75285 - Occupational Therapy (CE)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has the knowledge and ability to understand the mode of action of rehabilitation following the principles of Occupational Therapy. He knows and understands the abilities and limitations of the main systems of measurement of autonomy. He knows how to plan and implement interventions of recovery of autonomy allowed by the residual potential in major disability. It has the ability to apply knowledge and understanding about the types, classification, use and application of assistive technology for the self-care and self-protection, for the care of the home, mobility, sports and freetime, for communication and for environmental control. He knows the type, use and application of orthoses of rest, correction, static and dynamic and functional and traditional and modular prosthesis.

Course contents

- Definition of TO, historical and theoretical principles

- The figure of the occupational therapist: professional profile

- Comparison between the professional profiles of the Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist

- Evaluation of the person: concepts of function, autonomy, independence, empowerment

- Scale of assessment of activities of daily living (FIM - Barthel - COPM)

- Definition of aids, orthotics and prosthetics. Role of products / technologies in the environment as facilitators according to the classification ICF

- Classification ISO 9999-2011, Tariff Nomenclature (DM 332/99) and 1599/2011 DGR

- tariff nomenclature (DM 332/99): performance prosthetic assistance, aids payable by the SSN, entitled, amenability to homogeneity of the function, mode of delivery, stages of the supply process

- Role of the physiotherapist to inform, guide and advise the person in the choice of the aid and customization, training and involvement caregivers

- Knowledge of the Italian portal on the assessment of aids (SIVA-Milan), consultation with the various sections (databases, ideas, documents, experiences, library)

- no-decubitus Surfaces (ISO 03:33)

- Aids for the self-care and personal protection (ISO 09)

- Personal mobility (ISO 12)

- Carriage (ISO 12/21)

- Aids for home care (ISO 15)

- Seating Systems (ISO 18)

- Communication Aids (ISO 21)

- The manual wheelchair: classification, selection criteria, customized to optimize mobility

- Self-propelling wheelchair and customization buoyancy, posture in a wheelchair, maintenance

- The power wheelchair: classifications, types of traction, driving modes and commands

- Training for use of the wheelchair manual and electronic for the caregiver and the user

- Injuries and pressure surfaces decubitus

- The transfer and lifting aids

- Aids and orthoses for the journey

- Home automation, architectural barriers, home adaptations, legislation in support of disability (CAAD network, CRA, CAT, L. Reg. 29/97, L. 13 / '89, DM 236 / '89, Presidential Decree 503 / '96)

- Bathing aids and health services

- Informatic aids and communication aids

- Static and dynamic orthosis for the upper limb and lower limb


Radaelli, Valsecchi, Caracciolo. "Terapia occupazionale. Ausili e metodologie per l'autonomia" Raffaello Cortina editore 2008

Devis Trioschi "Una casa su misura - Domande e risposte per migliorare l'accessibilità domestica" Download dal sito: www.ausilioteca.org






Teaching methods


Practical exercises on the evaluation, operation and training in the use of aids.

Assessment methods

Presentation of elaborate (power point) of adaptation of the home to make it accessible and usable to a person with disabilities, also with assistive devices  proposed for autonomy.

Teaching tools

PC, video projector, Aids

Office hours

See the website of Marco Colombo