THE IMPACT OF THE OPIOID CRISIS ON YOUNG CHILDREN:

The Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University is involved in two training initiatives focusing on educating childcare professionals on the impact of the opioid crisis on young children. One project is an online training module and the other project is an online ECHO network. Scroll down for more information.

An Online Training Module for Childcare Professionals

The focus of training is on the impact of the opiate crisis on young children. Early childhood educators/care providers with any level of experience are recommended to participate in the training. The training includes pre-and post-training questions to assess learner knowledge. The training is an interactive, online module and will include information on the following topics:

  1. The current status of the opiate epidemic,
  2. Basic brain development related to the biology of addiction,
  3. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and other developmental outcomes of prenatal exposures,
  4. Trauma-informed care, including strategies to work with children in the classroom and
  5. Information on practices to implement when concerns arise with a child’s development.

Interviews with experts, foster parents, and early childcare providers are included to provide testimony of effective approaches for use with this population of children. Information will also be presented in the context of a case scenario.

Study participants will complete questions before and after completing the web-based training. Completers of the training and pre and-post-test can receive free continuing education credits from the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA).

Please click here to complete the pretest: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kZru5thD93gj2d

After completing the pre-test you should be directed to the training, if not, please click here

An Online ECHO Network for Childcare Professionals

The focus of this project is to educate early childhood practitioners to better support children of the opioid epidemic. The training is a distance-based professional learning and development program that will include information on the following topics:

  1. The current status of the opiate epidemic
  2. Basic brain development related to the biology of addiction
  3. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)/ Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) and other developmental outcomes of prenatal exposures
  4. Trauma-informed care, including strategies to work with children in the classroom
  5. Information on practices to implement when concerns arise with a child’s development
  6. The impact of this work on the care provider/secondary traumatic stress and strategies to support caregivers

The Nisonger Center will partner with the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) at Wyoming University and the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for this project. Nisonger Center and Cincinnati will be developing and piloting the curriculum. WIND will lead the development of the ECHO™ network for implementation of the curriculum to promote practices that support children and families impacted by opioid misuse. Project ECHO is a distance-based professional learning and development program model for health care providers, based on videoconferencing, case-based learning, and ongoing disease management. WIND has successfully translated this model for education, and will utilize this expertise with the NAS/NOWS grant.

Through the piloting of the curriculum and interdisciplinary training model, this initiative is intended to link research to practical application in local communities, improve outcomes, provide opportunities to share knowledge and findings with national networks and federal agencies, and to provide recommendations for future interventions.

This Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities project being administered through the Association of University Centers on Disability represents a collaboration among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

For more information contact ….

Jessy Thomas at jessy.thomas@osumc.edu or Dr. Andrea Witwer at andrea.witwer@osumc.edu