OTA206 - Developmental Disabilities

This course focuses on students learning about the functional implications of various pediatric diagnoses on areas of occupation: self-care, play, education, and social participation while considering sociocultural and ethical issues when working with children and adolescents and their families. These experiences promote essential critical thinking and clinical reasoning abilities in students as they learn to apply theoretical frames of reference in pediatric occupational therapy and develop assessment skills and intervention plans for children and adolescents with various diagnoses. Lab experiences will be part of the class, and allow students to practice specific occupational therapy assessment measures and intervention techniques for infants, children and adolescents.

Credits: 8

Offered: Winter & Summer


  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of normal and atypical human development throughout the life span (infants, children, adolescents).
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common developmental disabilities and their potential impact on participation and performance in typical daily activities.
  3. Articulate the importance of using statistics, tests, and measurements during the evaluation process, specifically for assessment of pediatric diagnoses, needs, and outcome measures
  4. Articulate the importance of families in the OT process when working with a pediatric client.
  5. Understand the role of occupational therapy among different systems with pediatric clientele, specifically school systems, outpatient clinics and early intervention programs and transitional programs.