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OTA 120 - Developmental Disabilities 1

Credits: 3
An introduction to the principles of growth and development and the effects of common heritable diseases, genetic conditions, mental illness, disability, trauma and injury in children.  Includes instruction in the OT process, assessments and interventions that are based on the frames of references that are used to meet the needs of children with diverse conditions.  Students also learn the role of the COTA and how the profession continues to evolve based on changing societal influences and needs.  

Enrollment Requirement: Concurrent enrollment in OTA 121 ; and enrollment in OTA program.

Course Fee: $28.00

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of:
    • The structure and function of the human body to include the biological and physical sciences, neurosciences, kinesiology, and biomechanics.
    • Human development throughout the lifespan (infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults). Course content must include, but is not limited to, developmental psychology.
  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 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.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of disease processes including heritable diseases, genetic conditions, mental illness, disability, trauma, and injury on occupational performance.
  5. Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders: Demonstrate interventions that address dysphagia and disorders of feeding and eating, and train others in precautions and techniques while considering client and contextual factors.
  6. Factors, Policy Issues and Social Systems: Identify and explain the contextual factors; current policy issues; and socioeconomic, political, geographic, and demographic factors on the delivery of occupational therapy services for persons, groups, and populations and social systems as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy.
  7. Identify role and responsibilities of the OT and COTA in the school setting vs. private practice setting in working with children with disabilities.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the principle of typical development in children and understand how developmental milestones influence development throughout the human life span.
  9. Describe general symptoms and effects of common developmental disabilities, orthopedic disabilities, movement disorders, genetic disorders, autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and other physical and mental disorders.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of oral motor development, precautions, and techniques to provide interventions which address functional limitations surrounding feeding and eating performance in children.

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate mastery of the occupational therapy foundational content requirements.
  2. Conduct and document a screening and evaluation process.
  3. Intervene and implement occupational therapy processes.
  4. Describe the context of occupational therapy services.
  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.

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