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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

OT 130 - Occupational Therapy Interventions

Credit Hours: 4

Students will be introduced to a variety of OT interventions related to ADL and IADL performance including dysphagia, bathing and dressing, functional and community mobility, driving and adaptive equipment. Students will also become familiar with preparatory interventions to include PAMS, orthotics, and prosthetics. Students will explore the purpose and methods of data collection through a variety of assessments across the life span. The course will include the teaching/learning process.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of OTA with regard to Occupational Therapy data collection and evaluation;
  • articulate the importance of using statistics, tests and measurements used in occupational therapy to support evidenced based practice;
  • gather and share/report data for the purpose of screening and evaluation; administer selected assessments including standardized assessments using appropriate protocols, use of occupation for the purpose of assessment  and evaluation of client outcomes;
  • identify the role of the OTA and OT in the screening and evaluation process to include the importance and rationale for supervision and collaboration;
  • identify when to recommend to the OT the need for referring clients for additional evaluation;
  • accurately measure joint range using a goniometer;
  • describe grading of muscle strength: trace through normal;
  • describe and demonstrate the use of strength assessment utilizing a dynamometer and pinch meter;
  • describe normal and abnormal tone;
  • provide therapeutic use of occupation-based activity, practice skills, and preparatory methods; 
  • select and provide direct OT interventions and procedures to enhance  health and wellness and safety of self/others during performance in ADL, IADL, work play/leisure and the OT process;
  • demonstrate PROM to both UES & LES;
  • modify home and community environments and tasks, incorporating  principles of ergonomics;
  • select and demonstrate the use of assistive technologies relative to ADLs, IADLs and seating systems to enhance occupational performance, foster participation and well-being;
  • provide training in techniques and use of equipment to enhance safe  mobility, i.e. functional mobility, transfers, wheelchair management, mobility devices;
  • provide training in techniques to enhance community mobility, public transportation, community access and driver rehabilitation;
  • demonstrate sound judgment and proper body mechanics for lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying to ensure safety of patient and therapist;
  • demonstrate the ability to measure and select wheelchairs based on client functional needs;
  • grade and adapt the environment, tools, materials, occupations, and interventions;
  • fabricate a piece of adaptive equipment appropriate to client functional needs;
  • enable feeding and eating performance (including process of bringing food/fluids from plate/cup to mouth, ability to keep and manipulate food/fluid in the mouth, initiation of swallowing) and train others in precautions and techniques while considering client and contextual factors;
  • provide fabrication, application, fitting, and training in orthotic devices used to enhance occupational performance and training in the use of prosthetic devices;
  • provide training in self-care, self-management, home management, and community/ work integration skills, as well as prevention, health and safety to client/family, or caregivers utilizing therapeutic-use-of-self and evidenced-based teaching/learning strategies and methods;
  • recognize the use of superficial and mechanical modalities as a preparatory intervention; in terms of intervention planning demonstrate safe and effective administration of superficial thermal and mechanical modalities to establish goals; while adhering to precautions and contraindications;
  • demonstrate an ability to educate and train the client, family, caregiver, and significant other to facilitate skill in occupation as well as prevention, health maintenance, health promotion, and safety; and 
  • use the teaching-learning process with client, family and significant others; collaborate with the OTR and learner to identify appropriate educational methods.

Prerequisites: BI 150, BI 151, OT 101, OT 102
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