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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Occupational Therapy for Children” Sixth Edition by Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Jane Clifford O’Brien, PhD, OTR/L © 2012, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This course focuses on children from infancy to adolescence and gives comprehensive coverage of both conditions and intervention techniques in all settings.  The text includes the latest research and theories, new techniques, and current trends to keep you in step with the changes in pediatric occupational therapy practice with a strong focus on evidence-based practice.

The course is organized into sections that reflect the knowledge and skills needed to practice occupational therapy with children.  All though the modules of this course contain related information, each module stands on its own, such that they do not need to be read in a particular sequence.  Case reports exemplify related concepts with the chapter and are included to help the reader integrate the material.  You can expect throughout the entire course research notes boxes, evidence-based summary tables and case study boxes to assist each learner in a better understanding of the material.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 832 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 7 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).

Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 6:  Assistive Technology, Mobility, Neonatal Intensive Care and Early Intervention
Chapter 20:  Influencing Participation through Assistive Technology
Chapter 21:  Mobility
Chapter 22:  Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Chapter 23:  Early Intervention

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Influencing Participation through Assistive Technology, Mobility, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Early Intervention.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss influencing participation through assistive technology.
  2. List Burkhart’s “secrets” to support children’s successful engagement.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge in the child- and family-centered approach to assistive technology.
  4. Explain the evaluation and intervention process using assistive technology.
  5. Identify assistive technology assessment tools.
  6. Discuss funding of assistive technology in school districts.
  7. Define and discuss alternative and augmentative communication.
  8. Differentiate between linguistic, operational, social and strategic competence.
  9. Discuss assistive technology available for mathematics.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge in the early stages of mobility.
  11. Explain assessment and intervention for mobility.
  12. Identify alternative mobility devices.
  13. Discuss the appropriate use of power wheelchairs.
  14. Identify the benefit of various wheelchair features such as tilt-in-space, recline and backrest adjustability to the user.
  15. Discuss the assistive technology seating guidelines.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge in occupational therapy services in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  17. Explain nursery classification and regionalization of care.
  18. Demonstrate knowledge in developmentally supportive care.
  19. Discuss the NICU environment.
  20. Identify common medical equipment implemented in the NICU.
  21. Explain family inclusion in developmental support of premature infants.
  22. Identify the ‘Golden Rule’ of occupational therapy evaluation and intervention with NICU infants.
  23. Differentiate between in-turning, coming-out, and reciprocity in preterm neurobehavioral organization.
  24. Discuss infant massage and its role as an intervention to promote growth and development of preterm and low birth weight infants in the NICU.
  25. Demonstrate knowledge in early intervention from infancy to three years of age.
  26. Explain the use of the family systems perspective in early intervention.
  27. Identify the challenges to implementing therapy in natural environment.
  28. Discuss working with medically fragile children.
  29. Identify the four main types of sensory processing difficulties.