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Contact Hours Awarded: 3

In this course, we will discuss strategies and techniques used to facilitate nursing and medical care in special needs children. This population of patients is extremely rewarding to care for, but they also have complexity that challenges medical staff on a daily basis. Variations in pain expression, verbal ability, physical dissimilarities, and cognitive deficits coupled with potentially anxious or knowledge impaired caregivers are just some of the things that these patients may present with. Having an improved knowledge base regarding these special types of patients will improve health care’s ability to provide the best care. In this course we will discuss strategies used to overcome these barrier and provide high quality care to special needs children.

Course outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. Overview
  4. Autism
  5. Care of Patients with ASD
  6. Autism Case Study
  7. Cerebral Palsy
  8. Care of Patients with CP
  9. Cerebral Palsy Case Study
  10. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  11. Care of the Patient with ODD
  12. Oppositional Defiant Disorder Case Study
  13. Sensory Impairment
  14. Care of the Patient with Sensory Impairment
  15. Sensory Impairment Case Study
  16. The Caregiver (Often an Extension of the Special Needs Child)
  17. Special Needs Caregiver Case Study
  18. Conclusion

Accreditation statement: Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

More course information

In this course we will discuss strategies that nurses may utilize in order to facilitate nursing and medical care in special needs children. It will take the average reader 150 minutes to complete.

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify and differentiate common childhood learning and developmental disorders.
  • Understand how to approach and communicate with special needs children.
  • Identify strategies and techniques which promote cooperation and comfort in special needs children.
  • Understand how to care for and work with family/caregiver of special needs children.

Target audience:

Registered Nurses (RN)

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for completion:

1.) Enrollment in the course by the learner

2.) Read and learn all course materials

3.) Complete the course evaluation

4.) Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Course offering: # 13

Accreditations and approvals:

ANCC (Provider# P0614)
California BRN (Provider# 17418)
Kentucky Board of Nursing (Provider# 7-0090)

Course expiration date: March 1, 2022

Conflict of interest statement: Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial in in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson Time: 15 days
  • Special Needs Children: How To Care For Our Most Fragile Patients  0/1



Cathy graduated from Desales University in 1996 with Magna Cum Laude honors. She has since been working with special needs children in a multitude of capacities, giving her over 20 years experience.

Sarah Schulze, MSN, APRN

Sarah is a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She has diverse nursing experiences including intensive care nursing and nursing instruction. She received her MSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently practices as an APRN in a pediatric clinic.


In this course we will discuss strategies that nurses may utilize in order to facilitate nursing and medical care in special needs children.