Occupational Performance from Birth to Adolescence Syllabus for 2021-2022
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OTHA-1241-001 Occupational Performance from Birth to Adolescence


Corequisite: OTHA 1415

Course Description

Occupational performance of newborns through adolescents. Includes frames of reference, evaluation tools and techniques, and intervention strategies.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(2 sem hrs; 1 lec, 4 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistants, 4th Edition, Solomon and O'Brien.

OT Practice Framework: Domain & Process 2nd Edition, AOTA



Computer access, including print capability and Power Point program

Supplies for student preferred method for note taking

Supplies to prepare presentations and assignments, as determined by student

Student Performance

Goals: Given the course textbook, personal notes, handouts, and other course materials, the student should accomplish each of the following course goals as evaluated by the course instructor:

1.  Learn the general principles of the normal workings of the human body, beginning with birth, in order to distinguish what is disease and abnormality from what is normal

2.  Apply the frames of reference for pediatrics to organize the theoretical base and move into practical application through a functional perspective. 

3.  Be knowledgeable of the pathologies, etiologies and general medical and therapeutic treatment of diseases and injuries treated in childhood in occupational therapy settings, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in childhood disorders

4.  Have a working knowledge of instruments and methods of evaluation used in pediatrics and be able to apply appropriate treatment procedures, including sensory motor, cognitive psychological and psychosocial.

5.  Understand and be able to apply the occupational performance areas of life tasks in which children engage.


B. Competencies - Given the learning methods, course textbooks, personal notes, handouts, and other course materials, the student should be able to do each of the following on written examination with accuracy of not less than 74.5% as evaluated by the course instructor.

1. Understand theoretical foundations of growth and development as a base for occupational therapy practice.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of factors that support of interfere with human growth and development from infancy through pre-adolescence.

3. Understand pathology, pathogenesis, disease, etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in childhood disorders.

4. Identify legitimate tools of practice used in occupational therapy to bring about a change.

5. Understand the importance of context in childhood development and treatment intervention.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate use of pediatric frames of reference in practice.

7. Demonstrate knowledge of childhood and adolescent psychosocial mental health disorders and their effect on occupation.

8. Have knowledge of family system theory and the importance of including the family in child's treatment.

9. Be knowledgeable of evaluation procedures used in pediatric occupational therapy.

10. Recognize practice issues and performance areas used in the implementation of occupational therapy in pediatrics.


ACOTE standards incorporated in this course - (effective July 31,2020)


Demonstrate knowledge of:  - The structure and function of the human body to include the biological and physical sciences, neurosciences, kinesiology, and biomechanics. - Human development throughout the lifespan (infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults). Course content must include, but is not limited to, developmental psychology. - Concepts of human behavior to include the behavioral sciences, social sciences, and science of occupation. (B.1.1)

Demonstrate knowledge of the social determinants of health for persons, groups, and populations with or at risk for disabilities and chronic health conditions. This must include an understanding of the epidemiological factors that impact the public health and welfare of populations.  (B.1.3.)

Define the process of theory development and its importance to occupational therapy. (B.2.2.)

Demonstrate knowledge of scientific evidence as it relates to the importance of balancing areas of occupation; the role of occupation in the promotion of health; and the prevention of disease, illness, and dysfunction for persons, groups, and populations.  (B.3.4.)

Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of disease processes including heritable diseases, genetic conditions, mental illness, disability, trauma, and injury on occupational performance. (B.3.5)

 Demonstrate therapeutic use of self, including one’s personality, insights, perceptions, and judgments, as part of the therapeutic process in both individual and group interaction.  (B.4.1.)

Demonstrate an understanding of the intervention strategies that remediate and/or compensate for functional cognitive deficits, visual deficits, and psychosocial and behavioral health deficits that affect occupational performance.  (B.4.9.)

Understand and articulate care coordination, case management, and transition services in traditional and emerging practice environments.  (B.4.20.)

 Identify occupational needs through effective communication with patients, families, communities, and members of the interprofessional team in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the promotion of health and wellness.  (B.4.23.)

Identify and communicate to the occupational therapist the need to design community and primary care programs to support occupational performance for persons, groups, and populations. (B.4.27.)

Define the systems and structures that create federal and state legislation and regulations, and their implications and effects on persons, groups, and populations, as well as practice.  (B.5.4.)


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

1.     Dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Refer to the “Student’s Rights and Responsibilities” pamphlet for details on handling of dishonesty.

2.     There will be no use of cell phones or pagers in the classroom during class time, unless directed by the instructor.  All devices must be put on silent during class and lab hours.

3.     Class facilities (phone, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen) are to be used only for learning experience.

4.     Courtesy and respect are expected between the student and instructor.  Students are expected to be attentive to the instructor, guest lecturers, and oral presentations of peers.

5.     Students will abide by department dress code.  If professional dress is not followed, student will not be allowed on the outing and will receive a zero for that class.  Makeup of that outing will not be allowed.

6.     Students are expected to demonstrate high regard and respect for all persons during off-campus visits.  Lack of respect for anyone by any student will result in immediate dismissal of the student/s from the situation and a grade of zero for that day.

Grading Criteria

  The final course grade will be computed as follows:

  Content Examinations                  30%                              

  Portfolio                                        20%     

  Clinical Fieldwork                        20%         

  Final Examination                        30%        



A. Content Exams-Each exam will be over the information presented since the previous exam (or the start of the semester for the first exam) and will be announced in advance.  If an exam is missed, for any reason, the exam will be made up during the week of final examinations.  Detailed instructions for the make-up time and place will be given out the week before finals.  The format for the make-up exam will be at the discretion of the instructor and may differ from original exam format.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain test information – no review will be given. The maximum achievable score will be a 95.  Bonuses will be answered but will not be factored into the exam grade.

B. Quizzes-Quizzes will test knowledge of any/all previous lectures/readings.  They may or may not be announced and may be given at anytime during the course of the class.  A quiz cannot be made up for any reason. 

C. All Assignments/Presentations-All in-class, out-of-class, or presentations must be completed on time.  They will not be accepted late for any reason. 


Amarillo College endorses attendance as a key to success.  Attendance is required for successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. 


At the beginning of each lecture and lab, students will be expected to sign the roster provided by the instructor.  Failure to sign in will result in the student being marked absent for attendance purposes even if a student is present in class and seen by the instructor. 


Each student will be allowed only one absence for lecture or one for lab in the course.  After the first absence, a penalty of three (3) points will be deducted from the student's final course grade for each subsequent absence.  For example, a student who misses three (3) lectures will have six (6) points deducted from the final grade for the course.

Full attendance of class time is also expected.  A student will be counted as "absent" if the student is out of class more than 15 minutes of a class time.  For example, if in a given day a student arrives 5 minutes late to class, takes an extra 5 minutes for break and leaves class for 5 minutes for any reason (phone calls, appointments, bathroom breaks, illness), that student is then considered "absent" for the day.  This type of absence counts in the total number of absences resulting in lowering of the final course grade.


Week 1 –  Course/text overview; Scope of Practice, Family Systems, Medical Systems

Week 2 – Medical Systems, Educational Systems, Community Systems; Review

Week 3 – Principles of Normal Development

Week 4 – Principles of Normal Development; Development of Performance Skills

Week 5 – Development of Occupations, Adolescent Development

Week 6 –  Adolescent Development; Review

Week 7 – Pediatric Health Conditions; Intellectual Disabilities

Week 8 – Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Obesity; other childhood diagnoses


Week 9 – PRESENTATIONS: Childhood Diagnoses, Review

Week 10 – Positioning and Handling; Motor Control and Motor Learning

Week 11 – Motor Control and Motor Learning; Development of Occupations, Activities of Daily Living, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

Week 12 – Play and Playfulness, Therapeutic Media, Review

Week 13 - Review; Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 14 – Play and Playfulness and Therapeutic Media Labs, Fieldwork Prep.

Week 15 – CLINICAL OFF CAMPUS PLUS debriefing; schedule TBA

Week 16 – Final Exams Week

Additional Information

The following grade scale applies throughout this course:

A = 92.5 - 100

B= 83.5 - 92.4

C= 74.5 - 83.4

F= 74.4 and below

Syllabus Created on:

08/22/21 11:50 AM

Last Edited on:

08/22/21 11:50 AM