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OCTH 131: Occupational Therapy Practice in Neurorehabilitation

Catalogue Description: This course introduces the student to the basic knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to work with individuals with neurological disorders. It includes an overview of theories of nervous system organization along with the pathophysiology and management of various neurological disorders.  

Three units. Prerequisite competence necessary from Bio 109 or equivalent, OCTH 120 or equivalent.

Class Time: Th 8:30 - 11:20 a.m.

Instructor: Winifred Schultz-Krohn PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Office: CCB 206Office Phone: (408) 924-3077

email address: winifred@casa.sjsu.edu (consider use of email as a “virtual” office appointment!)

Office Hours:  M: 9:30 - 11:30, 1:30 – 2:30; Th:  1:30 - 3:00, F 8:00 - 9:30 by appointment only

Complete course syllabus is available online at: www.sjsu.edu/depts/OT

Learning Objectives:


1. Describe the contemporary theories of nervous system organization including the following:

a.Dynamic Systems Theory

b.Motor Control/Motor Learning

c.Task Oriented Approach

2. Identify and interpret the basic results of a neurological examination in relation to specific neuromuscular functions and structures.

a. Identify the cranial nerves and demonstrate how to evaluate them.

b. Identify the difference between voluntary and involuntary movement disorders.

c. Identify how to evaluate mental status/level of alertness.

d. Explain and demonstrate how to evaluate muscle tone, coordination, sensory function,

and perceptual function in specific neurological disorders.

e. Discuss the use of neurodiagnostic tools for various disorders.

3. Identify basic etiology, clinical course, and prognosis of major neurological disorders. The student will identify the critical features of the following neurological disorders:

a. CVA

b. TBI

c. Neurodegenerative disorders

4. Identify the cardinal signs of neurological emergencies.

a. ICP

b. Status Epilepticus

5. Explain the impact of neurological disorder on the individual’s ability to engage in occupation to support participation in context.

a. Physical limitations that compromise functional task performance

b. Social and temporal factors that impact on life roles

c. Personal factors that interact with the disease or disorder process

d. Cultural interpretation of the disease process

e. Use of virtual context for engagement in occupations

6. Utilize Occupational Therapy Practice Framework to discuss how a person's disabling condition impacts on performance areas of occupation.

a. Activities of Daily Living – both ADL & IADLb. Work

c. Educationd. Play

e. Leisuref. Social Participation

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