4 Contact Hours

Impairment of the vision and hearing senses in children can have a pervasive impact on a range of childhood occupations across all environmental contexts. This entry-level course for occupational therapists and assistants begins with a discussion of children with vision impairment and the functional implications of their vision loss on their everyday lives. It then moves onto a discussion of children with hearing impairment and the effects that hearing loss has on children as social beings. At the end, particular attention is paid to children with dual sensory impairment and the unique manifestations this condition can present. Each section briefly addresses strategies that occupational therapists can employ to enhance their intervention with children with sensory impairment.

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 4

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. Describe the unique nature and functional impact of vision and hearing impairment on childhood occupations.

2. List the range of conditions that can cause sensory loss.

3. Develop intervention strategies that enable children with sensory impairment to achieve long-term independence and actively perform their occupational roles.

4. Identify key areas of skill development essential for promoting long-term independence in adulthood.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Treating Children with Visual and Auditory Impairments

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3. Coursework - Treating Children with Visual and Auditory Impairments

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4. Course Final and Survey - Treating Children with Visual and Auditory Impairments


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion