OTR 806 Occupational Therapy Process: Pediatrics

This course is designed to apply knowledge of biological, physical, behavioral, and psychosocial development of children to pediatric occupational therapy practice. Students will apply an occupation-based and client-centered approach to evaluation and intervention in a variety of occupational therapy practice contexts including schools, hospital settings, rehabilitation centers, mental health programs, and community, and home-based settings. Theoretical perspectives that integrate person, environment, and occupation will be stressed as a foundation for understanding physical and psychosocial pathology in child and adolescent populations. Research evidence from journal articles will supplement the text material to identify the most effective assessments and interventions currently available in the arena of pediatric practice. Students will synthesize knowledge of evaluation techniques including standardized tests and behavioral scales, as well as motor, sensory, or behavioral treatment approaches. They will apply clinical reasoning/problem solving to select appropriate tools, interpret, and document assessment data, and determine the appropriate occupational interventions for the age and functional level of the child. Level I Fieldwork with children and adolescents with physical and/or psychosocial disabilities will be provided to permit students to apply classroom learning to real-life clinical experience. PREREQUISITE(S): OTR800