Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The course explores the development and occupational functioning of children, youth within families. It will examine various aspects of childhood/youth and related conditions along with associated occupational needs. Students will develop understanding of relevant assessments, important aspects of functioning during childhood/youth and interventions used for children/youth.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of developmental milestones

2. Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of play in development

3. Express knowledge of common childhood disorders and associated occupational needs.

4. Demonstrate understanding of relevant standardised assessments for particular children/youth

5. Develop relevant Family/Person-centred goals and interventions.

6. Determine how to enable occupational engagement of children and youth in their chosen play/leisure, self-care and productivity occupations.

7. Appraise skills and barriers to child occupational performance as they relate to specific disabilities and disorders

8. Create a plan for assessment and treatment based on knowledge of skills and barriers to child occupational performance


This course uses lectures, experiential laboratories and case- based tutorials to explore the development of children and youth within their families.

It discusses common conditions that occur during development and the effects 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.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT2150, OCCT2151, OCCT2252 OCCT2253, SOCA2505 and PSYC2505.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes - in class

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment (Design and Evaluate a Play session)

Presentation: CBL Group Presentation

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.