Occupational Therapy

Medical Fundamentals of Paediatrics

Lecture, 2.00 ECTS


Course content

The students
• acquire knowledge of disorders of body structures and functions concerning the musculoskeletal system (in the field of paediatrics, neuropaediatrics and paediatric oncology) and their effects at the structural, functional, activity and participation level.
• acquire knowledge of causes, symptoms, diagnosis and medical treatment and rehabilitation of selected disorders.

Learning outcomes

The students have knowledge of disorders of body structures and functions in the fields of paediatrics and neuropaediatrics and their effects at the functional, activity and participation level. The students are able to combine the medical basics with occupational therapy models and theories. They learn to perform the occupational therapy process in paediatrics with a special focus on an occupation-oriented and client-centred treatment approach including relevant preparatory measures and fundamentals of the clinical reasoning process and the relevant environment.
Cognitive level:
The students
• understand the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and rehabilitation of selected paediatric disorders and can derive restrictions in their clients‘ daily routines in terms of self-care, productivity and leisure.
• are made familiar with processes of clinical reasoning in occupational therapy and are able to reflect on them and apply them to case examples.
• can adapt their actions to the occupational therapy process in paediatrics.
• can identify the physical, cognitive and affective components as well as external factors of the performance context.
• can link and translate their knowledge of the occupational therapy process to the requirements in paediatrics.
• are familiar with the established diagnostic methods and their applications in the occupational therapy process .
• know about treatment approaches in occupational therapy and can link them to the daily lives and environments of their clients.
Psychomotor level:
The students
• can apply occupational therapy process models to practical case examples.
• can perform the occupational therapy process in the field of paediatrics, including the steps of problem identification, planning, implementation as well as quality assurance, evaluation, documentation and reflection.
• practise observation, analysis and instruction of paediatric clients.
• apply evidence based practice to selected paediatric problems.
• can conduct professional information and consultation interviews and establish a trustful relationship with clients.
Affective level:
The students
• develop training and learning strategies for professional practical skills.
• experience themselves in different communicative roles as patient, learner, proband and instructor.
• experience borderline situations in therapy with regard to their own experience and perception and can reflect on them and communicate them to others.
• reflect on their self-competence in the role as a therapeutic decision maker and at all levels of therapeutic intervention.
• understand and use the advantages of joined-up action.

Contribution to the acquisition of competences according to FH-MTD-AV Annex 5, 8 and 9: FMK1-2, FMK4-7, FMK 9, FMK10-11, FMK14, SKS 3-5

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules 1-12

Assessment methods and criteria

written or oral module exam