This course presents an introduction to occupational therapy, including the historical development, philosophy, models of practice, theoretical concepts, and the influence of socioeconomic status and ethnicity on occupational performance. Emphasis is on the roles of the occupational therapy assistant. Topics include the role of occupations and activities in daily life and health and wellness; education and functions of occupational therapy professionals in the US and abroad; an introduction to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework III (OTPF III) as it applies to clients and influences practice; current health care environment and the emphasis on client participation.
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