Online Course
Assessment and Exercise Interventions in Early and Middle Childhood Development
Gain the skills to confidently screen young children for developmental difficulties and get them more active

1-1.5 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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With physical activity levels decreasing and developmental disabilities increasing, it is important that therapists and teachers understand how to screen children for developmental difficulties. Children who are identified as needing more input during this screening process can then be encouraged to exercise in a safe and meaningful way. This course, the second in a series on the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development in early and middle childhood, explores some key assessment and intervention ideas for children aged three to seven years.


The aim of this course is to provide you with appropriate assessment tools for children aged three to seven years and to discuss ways to safely implement a physical activity programme for 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. Video
  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 1-1.5 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 1 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:

  • discuss specific tests that can be used to assess a child’s development
  • interpret the results of screening tests in children
  • select an appropriate tool to monitor the effectiveness of an intervention in children
  • summarise the World Health Organisation’s physical activity guidelines for children
  • describe key components of a physical activity intervention for children

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
I highly recommend this course for physiotherapists who practice CBR (community-based rehabilitation) and whose entry point of practice is education in a formal school setting!
Shella Marie Tugonon
After attending this course, I wanted to know which tools exactly- if any - are used in Dutch schools. I never really thought about that before. It is a very giving course with immediately useful information and links to exercise and testing tools.
Janne van
It is a great course to learn about developmental coordination disorder, various assessment tools and interventions for different age groups!
Shilpika Dhuri
Brilliant course! Thank you for breaking it down so simply. Tracy's clinical experience comes through how she explains concepts and principles! It is especially true for physios like myself who are not highly specialised in childhood/paediatric physio.