CE: Medical Based Pediatric Practice - OT Refresher Course

This course was designed for occupational therapists interested in expanding their knowledge of the roles of OT in pediatric medical settings. Learners will review the occupational therapy process of referral, evaluation, documentation, intervention planning and discharge in a medical pediatric setting. Concepts of child and family centered care, reimbursement, and ethical considerations in practice will also be addressed. 


Course Objectives:

  • Describe the influence of theory and frames of reference on provision of medical-based pediatric occupational therapy services.
  • Explain the impact of regulations and policies on occupational therapy practice in pediatric hospital and outpatient settings.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of other rehabilitation and medical service providers to determine appropriate referrals and opportunities for inter professional collaboration for the purpose of providing safe, comprehensive and quality care.
  • Compare and contrast common pediatric conditions in a medical based setting and the expected patterns and progressions associated with the condition(s) that limits occupational performance and participation.
  • Compare and contrast the properties of various standardized and non-standardized occupational therapy assessment and screening tools commonly administered in medical based pediatric settings.
  • Select appropriate assessment tool and approach for purpose of identifying performance skill deficits and client factors impacting occupational performance and participation using medical based pediatric case studies.
  • Analyze the statistical and clinical interpretation of assessment results used to determine the need for skilled occupational therapy intervention, the frequency and duration of services, and the guide for establishing goals and intervention approach in a medical based pediatric setting.
  • Analyze prioritized, client and family centered goals used to guide occupational therapy services in a medical-based pediatric setting.
  • Given case scenarios, select appropriate evidenced based, occupational therapy interventions that are developmentally and medically appropriate to address treatment goals.
  • Describe components of family centered models of practice utilized in medical based pediatric intervention and strategies for optimizing occupational performance/enhancing quality of life.
  • Describe discharge criteria that are consistent with professional standards, facility policy and procedures, and guidelines governing occupational therapy practice.
  • Define standards of ethics that guide practice in occupational therapy.

Contact hours: 16
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.6
NBCOT Professional Development Units (PDUs): 20
AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes.

The University of Minnesota is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, provider #7872.  This online course is  offered at 16 contact hours (1.6 AOTA CEU's). Course level: Introductory level. Categories: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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