Hand Preference Issues and Applications to Practice (AOTA)


Course Description

This course is designed to present an overview of hand preference in terms of cultural, social, evolutional, historical, gender, genetic and environmental factors. Normal components of hand preference are examined from the perspectives of sensory-motor development and hemispheric specialization. Informal and formal assessments are illustrated by case studies, which then present examples of how “handedness” problems can be identified and managed.

Course Goal: To offer a brief overview of current literature on the subject of hand preference and handedness and explore some interpretations of its relevance in clinical practice

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the contribution of historical and contemporary research in the fields of different disciplines to the study of hand preference.
  • Experience the normal sequences of arm and hand development that contribute to the mature repertoire of unilateral and bilateral skills.
  • Give examples of the genetic, developmental, and environmental factors relating to handedness in non-disabled and disabled individuals.
  • Select effective assessment procedures.
  • Use assessment information to plan management.
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