5 Contact Hours

This entry-level course is about children who look the same as other children but who have difficulty mastering school and home tasks and interacting with others due to learning dis- abilities or intellectual disabilities. Although the disabilities of children with visual or motor deficits are often immediately obvious, learning and intellectual disabilities may be hidden. You may not recognize that children have difficulty with learning until you have investigated how they learn and observed how their specific difficulties impact on everyday performance at home and at school. This course provides occupational therapists and assistants a closer look at learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities in children and provides intervention strategies for occupational therapists to maximize their functional potential.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

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. Explain the fact that learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities are complex collections of clinical signs that often coexist with other disorders.

2. Identify the protective and resource factors that provide children with resilience against developmental challenges.

3. Use the concepts of stages of learning as one means to plan assessment and intervention for children with learning and intellectual disabilities.

4. Describe other platforms for assessment and intervention with children with learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Learning Disabilities: Occupational Therapy Assessment and Treatment

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3. Coursework - Learning Disabilities: Occupational Therapy Assessment and Treatment

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4. Course Final and Survey - Learning Disabilities: Occupational Therapy Assessment and Treatment


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion