CG08 Physical care and disabilities

7 hours

Some tamariki in foster care have extra requirements, which everyone has a responsibility to think about and plan for. Every child is unique, and caregivers need to develop the skills and tools to confidently complete the most caring tasks for tamariki in care.

Any medical diagnosis or identified impairment or condition will be important, but while this might indicate some of the tamariki’s needs, it should not define who the tamariki is. All our tamariki want is to be safely and securely cared for, have relationships with whānau and other tamariki, opportunities to play, have fun and learn.

This training course helps caregivers to develop essential knowledge and skills for tamariki and rangatahi with disabilities.

This course explores common physical health issues for tamariki entering care, and how caregivers can collaborate with health care and community providers to support their tamariki’s medical needs, as well as spiritual, whānau and mental health.

Learning aims:
  • How to promote inclusion for all children.
  • Awareness of how disability can be stigmatised, and how this can be challenged.
  • How to help children get the most out of life and meet their particular special needs.
  • Meaningful activities to help tamariki and rangatahi participate in what they need and/or want to do.
  • The importance of play and prompts to support play.
  • How to communicate with health care providers and other necessary organisations.
  • An introduction to trauma informed neuro- sequential child development.
  • Social skills and emotional regulation activities.
  • How to access respite care and other available needs.