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OCC5141

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Bourke-Taylor

Synopsis

This unit will comprehensively cover occupational therapy assessment and management options for young children with developmental delays and common diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy. Etiology and epidemiology of conditions and the occupational therapy role in evaluation are described. The impact of accommodating the significant needs of a child with a disability in a family will be described and the impact on both all family member's occupational therapy service delivery explored in depth. Students will learn about occupational therapy methods using the International Classification of Functioning and Disability (ICF) and family centred practice. Key aspects of the child's development, including communication and social skills, self care, motor skills, cognitive skills, and play will be examined. The impact of a child's delayed development or additional care needs on mothers (as primary carers) and other family members, will be described and family centered service delivery emphasized. Co-occupation will be highlighted as the main framework for understanding the child's development of occupational performance within daily childhood occupations and family routines. Interventions will be evaluated via guidelines for evidence based practice. The major frameworks for current early intervention methods will be evaluated. Learning will be experienced in the online classroom environment and students will examine several case studies in detail.

Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Compare the WHO ICF, Social model of disability, the premises of the United Nations Charter on the rights of children and occupational therapy practice for young children with delayed development and additional care needs.
  2. Evaluate the impact of a young child's disability on the occupations of the primary caregiver and the family.
  3. Demonstrate occupational therapy practice that accommodates the needs of the primary carer and other family members.
  4. Explain both typical and atypical childhood occupations and development in the first five years and the impact of major developmental disabilities.
  5. Evaluate the occupational therapy needs of a young child with developmental delay within the home, and community contexts.
  6. Design an occupational therapy program that is family centered and builds the young child's strengths, capabilities and participation in family life.
  7. Design an occupational therapy program that accommodates the needs of the primary caregiver.
  8. Select appropriate occupational therapy intervention applicable to young children with a range of different disabilities (i.e. Autism, cerebral palsy) to improve the development of capabilities in childhood occupations.
  9. Explain evidence based occupational therapy management options that the young child's participation in home, school and community life, as well as the families functioning.
  10. Develop professional report writing skills that aptly describe a child's capabilities, challenges that optimize the child's supports, in preparation for school entry.
  11. Identify evidence-based practice approaches to occupational therapy interventions for young children with delayed development or diagnosis of a lifelong disability.

Assessment

Assessment includes attendance requirements, a 30 minute presentation at a seminar (20%) and submission of a 1,000 word summary (10%), and active participation in online discussion boards, research reviews and proposals and short quizzes (3,500 words total over 8 weeks)(70%).

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

60 hrs interaction with online lectures and course material, and participation in online tutorials, communications with other students and tutor (online delivery only), 16 hrs seminar attendance (including one day in the initial week and one in the last week with a 30 minute presentation), 1 written assignments (1000 words), Eight discussion postings (3, 500 words); 88 hours of private study.