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2022-2023 Catalog 
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OTA 122 - Physical Disabilities 1

Credits: 3
Study of the effects of heritable diseases, genetic conditions, disability, trauma and injury to the physical and mental health and occupational performance of the individual. Study the structure and function of the human body to include the biological and physical foundation of specific clinical conditions. Includes basic assessment and treatment approaches utilized in occupational therapy intervention of the physically disabled.

Enrollment Requirement: OTA 102  and OTA 103  with grades of 2.0 or higher; concurrent enrollment in OTA 123 ; and enrollment in OTA program.

Course Fee: $12.50

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body to include the biological and physical sciences, neurosciences, kinesiology and biomechanics. 
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the social determinants of health for persons, groups, and populations with or at risk for disabilities and chronic health conditions. This must include an understanding of the epidemiological factors that impact the public health and welfare of populations.
  3. Apply scientific evidence, theories, models of practice, and frames of reference that underlie the practice of occupational therapy to guide and inform interventions for persons, groups, and populations in a variety of practice contexts and environments.
  4. Apply knowledge of occupational therapy history, philosophical base, theory, and sociopolitical climate and their importance in meeting society’s current and future occupational needs as well as how these factors influence and are influenced by practice.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of and apply the interaction of occupation and activity, including areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, context(s) and environments, and client factors.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific evidence as it relates to the importance of balancing areas of occupation; the role of occupation in the promotion of health; and the prevention of disease, illness, and dysfunction for persons, groups, and populations.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of disease processes including heritable diseases, genetic conditions, mental illness, disability, trauma, and injury on occupational performance.
  8. Demonstrate clinical reasoning to address occupation-based interventions, client factors, performance patterns, and performance skills.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of the use of technology in practice, which must include: 
    • Electronic documentation systems  
    • Virtual environments  
    • Telehealth technology 
  10. Demonstrate interventions that address dysphagia and disorders of feeding and eating, and train others in precautions and techniques while considering client and contextual factors. 
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of the intervention strategies that remediate and/or compensate for functional cognitive deficits, visual deficits, and psychosocial and behavioral health deficits that affect occupational performance.
  12. Utilize clinical reasoning to facilitate occupation-based interventions that address client factors. This must include interventions focused on promotion, compensation, adaptation, and prevention.
  13. Define strategies for effective, competency-based legal and ethical supervision of occupational therapy assistants and non-occupational therapy personnel.
  14. Locate and demonstrate understanding of professional literature, including the quality of the source of information, to make evidence-based practice decisions in collaboration with the occupational therapist. Explain how scholarly activities and literature contribute to the development of the profession.
  15. Implement a discharge plan from occupational therapy services that was developed by the occupational therapist in collaboration with the client and members of the interprofessional team by reviewing the needs of the client, caregiver, family, and significant others; available resources; and discharge environment. 
  16. Demonstrate the skills to understand a scholarly report.

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate mastery of the occupational therapy foundational content requirements.
  2. Discuss the basic tenets of occupational therapy.
  3. Conduct and document a screening and evaluation process.
  4. Intervene and implement occupational therapy processes.
  5. Assist in the management of occupational therapy services.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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