Introduces students to the practice of occupational therapy for individuals whose occupational performance has been impacted by a range of cognitive/mental impairments. Through lectures and laboratories, students will develop theory driven and practical clinical reasoning skills to guide their approach to assessment and intervention for clients with cognitive impairments.
Topic 1: Introduction to Cognition Assessment and Intervention
Topic 2: General Principals of Cognition – theoretical overview and models of cognitive function
Topic 3: Consciousness, Attention and Orientation – functional anatomy of brain
Topic 4: Methods of assessing cognitive functioning and setting appropriate client centred goals
Topic 5: Perception – assessing sensory function and exploring theories of perception and sensation in
relation to occupational performance and treatment
Topic 6: Memory and Orientation – how these affect functional performance and occupational therapy intervention
Topic 7: Executive Function – planning, problem solving and judgement and how these impact functional performance
Topic 8: Application of knowledge to specific case studies
Topic 9: Sleep and Sleep Hygiene
Topic 10: PRPP – Perceive, Recall, Plan, Perform
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate knowledge of the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performance||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||identify and describe characteristics of cognitive impairments impacting on the occupational performance in children and adults with neurological, developmental, learning or mental health disorders.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||develop evidence based intervention principles and strategies that include those used by a range of professionals as well as those specific to occupational therapists||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||design and implement occupational therapy programs that are client-centred and occupation-embedded to address the impact of cognitive impairment on everyday task performance for people with impairments and their families||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|5||critically analyse major theoretical frameworks that have shaped occupational therapy assessment and intervention in this area of practice||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||analyse and report how perceptual deficits impact task performance in individuals with traumatic brain injury||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Not essential to purchase but would be an excellent resource to have: Brown, C & Stoffel, VC, 2011, Occupational Therapy In Mental Health, FA Davis Company, USA. ISBN: 978-0-8036-1704-9.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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