Online Course
Academic Readiness and Developmental Disabilities in Early and Middle Childhood Development
Learn practical skills to enhance a child's participation in school and sports

2-2.5 hours





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Tracy Prowse
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Tracy is a child and adolescent health physiotherapist, mindfulness teacher, pain practitioner, lecturer and trainer

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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By the age of seven, most children will be ready to participate in formal learning and sports. However, some children may not develop the necessary postural control or motor skills to engage in these activities. There are many factors that could cause these delays, including genetic conditions, developmental disabilities and other environmental or personal factors. This course, the third in the series on the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development in early and middle childhood, explores some of the factors which affect a child’s development, as well as suggesting specific strategies which can be used to enhance a child’s participation in school and sports.


The aim of this course is to discuss academic readiness in children and to suggest practical strategies to help children who may not be ready to engage in formal learning. It also aims to introduce developmental disabilities in children.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 2.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • list seven signs that a child is not ready for academic learning
  • discuss practical solutions to help children who are not ready for academic learning
  • summarise the importance of promoting movement in children
  • discuss the presentation of six developmental disabilities in children
  • select an appropriate management strategy for a child with a developmental disability

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Tracy Prowse: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.
Non-financial disclosure related to Tracy Prowse's Mindfulness courses: I am a board member of the Institute for Mindfulness in South Africa.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Great course, especially if you find yourself working in schools to facilitate the enhanced participation of children with impairments.
Carolien Benade
South Africa