Children, Youth & Families: An Occupational Approach

Course code OCCT3264Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

The course explores the development and occupational functioning of children, youth within families. It will explore various conditions common to children and the impact of these conditions upon the child/adolescent, their families and their occupational needs in self-care, productivity and leisure. Students will develop understanding of assessments and interventions used for children/youth, relevant occupations and possible environmental adaptations. They will explore interventions focussed upon Family/Person-centred practice using case studies and experiences in different contexts.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesOn completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of developmental milestones.
2. Express knowledge of common childhood disorders and associated occupational needs.
3. Employ appropriate standardised assessments for particular children/youth.
4. Develop relevant Family/Person-centred goals and interventions.
5. Determine how to enable occupational engagement of children and youth in their chosen play/leisure, self-care and productivity occupations.
ContentThis course uses lectures, experiential laboratories and case- based tutorials to explore the development of children and adolescents within their families. It discusses common conditions that occur during childhood and adolescence and the affects of these conditions upon occupational engagement and functioning in play/leisure, self-care and productive occupations. It includes consideration of standardised assessments often used within these areas of practice and development of relevant interventions resulting from information gathered through assessment and discussion with relevant stakeholders including families, other health professionals and teachers.
Replacing Course(s)Children, youth and family issues are currently completed in 4 weeks as part of the OCCT2200 course. These issues require a full semester for students to reach an adequate level of synthesis and evaluation of the knowledge and techniques required of a commencing therapist.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents will have completed 2.5 years of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program. This course builds on that foundational knowledge.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsIndividual written assigment will involve evaluating a play session
Group/tutorial participation and contributionIn-class quizzes
Presentations - GroupCase -based learning
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Practical: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Compulsory Program ComponentSuccessful completion of two 8 week practice placement blocks OCCT2254
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for OCCT3264