Hand Problems in Children with Disabilities (AOTA)
(2028_100P)

CREDIT HOURS: 8

This Intermediate interactive course is designed to present an overview of hand function in terms of medical, educational, psychological, and anthropological perspectives, by reviewing these frames of reference: physiological, developmental, sensory integration, motor control, and the model of human occupation. Normal (typical) and atypical developmental sequences are first compared through clinical observations of video, photographs, and illustrations, and experiential lab learning experiences. Use of a prehension assessment and models of analysis are illustrated by a lifespan case study.

Treatment strategies are integrated into areas of occupational performance such as ADLs, IADLs, education, play, leisure and social participation.

Teaching Methods include
course content delivered in text format, clinical observations of video, photographs, and illustrations, and experiential lab learning experiences.

AOTA Classification Codes for Continuing Education Activities for this course are:

Category 1: Domain of Occupational Therapy, Areas of Occupation and Performance Skills
Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process, Evaluation and Intervention

Course Goal: To provide an overview the basics of normal (typical) and atypical hand function.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the contribution of historical and contemporary research in the fields of different disciplines to the study of hand development
  • Recognize the value of a broad base of theoretical frames of reference
  • Experience the foundational components of arm and hand development
  • Identify interruptions of normal arm and hand development that result in compensatory postures and movements
  • Select effective assessment procedures
  • Use assessment information to plan treatment

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