Gordon Muir Giles, Dip COT, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Department of Occupational Therapy
Samuel Merritt University
EARN: .15 AOTA CEUs (1.88 NBCOT PDUs/1.5 contact hours)
This course defines what is meant by functional cognition and introduces the next three courses in the functional cognition series. In addition, the course provides evidence for the types of interventions that occupational therapists can effectively use with people who have various levels of cognitive impairment. Screening will be highlighted as an efficient method of determininig if clients are experiencing cognitive deficits that are impacting occuipational engagement and that require further evaluation and analysis.
This course also provides information describing how functional cognition is a distinct occupational therapy perspective that differentiates our profession from others. You will learn about the advantages for OT practitioners when using this concept and how it relates to our overall professional practice.
Following this course, the learner will be able to:
1) Describe the evidence for rehabilitation of individuals with cognitive deficits
2) Define functional cognition, in terms of history and the distinct perspective of occupational therapy
3) Describe the format and underlying principles of screening and assessment of functional cognition
4) Describe how screening and assessment play a part in the development of the Occupational Profile
5) Describe how screening and assessment findings inform choice of an occupational therapy intervention