Online Course
Family-Centred Intervention and Early Diagnosis
Work collaboratively with families to enhance outcomes for infants and toddlers

1-1.5 hours





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Pam Versfeld
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Pam has a passion for sharing her knowledge of task oriented movement therapy for infants and toddlers

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Early intervention refers to a set of interventions that support and provide resources for families of special needs infants and toddlers, 0 to 3 years old. Services covered within this programme can include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, amongst many others. The term "early intervention" encompasses early diagnosis and an early start to fostering cognitive, communication and motor development. Research has shown that early intervention is most effective when it is family-centred, in the child's natural environment and when the family and therapists work collaboratively to select goals and plan interventions. Empowering families in the decision-making process begins with the assessment. This course will discuss family-centred care and three different assessment tools that have the best predictive validity for detecting cerebral palsy.


The goal of this course is to explain the importance of early intervention and to discuss three tools that aid early diagnosis.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions 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 Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, 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:

  • compare the traditional early intervention approach to the family-centred care approach
  • list three aspects of solution-focused care
  • summarise the components of three early intervention diagnostic tools discussed in this course

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Pam Versfeld: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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

Featured reviews
This course is really practical for community physiotherapists. GMFCS is a system and tool to quickly identify the child's current mobility and ability, strength and needs.
Thet Hnin Wai
It is a valuable course. Pam Versfeld seems very passionate and knowledgeable about children with special needs, mainly persons with cerebral palsy.
Claron O' Neale
It is an excellent course that every therapist working with children should take!
Natalia Garza
I am a postgraduate pediatric PT student. This course gave me a basic idea about family-centred intervention and problem-solving approaches. The examples given by Pam Versfeld were the highlight of the course. I will indeed be applying it in my clinical practice. Great course!
Shilpika Dhuri
I enjoyed the introduction to this course - well explained by Pam with a case scenario. I am looking forward to continuing with the other modules.
Gill Laburn