5 Contact Hours

Teams are a core part of practice for occupational, physical, and speech therapists who work in pediatrics. At the very least, they comprise of the child, family, and the therapist(s), but may include many others. When professionals and families work together, they can better address the needs of the child and his or her family. This course focuses on answering three basic questions: 1. What is a team? 2. How do teams operate? 3. How can therapists collaborate effectively on pediatric teams to address the needs of a child and his or her family. This entry-level/refresher course is appropriate for occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and assistants.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA, SLP

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 5

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. List the characteristics of teams that set them apart from other groups of individuals.
  2. Describe models of team functioning and development.
  3. Explain how a team’s mission and members’ personal agendas influence team interactions.
  4. Describe pediatric teams in which occupational therapists typically participate, including  early intervention, school, and medical teams.
  5. Explain why families form the nucleus of any team, and describe how that influences the therapist’s actions. 
  6. Describe how individual roles and functions influence a team’s developmental operations and interactions, including communication strategies and team decision-making.
  7. Identify strategies to address some of the common challenges to pediatric teamwork.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - The Pediatric Team: Working Together to Help A Child Succeed

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3. Coursework - The Pediatric Team: Working Together to Help A Child Succeed

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4. Course Final and Survey - The Pediatric Team: Working Together to Help A Child Succeed


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion