This course in the physical performance series addresses psychosocial development from birth to adolescence. Developmental theories and models of psychodynamics, cognition, behavior, and occupations are examined. The DSM-IV diagnostic categories for disorders of children and adolescents are included such as learning disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, and anxiety disorders. Specific emphasis is on the emotional development, social interactions, and physical play environments of young children and adolescents. The effects of dysfunction on the occupations of the child/adolescent are studied including contextual effects on the family, and societal systems. Therapeutic assessment and intervention for occupational dysfunction in this age range will be explored. Level I Fieldwork is integrated within the course work affording the opportunity to apply classroom experiences to real life clinical experiences.
PREREQUISITES: All general education and program requirements as well as all 100, 200 & 300 level OTR courses.