Online Course
The Role of Occupational Therapy in Acute Spinal Cord Injury
Expand your understanding of the OT's role in SCI rehabilitation

1-1.5 hours





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Wendy Oelofse
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Wendy Oelofse is an occupational therapist with a passion for spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

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Occupational therapists (OTs) belong to a multidisciplinary team of professionals who work with individuals who have spinal cord injuries (SCI). Their role in SCI rehabilitation includes enhancing an individual's execution of daily life activities and fine movements. This course will explore the role of occupational therapists in acute spinal cord injury in detail. It will offer examples of interventions provided by occupational therapists to enhance participation and quality of life in individuals with SCI.


This course aims to explore the role of the occupational therapist in an acute spinal cord injury rehabilitation team.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.9 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the acute phase of spinal cord injury
  • explain occupational therapy and occupational therapy management principles in acute spinal cord injury
  • discuss the occupational therapist’s role in preventing secondary complications in acute spinal cord injury
  • describe the occupational therapist's role in retraining activities of daily living and offering psychological support in acute spinal cord injury based on a given case scenario
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