Facilitating Cognitive Development (SB:Cog)

This course provides content on supporting development within the specific developmental domain of cognitive development. Information on typical development, intellectual disabilities, and support and intervention strategies are presented via narrated presentations and reinforced through individual learning activities, assignments, and a discussion forum facilitated by parent-professional facilitator teams.

Topics covered in this course include: developmental trajectory of cognition, assessment in the cognitive domain, common intellectual disabilities, outcome development and service planning to address concerns in cognitive development, and evidence-based intervention strategies.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe terms, components, and the elements of cognitive development in young children.
  • Identify common conditions that include intellectual disability as a characteristic.
  • Increase knowledge of current practice and approaches to communicating about and supporting the development of children with intellectual disabilities.
  • Discuss tools and practices appropriate for evaluation and assessment of communication development.
  • Develop functional, relationship-based outcomes based on the needs identified through a developmental assessment and a family interview.
  • Describe appropriate, evidence-based intervention practices that may be used to promote overall cognitive development and to address concerns in the cognitive domain.

Topics Covered in Each Two-Week Lesson Cycle

Weeks 1-2: Development of Cognitive Skills

  • Define essential components of infant-toddler cognition
  • Describe the scope and sequence of typical cognitive development in infants and toddlers
  • Define common terms in the cognitive domain pertinent to infants and toddlers

Weeks 3-4: Red Flags, Common Disabilities, and Referrals

  • Recognize behaviors and characteristics that indicate a need for assessment
  • Identify the most frequently occurring disabilities that have cognitive delays or disabilities and primary characteristics
  • Describe the challenges associated with referring a child for assessment based on red flags for cognitive delays or disabilities

Weeks 5-6: Essentials of Assessment of Cognitive Development

  • Identify multiple tools and practices to assess development and progress in the cognitive domain
  • Restate findings of a cognitive evaluation/assessment report(s) to a child’s family
  • Describe how cognitive assessment can be conducted using typical family routines and activities

Weeks 7-8: Outcomes, Services, and Coordination

  • Identify a family’s concerns, priorities, and resources for their child’s cognitive development
  • Identify possible functional, family-focused outcomes for a child with a cognitive disability
  • Explore service and support options based on the needs of the child and family

Weeks 9-10: Intervention Strategies to Work With Children and Their Families

  • Identify resources and strategies for promoting the cognitive development of young children
  • Describe relationship-based intervention strategies to support families as they support the cognitive development of their young children with cognitive delays or disabilities
  • Identify strategies for integrating developmentally appropriate intervention into natural environments to support the cognitive development of young children
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