Advanced Interpersonal and Communication SkillsThis course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice the interpersonal and communication skills required to work effectively in a health care team. Through an experiential learning approach, students practice the following skills: leading teamwork, establishing team norms, setting team goals, resolving conflicts, building group cohesion, problem solving, and evaluating team performance. Engagement in and facilitation of effective verbal and nonverbal communication is explored.
Communication Disorders This course provides students with an overview of major speech and language problems that can impair the rehabilitation client's ability to communicate effectively. Students learn strategies to improve interactions with clients with communication disorders, and are introduced to common assistive communication devices. The course also provides students with a basic understanding of swallowing and swallowing disorders.
Fitness and WellnessThis course uses the curriculum developed by canfitpro's (Canadian Fitness Professionals) Personal Training Specialist Course to provide students with the training necessary to evaluate, design and monitor individual and small group fitness programs for clients without specific health problems. Students apply their understanding of the musculoskeletal, pulmonary, cardiovascular and nervous systems to fitness, wellness and basic training principles. They learn how to screen and evaluate the fitness level of new personal training clients, how to incorporate a warm-up, cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and cool-down into a safe and effective workout, and how to provide basic counseling on nutrition and weight management. In addition, the course will help students apply their understanding of fitness and wellness to rehabilitation programs by describing principles of health promotion, disease prevention and a wellness approach to rehabilitation. By the end of this course, students will be eligible to take the canfitpro theory and practical exams and become certified as Personal Training Specialists with canfitpro.
OTA Therapeutic Techniques for ChildrenThis course prepares students to enable engagement in meaningful activities of daily living with children and adolescents. Topics covered include typical and atypical development, developmental theories, diagnoses related to pediatrics, assessment tools, and interventions for children and adolescents regarding self-care, productivity and leisure. The concept of family-centred care is applied to the occupational therapy process. The role of the OTA in understanding and contributing to the occupational therapy plan, and in supporting the OT in service delivery is explored.
Group Intervention in Occupational TherapyThis course prepares students to assist in the design and delivery of group treatment programs in occupational therapy. Through interactive labs, students apply the principles of group intervention directly to their own experience, learn how to lead an occupational therapy group, and realize the potential benefits and challenges of group intervention. The stages of group development as well as various frames of reference related to group intervention are examined. Students also have the opportunity to write a group protocol for a client population of their choosing.
OTA Therapeutic Techniques in Mental HealthIn this course, students build on previous coursework by focusing on therapeutic use of self, activity and environment, as it applies to working with clients with psychiatric disorders. Topics covered include diagnoses and medication related to mental illness, and interventions with clients regarding performance of daily activities, education, work, leisure, and social participation. Students develop the skills needed to perform activity analysis, and to describe and respond to mental health symptoms.
OTA Therapeutic Techniques for Older AdultsThis course prepares students to enable engagement in occupation with older adults. Topics covered include health promotion, age related disease processes, cultural diversity, splinting, seating systems, wheelchair mobility, and working with caregivers. Students develop skills to address physical and cognitive challenges that impact daily function in older adults. The role of the OTA in safely and efficiently implementing assigned service components within the occupational therapy process is examined. Students also apply evidence-informed research to occupational therapy intervention.