Parental Reactions to Having a Child With Special Healthcare Needs - PT181

Parental Reactions to Having a Child With Special Healthcare Needs

by Teresa T. Moro, PhD, AM, LSW
(4.4 / 736 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs found that 14.6 million children (ages 0 to 17) in the United States (19.8%) have special healthcare needs. Caring for a child with a disability or chronic health condition is often a lifelong experience, and some have more than one child with a disability. Parents of children with chronic conditions face unique systemic barriers to caregiving. This course will discuss some of the most prevalent challenges faced by families and identify ways in which healthcare providers may help to empower families as they adapt and thrive.


The goal of this course is to familiarize healthcare providers with prevalent family reactions to having a child with special healthcare needs and to discuss ways to support families. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the concepts of chronic sorrow, transformed parenting, and normalization associated with parenting a child with special healthcare needs.
  • Identify children’s special healthcare needs and the experiences of family caregivers.
  • State two types of support a clinician can provide to families of children with special healthcare needs.  

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists, and social workers.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S8322 for 12/06/18 to 12/06/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-538170 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors. 
This course has been approved by:
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-276 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20)
The MD State Board of PTExaminers for 0.1 CEU for 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 8/24/1999
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/5/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/5/2022


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Lisa V - Naples, FL  ·  Oct 13, 2019
Convenient in my home and on my own time. I work full time and volunteer a lot of hours at the riding center for therapeutic riding for disabled children and operation strides for veterans with PTSD
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Gabriella D - Flushing, NY  ·  Sep 24, 2019
Lots of important information
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Jessica R - Auburndale, FL  ·  Sep 16, 2019
This article puts things in perspective when handling families affected by children with disabilities.
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Kimberly S - Reading, PA  ·  Aug 20, 2019
I thought it was helpful and easy to read
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Margaret K - Dover, DE  ·  Apr 15, 2019
This course was emphasized psychology theories and vocabulary too much at the expense of useful suggestions of me as a treating therapist. I do not need to know that a parent coping style is called XYZ, but rather what I can do as a physical therapist to help the parent reach a healthy coping place.
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Price: $19.00
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