OT 5730: Assistive Technology

Course description

This course offers an examination of the role of the occupational therapist in the provision of technology as aids to activities of daily living. The student learns to design, evaluate, and select assistive technology that is effective and safe, to assist in self-care, work and play/leisure (performance areas/performance components).

Relationship to curriculum design

This class provides opportunity for the student to discover new information and knowledge in the area of technology, and integrate that information with previously learned knowledge in order to apply the knowledge and critical thinking to case scenarios and people in the community who need technology. The students will also reflect on current equipment/devices and knowledge and determine the effectiveness of these devices and knowledge for optimal practice. Students will be evaluated in the problem-solving competency: the competent occupational therapy graduate recognizes problems in practice, analyzes problems from various perspectives and takes appropriate steps to address problems. The graduate integrates this ability with other abilities such as critical-thinking, creativity, adaptability, and innovation to address practice problems through a rational decision-making process and the Context Competency 9a: The competent occupational therapy graduate provides effective intervention to individuals and groups by responding to the many factors that influence human occupational performance. These factors include social, economic, political, geographic, and demographic. 9b: Through sensitivity to practice trends, various service models, and incorporation of OT resources from the national and international level, the graduate is able to respond to the broader context of occupational therapy practice.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate written communication skills at the graduate level. Assignment: EBP paper.
  2. Employ logical thinking, critical analysis, problem solving and creativity by matching technology to a person. (B1.2, B.5.9) Assignments # AT device and AT plan/recommendations.
  3. Evaluate appropriateness and discuss mechanisms for referring clients for additional evaluations to specialists who are internal and external to the profession. (B4.9, B.5.23) Assignment: AT plan/recommendations.
  4. Provide recommendations and training in techniques to enhance mobility, including community mobility and address issues related to driver rehabilitation. (B5.11) Assignment: letter to older adult regarding driving.
  5. Select and teach compensatory strategies such as use of technology, adaptations to the environment, and involvement of humans and nonhumans in the completion of tasks (B5.20) Assignment: application of AT to person.
  6. Differentiate among the contexts and current governmental policy issues of healthcare, education, community and social systems and their regulations as they relate and affect the practice of occupational therapy. (B6.1, and B 6.2) Assignment: AT plan and recommendations.
    • Describe and discuss strategies to assist the consumer in gain access to occupational therapy services. (B9.12) Assignment: funding request letter.