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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

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.

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

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.