SCO501 - Cognitive and Developmental Disorders

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Subject Title
Cognitive and Developmental Disorders

Subject Description
This course will focus on the developmental and cognitive disorders that occur across the human life span and their implications in the quality of life of patients that require specific therapeutic recreation interventions. The following areas are explored: the physical effects of teratogens on the developing foetus; PDD; ADD/ADHD; communication disorders; learning disorders; conditions of disruptive behaviour. In the older client, the various classifications of dementia as well as neuro-degenerative diseases of the brain will be examined.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Outline how various types of cognitive and developmental disorders impact therapeutic recreation intervention planning.
  2. Explain how dementia and other forms of intellectual disability impact therapeutic recreation intervention planning.
  3. Examine the role of the recreation therapist in treating cognitive and developmental disorders within a legal, ethical, and practical context.
  4. Summarize common developmental and cognitive disorders found across the human life span and how they require therapeutic recreation interventions.
  5. Propose general techniques for encouraging the educational process in those with learning disability or disruptive behavioural challenges.
  6. Apply strategies to enhance the communicative process between recreation therapist and client.

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