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PTA 106 THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND GERONTOLOGY

PTA 106 – Therapeutic Intervention in Child Development and Gerontology

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PTA 106 Therapeutic Intervention in Child Development and Gerontology

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PTA 101

Co-requisites:  PTA 102                                                 Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description:  This course introduces the student to human development throughout the lifespan. Students learn about acquisition of gross and fine motor skills in the pediatric population and the concept of positioning and adaptive equipment.  Normal infantile reflexes are introduced and the affects of persisting abnormal reflexes are discussed. Emphasis is placed on equilibrium and righting reactions and the normal/abnormal developmental sequence. Geriatric pathology is presented and students are trained to recognize and treat age-related changes affecting all biological systems.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. recognize and describe normal and abnormal development across the lifespan;
  2. recognize pathologies and treatments for the pediatric population; and
  3. recognize and describe the special needs of the geriatric patient populations.