Course Description

Providing Services to Young Children explores issues related to etiology, pathology, and characteristics of disabilities, as well as understanding the nature of disabilities, cultural perspectives on disabilities, infant and toddler mental health, current knowledge related to specific disabilities, and typical development. An emphasis is placed on the interaction among body structure/function, activity, and participation. Additionally, the course emphasizes the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to partner with families and communities. Topics include cultural and linguistic competency, developing family partnerships, collaborative leadership, community development, collaboration, cooperation, and interest-based decision-making.

Course Objectives


By the end of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • Differentiate the etiology of a variety of common disorders and disabilities identified in children from birth through age 5
  • Appreciate the influence of culture when serving children with disabilities and their families 
  • Be aware of issues related to infant, toddler, and young children's mental health
  • Describe the characteristics of specific, common disabilities



Course Registration

Enrollment in this course is restricted. Students must submit an application and be accepted into the Certificate in Early Intervention in order to register for this course.

Current Georgetown students must create an application using their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account.

Course Format

Providing Services to Young Children is an online course. Registered program participants must log in to Blackboard to access this course.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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