Provides an overview and analysis of varied measures of occupation and occupational performance and relates these measures to theoretical practice constructs and outcome measures within diverse practice settings. Diagnostic measures used across the rehabilitation continuum are explored. The process of screening, evaluation, referral, and diagnosis as related to occupational performance and participation is emphasized. Students will analyze and evaluate various contexts and policy issues as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy. Creation of an integrated personal frame of reference for professional practice is required for successful completion.
This course aligns with knowledge, skills, and understanding of developing the competency for completing OT 900: Occupational Therapy Capstone through enhancing clinical reasoning and clinical practice skills related to diagnosing occupational performance and participation problems within varied service delivery contexts. Students learn about measurement at the macro level (influences of policy on practice), mezzo level (influences of healthcare systems on practice), and micro level (evidence-based OT assessments applied to specific populations). Additionally, students engage in advocacy activities including using AOTA’s Legislative Action Center to learn about policy and communicate with legislators and through participation in an Interprofessional Education Workshop with students from other health disciplines (e.g., physical therapy, speech-language pathology).
Emphasizes practice issues concerning the occupations of aging. Areas of focus include changes in physical, sensory, perceptual, and cognitive function, as well as examination of emotional and spiritual health. Transitions in late life as influenced by personal and environmental factors are investigated. Interventions designed to promote health and wellness, the prevention of injury and chronic disease management will occur. This course has a lab component to provide the opportunity to apply knowledge and develop reasoning skills for entry-level practice. Learning outcomes include designing and implementing evidenced based interventions focusing on theoretical frames of reference applicable to aging populations.
Provides an experiential learning project within a retirement community that creates the opportunity to better understand the lifestyles of older adults. Insight into client factor changes, occupational performance patterns rituals and routines, and contextual demands of housing and environmental influences that affect occupation are explored. Integrated learning outcomes offered with concurrent programming in OT 790 through online and face-to-face seminar discussion as well as occupational therapy practice competency outcomes will occur.
This is a specialty topic course focusing on current and emerging practice areas for a student’s enhanced learning beyond general entry-level practice. Multiple specialty topics will be available for student selection, and each topic will be delivered using methods and assignments that align with the nature of the topic. Students have the opportunity to focus on advancing knowledge, skills, and competence in focused practice areas by selecting 1 – 3 areas to explore over the 3-week experience. This course has lab components that align with the unique structure for the specialty topics selected for providing the opportunity to apply knowledge and develop reasoning skills within the selected practice areas of the student’s choice. Effectively communicating and working to evaluate and design occupational therapy intervention(s) and measuring therapeutic outcomes within specific context(s) are highlighted.
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