Unit description

Examines occupational performance limitations as a result of neurodevelopmental, and neurological impairments impacting on sensory-motor performance. Theory and practice of occupational therapy assessment and intervention for occupational performance limitations associated with sensory-motor impairments across the lifespan are presented.

Unit content

  • Overview of theories of motor control and sensory motor processing
  • Sensory motor disturbances of neurological origin in adults and children: Impact on occupational performance
  • Application of handling principles to position adults and children for dressing, play and transport (carrying, seating, mobility)
  • Application of sensory motor strategies through grading of physical prompts - Analysis of normal and abnormal body movement with emphasis on reach, grasp and release during occupational performance of adults and children with brain impairment
  • Integrating use of physical prompts and equipment to promote performance in adults and children with brain impairment.

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Case-Smith, J & O'Brien, JC, 2015, Occupational Therapy for Children, 7th , Mosby Elsevier, Missouri. ISBN: 978-0-323-16925-7.
  • Radomski, MV & Trombly Latham, CA, 2014, Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 7th edn, Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. ISBN: 9781451127461.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book30%
Case study30%
Exam: viva20%

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