Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Curriculum

August 22, 2017

Using the free Moodle learning management system platform, Vanderbilt LEND has worked with experts from across the country to create a set of curriculum resources (readings, assignments, discussion prompts, case studies, additional resources, etc.) on more than 30 different Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) topics - from early identification of Autism and hearing in children to positive behavior support, Special Education Part B Services, and sexual health for individuals with disabilities. These modules, which can be updated and added to as needed, are housed on a central Moodle site and pushed out to individual programs / centers for customization.

Modules in NDD Core Curriculum Resources

  • Applying Research to Inform Evidence-Based Practice: Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Autism: Adolescent and Early Adult Years
  • Autism: Early Identification and Treatment of ASD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Difficult Discussions: Sharing Information with Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Down Syndrome
  • Early Brain and Child Development: Stress and Resilience
  • Early Intervention (Part C) Services
  • Epilepsy and Neurodevelopment Disorders
  • Ethics in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Faith-Based Perspectives on NDD
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Epidemiology, Diagnosis, Neurobiology, and Interventions
  • Genetics Part 1: Concepts and Principles
  • Genetics Part 2: Clinical and Ethical Implications of Genetic Testing
  • Health Care Transitions
  • Hearing in Children
  • Intellectual Disability and Language Impairment
  • Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Practice
  • Life Course Perspective and Social Determinants of Health
  • Medical Home
  • Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Disability
  • Newborn Screening
  • Nutrition
  • Oral Health Care for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Policy Issues in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Prematurity and Low Birth Weight and its Effects on Development Over the Lifespan
  • Public Health and Disability 101
  • Sexual Health and Sexuality for Individuals with Developmental and Related Disabilities
  • Special Education Part B Services: Through 21 Years of Age
  • Strategies for Cultural Competence
  • Supporting Successful Post-School Outcomes

While originally developed to support LEND curriculum development and implementation, this content is relevant for (and available to) all AUCD network members engaged in pre-service training activities. To request access to the NDD Curriculum Resources, contact Tara Minor, MA, MAT, Medical Education Specialist for Vanderbilt's Department of Pediatrics and Vanderbilt Consortium LEND staff: 615-875-3394 (53394) or tara.j.minor@vanderbilt.edu.

In this approximately 15-minute video, Dr. Tyler Reimschisel, Director of the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND, discusses the NDD Core Curriculum Resources and how you can use this AUCD-supported resource in your program. The presentation includes a description of what the Resources are, their potential uses and limitations, the format of each resource page, a listing of all of the topics included in the Resources, how you can access the Resources on the Central NDD Core Curriculum Resources Moodle, and the logistics for obtaining your own version of the Resources on a Moodle for your program. A summary of the survey results that the NDD Core Curriculum Resources' editorial board completed in the fall of 2018 is also included in the presentation.