers to an individual whose neurodevelopment takes place along a different trajectory.

Neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)as well as Specific Learning Challenges and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder,  are often manifest as behavioural problems at home or in the classroom. However,  conventional medical curriculums don’t devote  much attention to the mental health of children & adolescents. 

These conditions present at an early age and can have a significant impact on an individual throughout their lifetime. Early recognition, education and appropriate intervention may prevent psychopathology later in life and ensure affected individuals achieve their unique potential. Fortunately, there is a rapidly evolving awareness globally of the scale at which psychoeducation is required not only for medical professionals and educators, but also for parents and individuals themselves.

These courses are for everyone and anyone who may have to deal with children and adolescents who have – or may have – one of Neurodevelopmental conditions.  The courses are particularly suitable for General Practitioners, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Physiotherapists and other healthcare providers.

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that manifests in childhood with symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention. The symptoms affect cognitive, academic, behavioral, emotional, and social functioning. This topic review focuses on the clinical features and evaluation of ADHD. 

  • An update on ADHD in 2023, with an overview of its history, presentation and diagnosis, as well as recommended interventions. Medical options are mentioned briefly in this video. A broader overview of the current recommendations for the medical management of ADHD is provided in the second presentation.

  • This course provides an overview of the recommended first line medical options for the management of ADHD in children and adolescents. The new formulations which were added in 2022 are included.

  • In this course, the evolution of Autism as a diagnosis is explored. Criteria for diagnosis are discussed, with examples of how the condition may present. An approach to interventions is provided.

  • Early recognition of a neurodevelopmental condition like Autism may result in a better prognosis and help to prevent the escalation of anxiety, with which Autism is so often associated. It is imperative for healthcare providers to be familiar with “ normal” developmental milestones in infancy and childhood, in order to recognize differences and refer appropriately when they suspect that a child is following a different trajectory.

    This course provides diagnostic clues as well as some tools and resources which may assist therapists and parents.



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