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

Course Summary

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

2. Keywords/Themes: BMI, Obese, Overweight, Healthy
weight, Underweight, Assessing BMI, Children and Youth with Special Health Care
needs (CYSHCN), weighing a child (standard and alternative), measuring height
of a child (standard and alternative), behavioral issues, using picture
supports

3.
Course Description:

The following are
the topics that will be covered in this course:

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Module 1: Overview of BMI Assessment: Children and Youth with
Special Health Care Needs

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Module 2: Weighing the Child with Special Health Care Needs

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Module 3: Measuring Height in the Child with Special Health Care
Needs

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Module 4: Managing Behavior while Measuring BMI in the Child with
Special Health Care Needs

There is a
post-test at the end of the course. You have to score 80% or higher on the
post-test to receive a certificate of completion.

4. Intended Audience: school
nurses, dietitians, primary physicians, medical residents, pediatricians, and
nurses in clinical setting, and anyone who may need a skill to measure body
mass index in children and youth with the special health care needs.

5. Learning Objectives:

Module 1 Learning Objectives:

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • 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:

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • 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:

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • 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:

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • 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.

6. Pre-requisites/Learning Level: No pre-requisites

7. Competencies addressed:

Core Competencies for Public Health
Professionals identified:

Domain 1: Analytic/Assessment Skills

1A1. Describes factors affecting the health of a community
(e.g., equity, income, education, environment)

1A10. Uses quantitative and qualitative data

1A12. Contributes to assessments of community health status
and factors influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability,
accessibility, and use of health services; access to affordable housing)

Domain 4: Cultural Competency Skills

4A3. Describes the ways diversity may influence policies,
programs, services, and the health of a community

8. CEUs Offered: None

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length: 2 hours

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content
Experts: Stephany Mottet

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or
update: November 12, 2012