This is the first of two courses examining the role of assistive technology in promoting optimal occupational functioning across the lifespan. This course will provide an introduction to the theories and principles of assistive technology intervention for occupational performance disruption during childhood and adolescence. Performance contexts and their impact on occupational performance and use of assistive technology will be examined. Various types of assistive technology used at home, in school, and in the community will be explored. Students will be required to apply activity analysis skills in problem solving and developing assistive technology interventions. Students will be introduced to the utilization of assessment data and assistive technology in the therapeutic process. Legal, ethical and funding issues will also be introduced. Student will participate in classroom activities and hands-on labs to construct simple assistive devices. Field trips and Level I Fieldwork observations and assignments will be used to apply classroom learning.
PREREQUISITE(S): All general education and program requirements as well as all 100, 200 & 300 level OTR courses.