OTA109 - Adaptive Technologies

Adaptive technology used in occupational therapy setting is explored through laboratory practice and field site visits. Low technology such as prosthetics, positioning equipment and adaptive aides for daily living to more advanced computer technology utilized for environmental control and augmentative communication are covered

Credits: 5

Offered: Spring


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of technology to support performance, participation, health and well-being.
  2. Teach compensatory strategies, such as use of technology, adaptations to the environment, and involvement of humans and nonhumans in the completion of tasks.
  3. Enable feeding and eating performance (including the process of bringing food or fluids from the plate or cup to the mouth, the ability to keep and manipulate food or fluid in the mouth, and the initiation of swallowing) and train others in precautions an
  4. Explain the need for and use of compensatory strategies when desired life tasks cannot be performed.
  5. Select and provide direct occupational therapy interventions and procedures, including considerations of current technology in the field, to enhance safety, health and wellness and performance in areas of occupation.
  6. Provide basic training in self-care, self-management, home management, and community and work integration to clients with varying abilities.
  7. Provide compensatory strategies for physical, mental, cognitive, perceptual, neuromuscular, behavioral skills, and sensory functions (eg. vision, tactile, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, pain, temperature, pressure, vestibular, proprioception).
  8. Adapt environments (eg. work, home, school, community) and processes, including application of ergonomic principles.
  9. Articulate principles of and demonstrate strategies with assistive technologies and devices (e.g., electronic aids to daily living, seating systems) used to enhance occupational performance.
  10. Provide fabrication, application, fitting, and training in orthotic devices used to enhance occupational performance and training in the use of prosthetic devices.
  11. Provide training in techniques to enhance community mobility, including public transportation, community access, and issues related to driver rehabilitation.
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