Course Description

This course examines the impacts of chronic illness on the development of young children. Theoretical frameworks and current research from developmental paediatrics are explored and critically evaluated. Specifically, young children's adaptation to illness and hospitalization will be analyzed through case study examples and problem solving exercises. The role of the child life specialist and evidence-based practice is addressed with particular emphasis on interventions aimed at ameliorating the impact of illness.


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.


Prerequisites: CCLD 342 or CYC 605

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