Body Mass Index Assessment: Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Course Description
This course is designed to equip healthcare providers and ancillary staff with the knowledge and tools to measure body mass index in children and youth with special health care needs. The following are the topics that will be covered in this course:

  • Module 1: Overview of BMI Assessment: Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  • Module 2: Weighing the Child with Special Health Care Needs 
  • Module 3: Measuring Height in the Child with Special Health Care Needs
  • Module 4: Managing Behavior while Measuring BMI in the Child with Special Health Care Needs

Course Objectives
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Module 1 Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the implications of facts about overweight or underweight children
  • Describe how Body Mass Index (BMI) is used in weight assessment
  • Calculate a Body Mass Index (BMI) score
  • Interpret a child's Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile
  • Recognize the importance of assessing BMI in CYSHCN
  • Explain the challenges experienced while measuring BMI in this population

Module 2 Learning Objectives:

  • Properly implement the standard procedure for weighing a child
  • Properly implement two alternative procedures for weighing a child who uses a wheelchair
  • Identify the nuances that may arise when interpreting weight values in CYSHCN

Module 3 Learning Objectives:

  • Properly implement the standard procedure for measuring height of a child
  • Identify certain instances in which specialized methods of obtaining height of a child are required
  • Properly implement two alternative procedures for measuring height of a child who is wheelchair-bound

Module 4 Learning Objectives:

  • Anticipate the behavioral issues that may exist while measuring BMI
  • Implement effective strategies for addressing behavioral issues while measuring BMI
  • Make proper use of picture supports while taking height and weight
  • Make proper use of the Peer Modeling Video for height and weight

Instructor Bio 
Script and narration for the presentation is prepared by Stephany Mottet. A biosketch can be found within the course.

Course Duration
This course is estimated to take 2 hours to complete.

Release Year
2012

Register for this course through TRAIN