Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Examines the impact of occupational performance limitations on education, leisure and play in children and adolescents due to physical, cognitive and psychosocial dysfunction and environmental constraints. Provides the opportunity to develop skills in methods used to assess, maintain, restore and enhance education, leisure and play roles.

Unit content

  • Overview of play and school occupations
  • Revision of child/adolescent development
  • Understanding school/education systems and associated regulatory policies, and guidelines
  • Pre-school, school, school-to-work occupations and transitions
  • Issues with participation in education and leisure/play
  • Occupational Therapy frames of reference used in paediatrics, including
    • Ecological frame of reference
    • Sensory-integrative frame of reference
    • Neurodevelopmental frame of reference
    • Biopsychosocial frame of reference
    • Adaptive/Compensatory frame of reference
    • Cognitive and learning frames of reference
  • Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions used in paediatrics, play and school
  • Ergonomics, assistive technology and children

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Case-Smith, J & Obrien, J, 2015, Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, 7th edn, Elsevier Mosby, St Louis. ISBN: 978-0-323-16925-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (8 weeks )
Laboratory session 2 hours (8 weeks )
Community/Professional placement 40 hours (Across session)
Seminar 4 hours (1 week)
Case study50%
Reflective writing30%
Community Engaged Learning SR

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