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

Parental Reactions to Having a Child With Special Healthcare Needs

by Teresa A. Savage, PhD, RN and Teresa T. Moro, PhD, AM, LSW
(4.3 / 687 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
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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 activity will discuss some of the challenges faced by families and identify ways in which healthcare professionals may help empower families to adapt and potentially thrive. 


The goal of this continuing education program is to familiarize healthcare providers with parental reactions to having a child with special healthcare needs and interventions to support those parents. 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 parents of children with special healthcare needs    

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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 PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 12S0100 for 11/29/11 to 11/29/12, 12S1692 for 11/30/12 to 11/30/13; 14S0503 for 12/01/13 to 12/01/14; 14S1733 for 12/02/14 to 12/02/15; 15S2337 for 12/03/15 to 12/03/16; 16S2249 for 12/04/16 to 12/04/17).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CP110017860 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CP120018033 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CP130019758 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021483 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023805 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27027 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-538170 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538170 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors. 
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 4108 for 12/19/11 to 12/18/12; 4805 for 12/19/12 to 12/18/13; 5555 for 12/19/13 to 12/18/14; 5832 for 12/19/14 to 12/18/15; 2016-524 for 12/19/16 to 12/18/17; 2017-430 for 12/19/17 to 12/18/18).
The PA Board of PT (PTCE003863 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006376 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010043 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18). 
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 177-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 359-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16). 
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PTExaminers for 0.1 CEU for 12/19/11 to 12/19/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 12/12/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437-4123 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13; 437-4606 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.


Course Originally Released on: 11/17/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/17/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/17/2019


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

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Alyssa W - Castle Rock, WA  ·  Oct 17, 2018
Good overview and list of resources for families
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Shannon M - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Oct 03, 2018
Interesting insight into what families go through when dealing with a child with a disability
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Jannar C - Peoria, IL  ·  Aug 05, 2018
informative, easy to understand
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Jessica P - La Junta, CO  ·  Jul 10, 2018
Some test questions were hard to understand but overall the course was great
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Jee Hyun N - Wyncote, PA  ·  Jul 08, 2018
It is great review about parental reactions.
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Price: $19.00
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