General Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Assessment and Intervention

About the Course: 
Pediatric occupational therapy has a wide range of specialties. Use of standardized tests in the evaluation process is examined as well as the configuration of statistical aspects for scoring standardized tests. Various standardized tests are portrayed and categorized as to the field of assessment the test is intended. This course aims to provide evaluation methods and treatment strategies for the following common fields: sensory integration, visual perception, prewriting and =handwriting skills, hand development, ADL’s and play, feeding, and challenging behaviors.

Course Objectives: 
At the end of this course the participant will be able to: 
  • Identify primary purposes of OT evaluations, the differences between standardized, criterion-referenced, and norm-referenced tests, the steps to thorough examination, the purposes and characteristics of standardized tests, and how to compute basic statistical data for standardized tests. 
  • Identify components of basic hand skills, normal and abnormal developmental of hand skills and various grasps, general motor problems that affect hand skills, examples of tools and methods used in a comprehensive evaluation for hand skills, and guidelines to interventions. 
  • List occupational therapy evaluation methods and interventions for sensory integration including neurobiologically based concepts, sensory integration development and milestones, and sensory integration problems and how they affect learning and child occupation. 
  • Recognize interventions and strategies for children with difficult behaviors including behavioral management approaches. 5. Identify feeding intervention strategies including mechanics of swallowing, oral motor development, evaluation and treatment strategies to include positioning, adaptations, and modifications. 
  • Identify various methods for evaluation for activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, and play and approaches to improve performance for activities of daily living. 7. Identify developmental milestones for prewriting and handwriting skills, and handwriting evaluations and intervention strategies. 
About the Instructor: 
Cynthia Diaz, OT,
graduated from Florida International University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007. Cynthia gained a great deal of experience in evaluating and treating common orthopedic issues while working for an orthopedic clinic at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. In 2013 she relocated to Arizona with her small family and has continued to further her knowledge base through study, continuing education courses and continues to treat patients through home visits. Cynthia is married and has two small children.

This course is a video, on-demand course.