2 Contact Hours

This entry-level/refresher course illustrates how direct intervention addresses both underlying concerns and occupation-centered outcomes for children living with disabilities. Theories and frames of reference will be discussed as well as strategies to facilitate outcomes. This course is appropriate for occupational therapists and assistants.

Audience: OT, COTA

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 2

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 importance of play as a means and an end within pediatric occupational therapy.
2. Explain the contribution of neural plasticity to the impact of pediatric occupational therapy on development.
3. Identify the ways in which multiple frames of reference are embedded into the clinical reasoning of an occupational therapist.
4. Compare and contrast three major frames of reference: sensory integration, neurodevelopment treatment, and cognitive/skill building approaches.
5. Apply each of these frames of reference to examples from pediatric practice.
6. Using an integrated case, describe the use of multiple frames of reference developed within and outside of occupational therapy, and describe the applications for intervention on complex cases.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Direct Intervention: What Should We Play Today?

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3. Coursework - Direct Intervention: What Should We Play Today?

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4. Course Final and Survey - Direct Intervention: What Should We Play Today?

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion