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Course overview

With the significance placed on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, understanding typical infant and child development is essential for anyone working with young children, and especially those interventionists, care workers and professionals working with children that have any form of disability, or special needs and barriers to learning. In this course, we discuss different theories and perspective of childhood development and then move on to discussing the different stages of development from birth up until 3 years old.

“This course is a model for training early childhood intervention providers to gain knowledge about families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This is a great step forward in assuring foundational knowledge of those providing family centred care to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.” – Christine Yoshinaga-Itano

Course curriculum

  • Module 1: Foundations of learning and development
  • Module 2: The Neonate & Infant: 0-3 months milestones
  • Module 3: Infant development: 3-6months
  • Module 4: Infant development: 6-9 months
  • Module 5: The Infant: 9-12 months
  • Module 6: The toddler: 12-18 months
  • Module 7: The toddler: 18 – 24 months
  • Module 8: The young child: 24 – 36 months

Course outcomes

  • Discuss the foundations and core theories of infant and child development
  • Describe the holistic development of the neonate and 0-3 month old infant
  • Describe the holistic development of the 3-12 month old infant
  • Describe the holistic development of the 12-36 month old toddler and young child


Prof Claudine Storbeck, Caitlin Wakefield

Course summary

Format: Wits certified online short course
Certification: Wits University certificate of competence
Duration: 10 weeks
Breakdown: 8 weeks consecutive online lectures, one exam in week 10
Hours per week: 5 to 7
Language: English

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Prof Claudine Storbeck, Caitlin Wakefield

Prof Claudine Storbeck

Prof Claudine Storbeck is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has been involved in issues surrounding Deaf Education and Deaf Studies for 27 years.

Caitlin Wakefield

Caitlin Wakefield studied Audiology at UKZN, graduating in 2015. After completing her community service year, she joined KwaThintwa School for the Deaf as an Audiologist and has been working with preschool learners for the last four years.