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Health & Safety Issues in Early Childhood - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter offer information on health issues in young children, including how the senses develop. Our instructors explain about various special circumstances, including allergies, asthma, autism and cognitive delays. How to adapt instruction for learners with special needs is a major topic. You'll review how antibiotics work and why children are more susceptible to toxicants. After watching these videos, you should know more about:
- Nutrition and health in early childhood
- How vaccines work
- Causes, symptoms and treatments for allergies and asthma
- How chronic illness and physical disabilities can impact development
- Emotional and behavioral disorders
- How to adapt instruction for students with sensory challenges and cognitive and social functioning delays
Our instructors use examples and animations to present information in an entertaining manner. Every lesson is followed by a short quiz, and the chapter ends with a comprehensive test. The videos include a timeline with clickable links you can use to jump back to parts of the lesson you need to review. If you still have questions, you can contact the instructors through our ask-an-expert message board.
1. Nutrition, Health, and Safety in Early Childhood
As children grow and develop, so do threats to their health. From nutrition and childhood obesity to accidents, this lesson will explore the issues that face children in early childhood and what parents can do to deal with them.
2. Infant Perceptual Development and the Five Senses
What is habituation and how does it affect perceptual development in an infant? Learn the answer to this question and more as this lesson explores sensory development in infants.
3. Antibiotics and Vaccines
Do you know why children must get regularly vaccinated? Have you ever wondered how an antibiotic works and why they are so widely prescribed? If so, this lesson will help you to understand how changes in medicine have almost eliminated several deadly diseases and added decades to the average person's lifespan.
4. Allergies and Asthma: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
This lesson explores the meaning of allergies and asthma and how they may interact with one another at the same time. You'll learn about allergic rhinitis, intrinsic asthma and extrinsic asthma as well as the signs, symptoms, and treatment options of each.
5. Toxicants and Children: Why Children Are More Susceptible
Despite their small size, children are more susceptible to environmental toxicants. In this video lesson, you will learn why toxicants often have greater effects on children than adults.
6. Chronic Illness & Physical Disabilities: Effects on Human Development
What are chronic illnesses and physical disabilities? How do these conditions impact both the individual and society? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson and test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.
7. Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Asperger Syndrome
If you have never met a person with Asperger syndrome, you might wonder how they differ from you. In this lesson, we'll explore the behaviors common to people with Asperger and other autism spectrum disorders.
8. Cognitive & Social Functioning Delays: Adapting Instruction for Learners
When growing up, keeping pace with your classmates can be difficult, but for some it's much harder than others. In this lesson we will explore cognitive and social developmental milestones in terms of the developmental delays that affect school-age children.
9. Adapting Instruction for Learners With Sensory Challenges
In this lesson, we will discuss the general characteristics of children with sensory dysfunction and how teachers can adapt the classroom environment to accommodate these students.
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