Curriculum in IDD Healthcare eLearn
When we educate clinicians,
we save lives.
The Curriculum in IDD Healthcare eLearn course was designed, created, and is delivered by a physician for physicians and other clinicians.
It teaches the fundamentals of IDD healthcare, providing learners with pertinent, practical information that can be used immediately in their practices to improve outcomes, reduce suffering, and prevent unnecessary death in their patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Uniquely Designed For Immediate Use
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- Unlock the language of behavior and how it can point to specific underlying medical causes
- Improve communication between clinicians and supporters of people with IDD to facilitate better healthcare
- Learn from real-life case studies
This course is currently incorporated into medical and nurse practitioner schools, used by state agencies to train clinicians, statewide, and by numerous clinical organizations and individual physicians desiring to improve clinical knowledge in this area.
The National Council on Disability supports IDD training for all healthcare professional schools
One of the four major components of the National Council on Disability’s Health Equity Framework includes: “requiring comprehensive disability clinical-care curricula in all US medical, nursing and other healthcare professional schools and requiring disability competency education and training of medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals.” Click here to read more.
IntellectAbility Recognized Provider in IDD Healthcare Award
Besides earning valuable Physician CME or Nursing CEU credit, clinicians who complete the course are eligible to receive the IntellectAbility Recognized Provider in IDD Healthcare award indicating their commitment to providing quality healthcare to people with IDD.
Numerous, real-world case studies are used to illustrate concepts that help students and clinicians at any level to improve their skillset and provide competent, compassionate healthcare to people with complex neurodevelopmental, medical and mental health conditions.
IDD Basics: Then, Now and Next
Module Length: 37 Minutes
Healthcare Basics in IDD
Module Length: 1 Hour 2 Minutes
A discussion of common medical issues, their presentations and general treatment options are covered. This discussion includes the “Fatal 5+” – Constipation, Aspiration, Dehydration, Seizures and Sepsis, as well as other topics like GERD, osteoporosis, contraception, feeding tubes, wheelchairs, end-of-life considerations and basic dental issues.
Common Behavioral Presentations of Medical Conditions in People with IDD
Using real-life case studies, this module effectively illustrates how numerous challenging behaviors may point to specific, underlying medical conditions in people with IDD. Topics include head-banging, refusing meals, hand-mouth behavior, aggressiveness in particular situations, resisting lying down or sleeping, pica and many more.
Dual Diagnosis in IDD
Effective Communication for IDD Healthcare
Module Length: 31 Minutes
This talk covers topics including understanding the differing baselines of people with IDD, fostering good communication between healthcare providers and support staff, speaking TO the person who is the patient rather than directing communication to the support staff, how to garner the most helpful information from support staff, and understanding the structure of the team model of support.
Bringing it all Together: Case Studies in IDD Healthcare
About the Author
Curriculum in IDD Healthcare was developed and is delivered by Dr. Craig Escudé, who has over 20 years of clinical experience in treating people with severe and profound levels of IDD and extensive experience in training hundreds of clinicians, case managers, social workers, direct support professionals and others who work in this field. He is also one of a handful of Fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine (FAADM).
Learn more about the need to educate healthcare providers about IDD healthcare
- Click here to read real accounts from nurses about negative physician encounters.
- Click to download the Curriculum in IDD Healthcare eLearn Information Sheet and share it with your colleagues.
- Watch this 30 minute recorded webinar delivered by our President and this course’s author, Dr. Craig Escudé.
- Download the National Council on Disability’s Health Equity Framework.