Occupational therapy for children from vulnerable groups

Course Code: TO 217 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Psychology • Field of study: Occupational Therapy
Type of course: Elective (1 of 2)
Language of instruction: English
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Sebastian Claudiu Stefani
Seminar tutor: Sebastian Claudiu Stefani
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Lecture
Number of teaching hours per semester: 28
Number of teaching hours per week: 2
Semester: Summer
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2

Course aims:

Acquisition of knowledge and skills to be able to carry out Occupational Therapy interventions with children from vulnerable groups

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

  1. Relevant concepts and theories in the field of Occupational Therapy with children:
  2. Development of the occupation in childhood: concepts and theories on development during childhood, occupational skills and competences.
  3. Evaluation in occupational therapy with children from vulnerable groups: purpose of evaluation, standardized tests, advantages and disadvantages of standardized tests, ethical issues.
  4. Therapeutic intervention: motor control, ecological context, motor performance, motor dysfunctions, application of motor control and learning theories.
  5. Hand functioning, assessment and intervention: components of hand motor skills, factors that influence hand mobility, development of hand motor skills in children.
  6. Sensory integration: sensory integration theory, sensory integration problems, therapeutic interventions with children with sensory integration problems.
  7. Interventions to promote social participation in children: impairments of social participation in children, assessment of social participation, interventions for the development of social skills.

Teaching methods:

Lecture, conversation, examples

Learning outcomes:

-Students will know how to identify and evaluate occupational performance in children in specific occupational areas;

-Students will be able to identify and evaluate problematic situations related to children's behavior,

-Students will know the methods and intervention strategies for increasing the occupational performance of children in different areas of occupation,

-Students will know how to design and apply therapeutic interventions in children;

Students will know how to develop therapeutic relationships with children and motivate their participation in activities,


Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written exam

Recommended reading:

Smith, Case Jane, O Brien Jane Clifford., Ocupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Elsevier, St. loouis, 2015, 1-65.
Serkan Perkcetin, Ayla G√ľnal., Early Intervention in Pediatric Occupational Therapy,, Intech, London, 2017, 65-96.
none, none, none, Abrud, 2005, 300.