Occupational Therapy 656

OCTH 656: Special Topics in Adult Rehabilitation

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of OCTH 640, 642, 644 and 646 or permission of the Chair

Credit Hours: (2)

An overview of specialty services in physical dysfunction practice, including work programs/ergonomics, low vision rehabilitation and driver rehabilitation.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

Topics include:

  • The role of the occupational therapist in work programs, low vision rehabilitation, and community mobility
  • Specialty training and certification programs in work/ergonomics, low vision and driver rehabilitation
  • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Vocational evaluation
  • Job demands analysis and worksite evaluations
  • Work conditioning/work hardening programs
  • Ergonomic evaluation and problem-solving
  • Injury prevention programs
  • The development and process of functional vision
  • Optometric assessment and treatment of low vision
  • Occupational therapy and team interventions for low vision
  • Visual rehabilitation of the neurologically involved person
  • Use of public and private transportation
  • Car transfers and driving from a wheelchair
  • Driver evaluation and clinical assessment for driving
  • Driver interventions and follow-up services


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The material presented in readings and lectures will be reinforced through videotapes, demonstration, case studies and practice with those assessments and interventions appropriately used by entry-level practitioners.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

 At completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the appropriateness of and discuss mechanisms for referring clients for additional services to specialists internal and external to the profession;
  2. Given a workplace scenario, use ergonomic principles to modify the environment and adapt processes for the worker;
  3. Given a case study of a client with low vision, explain the functional implications of his/her optometric assessment and suggest appropriate occupational therapy and team interventions;
  4. Given a case scenario, provide recommendations for community mobility and address issues related to driver rehabilitation.


Assessment Measures

Participation in demonstration and practice sessions, tests and graded intervention plans may be used to assess the outcomes of this course.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

February, 2009