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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines occupational performance limitations as a result of neurodevelopmental, and neurological impairments impacting on sensory-motor performance. Theory and practice of occupational therapy assessment and intervention for occupational performance limitations associated with sensory-motor impairments across the lifespan are presented.

Unit content

  • Overview of theories of motor control and sensory motor processing
  • Sensory motor disturbances of neurological origin in adults and children: Impact on occupational performance
  • Application of handling principles to position adults and children for dressing, play and transport (carrying, seating, mobility)
  • Application of sensory motor strategies through grading of physical prompts - Analysis of normal and abnormal body movement with emphasis on reach, grasp and release during occupational performance of adults and children with brain impairment
  • Integrating use of physical prompts and equipment to promote performance in adults and children with brain impairment.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss neuromaturational and sensory processing theories in the context of occupational performance
2 describe and use standardised and observational procedures to measure sensory motor function during occupational performance
3 demonstrate knowledge of sensory motor problems commonly found in adults and children who have sustained brain impairment
4 plan appropriate occupational therapy interventions that are aimed at improving sensory motor aspects of the whole body and upper limb during occupational task performance
5 evaluate the effectiveness of interventions intended to rectify problems identified

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss neuromaturational and sensory processing theories in the context of occupational performance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. describe and use standardised and observational procedures to measure sensory motor function during occupational performance
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. demonstrate knowledge of sensory motor problems commonly found in adults and children who have sustained brain impairment
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. plan appropriate occupational therapy interventions that are aimed at improving sensory motor aspects of the whole body and upper limb during occupational task performance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. evaluate the effectiveness of interventions intended to rectify problems identified
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Case-Smith, J & O'Brien, JC, 2015, Occupational Therapy for Children, 7th edn, Mosby Elsevier, Missouri. ISBN: 978-0-323-16925-7.
  • Radomski, MV & Trombly Latham, CA, 2014, Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 7th edn, Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. ISBN: 9781451127461.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.