6 Contact Hours

Occupational Therapists play a critical role in the development of self-care skills in children living with a disability. This course addresses self-care skills in children with disabilities and provides occupational therapists tools to analyze and assess self-care tasks to identify client factors that affect performance, while also providing specific examples and a model for clinical problem-solving and intervention. This entry-level course is appropriate for occupational therapists and assistants.

Chapter 8 Outline

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 6

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach (2012)" Edited by Shelly J. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Anita C. Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA. Copyright 2012 FA Davis. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Explain how body functions and structures, performance skills, routines and habits, and activity demands all affect a child’s engagement in activities of daily living (ADL) tasks and participation in occupations.
  2. Describe how cultural influences determine the ADL tasks that are expected of children at various ages and are therefore critical to planning assessment and intervention.
  3. Identify formal and informal approaches for examining ADL tasks, activity demands, and the context in which the tasks occur.
  4. Describe intervention strategies, including task analysis, modeling, prompting, grading, assistive devices, and visual supports, that assist children in becoming as independent
    as possible in their own ADL skills.
  5. Apply concepts for analyzing self-care tasks to the specific tasks of eating and feeding, sleep and rest, personal device care, and sexual expression.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - I Can Do It Myself! Developing Self-Care Skills in Children

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3. Coursework - I Can Do It Myself! Developing Self-Care Skills in Children

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4. Course Final and Survey - I Can Do It Myself! Developing Self-Care Skills in Children

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion