7 Contact Hours

Theories lie at the center of occupational therapy and provide its foundation. This course addresses frames of reference and theories that are typically used to guide pediatric occupational therapy practice. Several theories and examples are presented to illustrate how therapies are used and applied in practice. This entry-level course is appropriate for occupational therapists and assistants.

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 7

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 why theories lie at the center of occupational therapy practice.
  2. Differentiate between selected theories.
  3. Describe how theories provide foundation frames of reference.
  4. Explain how theories and frames of reference guide the therapist’s evaluation and intervention, and outcomes planning
  5. Using cases examples, describe theory-based occupational therapy practice.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Pediatric OT: Building Intervention from Theory

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3. Coursework - Pediatric OT: Building Intervention from Theory

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4. Course Final and Survey - Pediatric OT: Building Intervention from Theory


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion