This course introduces students to essential concepts in the care of children and their families to promote, maintain, and restore health and balance to the pediatric client. Concepts influencing and impacting care are explored. These concepts are growth and development, communication, coping and adaptation, common health imbalances and the nursing process related to care of the child in both well and acute care settings. Included are subconcepts of nutrition and pharmacology. The child is viewed as a member of the family (tiwahe) as well as a member of the society/tribe (tiospaye) and is believed to be influenced by the culture and environment.