Medical Knowledge

Acquire knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g., epidemiological, social-behavioral) sciences and apply this knowledge to patient care. Medical knowledge comprises the biological basis of developmental disabilities; environmental factors affecting individuals with disabilities and their families; the interaction of biological and environmental forces; clinical presentations; and, treatment options. Specific objectives related to this competency include:

  • Describe the biological mechanisms in development and behavior (e.g., development and functional organization of the central nervous system, genetics, biological risk factors)
  • Evaluate family and societal factors that contribute to children’s development and family functioning
  • Discuss adaptations to general health problems and their treatments (e.g., acute illnesses, chronic illnesses, physical disabilities, hospitalization)
  • Appraise complementary and alternative therapies for developmental-behavioral conditions