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Occupational Therapy

0501. Advanced Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy   (3 s.h.)

Introductory course in the structure and function of theory and its importance for the advanced practitioner. Particular emphasis is placed on the process of critical structural and functional analysis of theories, specifically those theories currently popular in occupational therapy practice and those applicable to the students` areas of clinical specialty.

0621. Collaborative Studies in Assistive Technology I.   (1-3 s.h.)

An historical perspective, legislative issues and issues of professional practice utilizing a model that fosters collaboration with consumers and providers. The course will cover general purpose assistive technologies with application across a wide range of areas.

0622. Collaborative Studies in Assistive Technology II.   (1-4 s.h.)

This course is a continuation of information provided in Part I, covering advanced assistive technologies in augmentative communication and telecommunication, positioning, seating and mobility. The fundamental unifying concept in the course is a framework that includes consumer participation in the service delivery process.

0630. Developmental Issues in the Early Years: An Occupational Therapy Perspective   (3 s.h.)

Current social, cultural, legal and economic trends affecting developmental dysfunction and occupational therapy intervention in physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive and psychosocial areas, from neonatal to adolescence will be explored.

0631. Assessment Tools for Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practice   (3 s.h.)

Hands-on comparison and analysis of selected assessment tools common in pediatric practice are expanded to goal setting and treatment planning.

0632. Occupational Therapy Intervention in Pediatrics   (3 s.h.)

Concepts in occupational therapy intervention in pediatrics will be explored and related to treatment planning and intervention procedures in the varying contexts in which pediatric occupational therapists are employed.

0633. Family Centered Care   (3 s.h.)

Students will have the opportunity to explore family systems, parent professional partnerships, family centered services, family centered teams, and interagency collaboration. They will explore models of self help, empowerment and service delivery as well as techniques for eliciting and developing family service plans and interagency networking.

0640. Concepts in Gerontological Rehabilitation I.   (3 s.h.)

An introduction to the fields of geriatrics and gerontology with special emphasis given to the review of theoretical perspectives and research in gerontological rehabilitation, as well as biological, social, medical, psychological/psychiatric, and environmental factors that influence the aging process.

0642. Aging in Place: A Challenge and Opportunity   (3 s.h.)

This course builds on concpets introduced in OT 640 to explore further the contribution of occupational therapy to health promotion and disease/injury prevention for the community dwelling elder. Students will explore the challenges as well as the supports that are required by this population to maintain a high quality of life. In an active learning environment graduate students will gain experience with assessments, interventions and program planning strategies designed to prepare them to positively influence this emerging area of practice.

0661. Supervisory Processes   (3 s.h.)

Supervisory techniques and processes as they relate to health care personnel management; the recruitment, selection, staffing, and direction of personnel, focusing on facilitative techniques to foster continued professional growth, development, participation, and retention.

0664. Advanced Management in Health Related Service Delivery   (3 s.h.)

An examination of management, administrative, economic, legal, and social issues as they impact upon the provision of occupational therapy services and other health related professions. This course illuminates the unique facet health care occupies within the free market and how occupational therapy and other health related services fit within that definition. Particular emphasis will be placed upon economics and the application of these concepts in optimizing service delivery.

0672. Neurobiological Foundations of Sensory Integration   (3 s.h.)

The development of the theory of sensory integration will be presented. The neurobiological foundations of the theory will be examined in light of current research. The application of this information to the therapeutic intervention will be addressed and demonstrated through videotapes and practice sessions.

0673. Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) Administration and Interpretation   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: 672.

The standardization methods, reliability and validity of the 17 tests of the SIPT battery will be analyzed. The mechanics of each test will be presented and will be practiced in a supervised setting. Students will be individually observed in test administration. The testing of sensory processing as one aspect of sensory integration will be included. The interpretation of findings, report writing and establishment of treatment goals will be practiced. Gathering evidence of sensory integration and sensory processing problems based on a variety of measurement instruments will also be addressed. Students are eligible for Sensory Integration International certification on completion of 0672 and 0673 and successful completion of the SIPT certification examination.

0674. Sensory Integration Practice Applications   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: 672, 673.

The application of sensory integration and sensory processing principles to occupational therapy intervention will be presented. Techniques used in various settings and with various conditions will be addressed and demonstrated through videotapes, clinic visits, practice sessions and case presentations.

0880. Independent Study   (1-3 s.h.)

Focus is on furthering the student`s knowledge and skills in a specialized area of individualized study.

0881. Clinical Specialty Practicum   (1-3 s.h.)

Opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to translate theoretical knowledge into a selected area of clinical specialty practice. Practicum experience must fulfill the students` pre-determined goals for increased expertise.

0882. Seminar in Occupational Therapy Specialty   (1-3 s.h.)

Advanced knowledge from academic, administrative, and/or clinical management perspectives in occupational therapy area of specialty.

0883. Interdisciplinary Seminar: Children Birth through Six   (3 s.h.)

This interdisciplinary course prepares therapists to work with children from birth through six years of age. Students will learn the laws, policies and procedures required in service delivery to this population. Experiential opportunities will highlight the development of interdisciplinary teams, including the role of the family, its culture and values, as team members. Potential ethical dilemmas will be explored which can emerge as systems and agencies struggle to work together to provide a seamless system of service delivery. Disciplines include but are not limited to: education, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, school psychology and nursing.

0990. Action Research Seminar   (3 s.h.)

Scholarship, theory building, application of frames of reference to clinical practice, and validation of the activity approach to encourage the integration of theoretical knowledge and practice. Students will identify an individual problem, and develop strategies for its solutions through the development of a thesis proposal.

0991. Master`s Thesis   (1-3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: 990.

For students in the process of research and writing of their thesis, in order to fulfill requirements for graduation.